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Gas prices increase more than a nickel a gallon Georgia gas prices have taken one of the biggest jumps in the Southeast over the past week. Gas prices increased by 5¢ per gallon last week. Investors were unable to sustain the high price of crude oil and watched it drop more than $10 this week to settle Friday at $75.11 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The national average price of unleaded regular gasoline is $2.91 per gallon and Tennessee’s average price is $2.78 per gallon, both reflecting a three-cent increase from last week. Florida’s average price is $2.90, up two cents from last week, and Georgia’s is $2.84, an increase of five cents, respectively.

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North Georgia Bank failures send a red flag to authorities Criminal Investigations are opened Becky Landress Tribune Editor

During the month of March alone, five different North Georgia banks failed. The number of bank failures for the state of Georgia is the Who could ask for more than a Friday night filled with good food, good friends and good football? A TCHS Blue vs. White football game is scheduled for this Friday night, May 14th, starting at 5 p.m. at the TCHS football stadium. BBQ and other concessions will be served at the game. Tickets can be obtained at C&J Mountain Outfitters in Hiawassee prior to the game or they may be purchased from any TCHS Indian football player. See you at the game!

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City of Hiawassee urges Bank to retain local employees

highest in the nation, at 37 banks. “The northern district of Georgia has had more bank failures than any other district in the nation,” stated U.S. attorney Sally Yates. Due to this fact, federal authori-

ties have now opened criminal investigations into a number of different bank failures in this district. Authorities have not specified which North Georgia banks are included in the criminal

investigation, nor how many of those banks. Most of the failed banks in the mountains ran into trouble when large pools of real estate and development loans went bad. Every time this happens, federal

regulators move in and search through records, looking for any obvious wrong doing. If anything jumps out immediately at the regulators, those potential problems are forwarded on to federal see BANKS on page 6A

Students rule at 2010 Special Olympics

Becky Landress Tribune Editor

At the regular City of Hiawassee Council meeting held on May 4, council members, along with Mayor Barbara Mathisurged new local banks to retain local employees. Mayor Mathis signed a Resolution this. Upon motion made and seconded, the Council adopted the Resolution urging local Banks to retain local employees. The Tribune ran a story in the April 27th edition, announcing Bank of Hiawassee, now owned by Gastonia based Citizens South, will be laying off more than thirty employees this summer. The vast majority of those employees come from the main branch of the bank with several more included in the operations office. In other business at the meeting- Upon a motion made and seconded, the Council also ratified the Mayor’s execution of a depository agreement with the Bank of Hiawassee under the Georgia Safe Funds Act and released the prior Institution holding collateral. [Safe Funds Act, Requirement for Government Depository] Council member, Joan Crothers, reported on the work of the Committee in their May meeting. Items included their discussion of the need for a SPLOST to fund needed city projects; a discussion of Downtown Development and the Comprehensive Plan; a discussion of the need to encourage the new local banks to retain local employees; the final submission of the City’s loan application to USDA; and support for sidewalks. The Mayor reported on see COUNCIL on page 6A

Becky Landress/ Tribune photo The 2010 Special Olympic games were held at the football field and track of Towns County Schools Wednesday. Students from Towns and Union County schools participated in events of all sorts. The Special Olympics is an annual event for Towns/ Union County Schools. The students are encouraged by fellow classmates, teachers and coaches. The day was filled with smiles just like the one Wesley wears in the photo above. See page 9A for more Special Olympic photos from the big event.

Accident at Junction results in injuries

This accident at the junction of Hwy 17& 76 in Young Harris occurred on Wednesday, May 5th, around 5p.m. Traffic was routed through the parking lots of neighboring gas stations while the accident was investigated and cleaned up. Injuries were reported and one patient was flown out. No word as of the names and conditions of the victims as of press time.

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Regular meetings

calendar events and community news

Commissioner’s meeting 3rd Thursday of every month at 5:30 in the court-

Chili cookers and runners--time is getting short! the Fairgrounds and back. You can run, walk, or push the baby carriage. Prizes and t-shirts are waiting for you.

room. hiawassee council meeting is the 1st Tuesday of each

month at 4 p.m. young harris council meets the 1st Tuesday of each month. towns county school board meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Towns County Water Authority The Towns County Water Authority’s monthly board meeting time is changing. The new time will be every 3rd Monday of the month at 6 PM instead of 7 PM

Community Calendar Mountain Computer User Group meets the 2nd

Monday of each month in the Goolsby Center, Young Harris College.  All meetings are open to the public.  Great door prizes will be awarded to members present. A Q&A session will begin at 6 PM (prior to the feature presentation at 7PM) so bring your questions and we will try to find an answer.  Come join us for an interesting evening about computer topics. The Mountain Coin Club for  beginner and advanced

numismatists, young and old,  meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Blairsville Civic Center. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m.  A brief business meeting precedes the educational program at 6:30 p.m. A coin auction follows.  Visitors from surrounding areas are welcome. For more information, call Ye Old Coin Shop, 706-3791488 Mountain Community Seniors meet 2nd Thursday at 2 pm at Senior Center in Hiawassee. Bridge- Newcomers and visitors are welcome for

Everyone is busy, but if you haven’t signed up for the Towns County Fire Corps second “Fire in the Mountains” Chili Cook-off on Memorial Day Saturday, May 29, 2010, now is the time to do it. Go to our website townscountyfirecorps.org and the rules and registration forms are there for both the cook-off and the 5K Race. Both events will be held on the square in Hiawassee GA to benefit the Towns County Fire Rescue Department. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. going from the square to

-May 25th 12 Noon, Daniels Steakhouse; Towns County Monthly meeting. Everyone/Anyone is welcome to attend. -May 25 at 6:00pm, Survivor Dinner for all Survivors. Completely FREE of charge. Invitations will be sent out. Dinner will be held at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church in the Life Center. Please make sure if you are a survivor, that your name is on our register. Please call the telephone number listed below.  - Towns County Relay will be held on Friday June 4th 6p-until. The Relay will be located on the Town Square.  -Luminaries on are sale; either for IN MEMORY/ IN HONOR  -Brown & Pink  “Fight Like a Girl’ T-shirts contact any local team- They will be on sale as long as the supplies last!  Anyone with any questions reguarding how they can volunteer or a specific event please feel free to call 706-897-3228 The Eastern Stars Are Looking for Your Help!!  Once again, the Stars of Hiawassee, in an effort to raise funds to relieve some of the financial burdens of our community, are asking for your assistance and participation in our Annual Yard Sale!  This year, as always, it will be held on Memorial Day Weekend and we need your Spring Cleaning Donations.  While cleaning out your closets and garages should you come across items that would make perfect treasures for someone else, please remember the Stars! Call Ina Kozesky (706-896-2995), Frances Shook (706-896-2647), Britney Pack (706-7458160), or Alan Lovell (706-896-8611) a call to come by and pick up your donated items.  Thank you!

Safe Boating Course held in Young Harris, Georgia

By Bob Garrott, Flotilla intermediate level bridge. We meet on Mondays and Fridays at 12:45 p.m. at the Towns County Recreation 2-3 Public Affairs Officer Department. Contact Eden at 706-896-6921 for more   information. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 2-3 recently GA Chapter Meeting -The Blue Ridge Mountains provided a free Safe BoatChapter of the Military Officers Association of America ing Course to nine local (MOAA) meets the third Monday of each month at vari- area recreational boaters ous area restaurants. All active duty, National Guard, at The Ridges Resort in Reserve, Retired, and former Military, Public Health Young Harris, GA.  ProService, NOAA officers, warrant officers and surviving grams were held on the spouses are invited to attend. For information please evenings of April 27 and contact John Quinlan at 706-896-2430 or visit www. May 4, with attendance at both sessions to receive moaa.org/chapter/blueridgemountains. course credit. VFW Fish Fry All You Can Eat, only $9.00. 2nd and 4th Friday, 4:30-

Win the top prize of $300 with your special chili recipe. Like belly buttons, everyone has one, but your chili can be the winner! $200, $100 for the second and third prizes. We have plenty of room around the square for your cooking and your creative booth. Cooks will get their thing going at 8 a.m., opening ceremonies will be at 10:30 a.m. and judging at noon. The whole family will enjoy entertainment, food, ice cream, and fire safety demonstrations by the firemen, especially geared to the children. If you need more information, call 706-896-6240 and leave a message and someone will get back to you asap. Don’t miss the fun!

Relay for Life Upcoming Events

Many of the attendees were there because this no7:00p.m. VFW Post 7807 on Highway 288, Hiawassee. cost course meets the new North Carolina law requirMountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild, Inc (MRACG) ing anyone younger than meets the second Tuesday of each month at ArtWorks Artisan Centre.  ArtWorks is located at 308 Big Sky Drive Towns County Youth Football Cheerleading (behind the Holiday Inn), Hiawassee. Refreshments Registration are served at 6:00 pm and the meeting begins at 6:30 pm. The next meeting will be held on May 11. If you Towns County Youth would like to learn more about the Guild, we invite you Cheerleading is now regto the next meeting as our guest. Contact us at 706- istering girls for the 2010 fall season. Forms will be 896-0932 or mtnregartscraftsguild.org sent home from school. or visit mtnregartscraftsguild@hotmail.com. You may also pick one up Computer Club To Discuss Recycling or Redeploying in the elementary school Computers On May 10th at 7PM there will be a presen- office. Please fill out and tation of Useful Websites and Ideas about what one return the form with the can do with an old computer.  The presentation will be $60 registration fee by June 5, 2010. This fee covers the given by MCUG board member Randy Gehring, who rental of the uniform and also serves as the club’s Webmaster.  Randy will discuss pom-poms and a trophy. some innovative recycling information and redeployment ideas.   A “Q&A” session will begin at 6 PM (prior Forms can be returned to the presentation) so bring your questions and we to Ellen Stephens at Towns will try to find you an answer.  Join us for an interesting County Elementary school evening discussing home computer stuff.  The meeting until May 27, 2010 or you will be held in the Goolsby Center, Young Harris Col- may bring your form and lege.  All the Mountain Computer User Group meetings check to the fitting season are open to the public the 2nd Monday of each month.  on June 5, 2010 from 9 Great door prizes are awarded to members present. For am-12 pm at the Towns County Recreation Departmore information please go to www.mcug.org. ment. Please make checks payable to Towns County “Yahoo…It’s A Barbeque celebrating Dads and DaughYouth Cheerleading. ters!  Saturday, May 22nd, Hiawassee Trout Lodge at 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by McConnell Memorial Baptist If you have any quesChurch Women’s Ministries.  Tickets are $15.00 per tions, or if you are interDad/cowgirl(s) and are available at the McConnell ested in coaching a squad, please contact Ellen Church office, 84 Church Street, in Hiawassee Stephens at 897-4999 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 2-3 will have its or Bunny Williams 781monthly meeting at 7:00 pm on Tuesday May 11, 2010.  8945. The meeting will be at Towns County Fire Station 6, located on Route 288 south of Highway 76.  Anyone interested in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and its missions is welcome to attend.  Please call Bob Garrott at 757-567-0962 for more information.

26 shall have completed a Boating Safety Course in order to operate a vessel over nine horsepower. The course includes an introduction to boating, boating laws, personal safety equipment, safe boat handling, navigation, boating problems, trailering, storing and protecting your boat, and hunting, fishing, waterskiing and other water sports. For more information on future course dates or to register, contact James Nolin, USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 2-3 at 706-8972911 or doorjimmy@

Assistant Instructor Leslie Moore provides course attendees with hands-on training in recreational boating safety. brmemc.net or the Ridges Resort at 706-896-2112.  For general information about boating safety courses, vessel safety

checks or other Auxiliary activities, visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary website at http://www.cgaux.org

Towns County Fire & Rescue Report 04/26/10 14:36 R-1,E-1                    Hwy 76 W                         Auto Accident 04/27/10 10:36 R-1                          Hwy 76 E                            Medical                 18:16 E-1,4,6                   Dune Rd                             Chimney Fire                 18:38 R-1                        Rock Creek Rd                    Medical 04/28/10 09:28 R-2                         Y/H College                        Medical                11:29 R-1                         Hwy 76 W                           Medical                 17:48 E-2                      William Holland Retreat   Stuck in Elevator                 19:56 R-1                        Hwy 76 E                            Auto Accident 04/29/10 10:21 R-1                         T/C School                          Medical                 10:37 R-1                        Hwy 75 N                            Auto Accident                 22:35 R-1                        Cedar Cliff Rd                     Auto Accident 04/30/10 13:41 E-1                         Hwy 76 E                             Fire Alarm                17:36 E-1                         Hwy 76 W                            Fuel Spill 05/01/10 07:41 Dive Team             Lake Chatuge                   Triatholon Swim                07:49 R-2,E-2                  Hwy 17 / 339                      Traffic Control                10:02 R-1                        Tom Wheeler Rd                 Medical                13:13 R-1                        Upper Bell Rd                      Medical     ��          19:34 R-1                        Lower Bell  Rd                     Medical 05/02/10 07:02 Dive Team            Lake Chatuge                    Triatholon Swim                 07:14 R-5                        Hwy 75 S                            Auto Accident                 07:48 R-2, E-2                 Hwy 17/ 339                      Traffic Control                 12:04 R-1                        Big Sky Dr                             Medical                 22:23 R-1                       Martin Rd                              Medical                02:22  E-4                       Hwy 76 E                               Fire Alarm 05/03/10 11:34 R-2                        Hwy 66                                  Medical                 11:33 R-1                  Cedar Cliff Rd                  Cancelled En Route

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D.T.’s World Cup 2010 Soccer Camp

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D.T.’s summer soccer camp is designed for the beginner player to the advanced player. Camp focuses on working on your first touch and having confidence with the ball. Camp emphasizes on all aspects of technical ball skills to guarantee to improve your soccer skills. The Director: Dave Thureson: Former Professional soccer player, Canadian National Team Player, High School, College, and

Professional Coach, USSF A License, ODP Region 3 Coach and Club Director. Dates: June 3rd, 4th, 5th, Thurs. Fri. Sat. 2010 Ages: 6-18 Fields: Towns County Rec. Department Cost: $65 (t-shirt included) Times: First Session 9a.m.-11:30a.m. Ages 6-10 Second Session 12p.m.-2 :30p.m. Ages: 11-18 • Please take applications, money/checks to Joyce Moss (front desk) 706-896-4131 ext. 0 Towns County High/ Middle School. Deadline May 21, 2010 • Make Checks payable to Dave Thureson

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community news Your local Zaxby’s gives mothers at nursing home a Mother’s Day Thank You Zaxby’s of Hiawassee made a very special visit this Mother’s Day weekend and it wasn’t your ordinary chicken delivery. Corry Strange, owner of Zaxby’s in Hiawassee surprised resident mothers of Chatuge Regional Nursing home Friday with flowers for Mother’s Day. Zaxby’s understands that while serving local residents good food is important, so are the bonds that are made in this small town. “I absolutely love it here. There is uniqueness about the people of Hiawassee and everyone here is so kind and genuine,” says Corry when asked about the town he now calls a second home. Zaxby’s recently held a “Repeat Day” in which customers could buy a meal and redeem it within a certain amount of time. The day went so well for Zaxby’s that Corry wanted

Becky Landress/ Tribune photo > Corry with nursing home resident mothers, Opal Berrong (L) and Velzie Barrett.

to give something back to Hiawassee and he realized that the goodness of this town had a great deal to do with the elders who have nurtured it along. Zaxby’s specializes in fast casual dining and offers a variety of chicken dishes for lunch and dinner. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday 11 a.m.-9p.m. Zaxby’s is located on Main Street in Hiawassee.

Becky Landress/ Tribune Photo Zaxby’s owner, Corry Strange, presents a flower to Chatuge Regional Nursing home resident, Hazel Chips.

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opinions and editorials

What’s on your mind? To the Editor: Please allow me to comment upon and add some detail about the 28 April 2010; North Georgia News and Towns County Herald press release provided by the Chris Cates campaign team and the event referred to in that article. The subject meeting was not an NRA Club meeting.  It was a meeting of the Chatuge Gun Club which has its headquarters in Hiawassee, Georgia which is not in the Dr. Cates’ congressional district.  The Chatuge Gun Club has been in existence for over 28 years and is a non-profit organization with 550+ men and women from Towns, Union and Clay counties (and beyond).  The club provides a venue for these members to learn about, practice and enjoy the shooting sports.  The Chatuge Gun Club maintains an affiliation with the NRA.  Our members share a common concern for the protection and preservation of our Second Amendment rights but the Chatuge Gun Club is not a political organization.  We began holding our Annual Meeting at the Anderson Music Hall at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in 2007 when it became apparent this was about the only local facility that would hold the crowd our members and guests.  It was at this 2007 meeting that we began inviting all the family of members to attend as well.  We provide live music, have swap meets, collect dues, conduct door prize drawings and serve a catered meal to all - “on the club”.  This was and remains a club function for Club members and is enjoyed by all.  The high point of the night this year

was having Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association attending and serving as the featured speaker.

Dear Editor: I feel moved to write about immigration, as it is an emotional topic for many, including myself. Being hispanic is a part of my heritage......my mom was from Venezuela and was put in a boarding school in New Jersey by her mom when she was about 9 yrs old. She learned english and praises God she grew up here, worked here, paid taxes, later married and had a family, continuing to work until retirement......and she now volunteers, teaching adults to read. I applaud Governor Jan Brewer, the state of Arizona and the legal immigrants who no longer tolerate the injustice that has gone on in their state and pray that all states will follow suit. Many people who are in this country illegally, I believe don’t understand that what they’ve probably been told and taught their whole lives about coming here to this country is not the truth. It is NOT ok. I love the hispanic people and I love all babies......and all children...... but the fact that an illegal can come here and have a child who is automatically a citizen entitled to a social security number and benefits is insane. Now, I don’t say this to be cruel. But there are laws regarding illegals that exist for a reason. Those who have come here legally respect that. I believe many do not speak english or know where or how to learn english, what the law is, or where the money comes from that pays for these benefits......and they would be crazy to not come here and stay here at any cost to have them. There are many up in arms (U.S. citizens) saying that this bill is unconstitutional. What I don’t understand is the

ignorance of them not knowing that the Constitution is for American citizens. It is, isn’t it? The first line of the Constitution (with original spelling) reads:  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” This law of Arizona’s is no different than the government’s law that already exists. The Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act (SB 529) which was written by state Senator Chip Rogers and signed into law on April 17, 2006 by Gov. Sonny Perdue, http://www.legis. state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/pdf/sb529.pdf is outlined at http://thedustininmansociety.org/blog/?p=178 ,clear and understandable. I can’t help but think that the Americans who are freaking out about Arizona’s law, simply have not read it and don’t trust our amazing law enforcement to not abuse it. Are we required to provide an officer our driver’s licnese or ID when asked? Do you actually consider that to be a threat to your “rights” when it is ultimately for YOUR safety? Do we trust our law enforcement? We trust them to help us. We trust them to answer and respond to our calls to 911. We expect them to save us, to risk their lives for us, to protect us. Why would we

With that being said, I invited Dr. Cates to attend as our guest expecting that he might wish to pass out a few cards for his campaign.  What I didn’t expect was that he would show up with four people that interfered with our service lines hindering the ability of our members and guests to be served dinner; and in one case step in front of Mr. LaPierre and stick a handful of brochures into his chest, asking him if he “voted in the ninth district”.  When Mr. LaPierre’s initially arrived, Dr. Cates butted into a conversation between Mr. LaPierre and club officers and when being reminded that we were at a Gun Club meeting, and asked to allow Mr. LaPierre to pass, he stepped aside.  Within five steps was in front of him again.  This rudeness was not exactly what I expected from an invited guest at our meeting.  Dr. Cates abused the opportunity given to him, to further his political agenda. I wish to note that the Towns Tribune presented a factual and representative account of the meeting.  Photos were taken by the Towns County Herald but the Chris Cates campaign team’s political report with a picture of Dr. Cates was all the Herald and the North Georgia News chose to report.  I thought I would send this in to let you all know what really went on at out gathering of friends.   /s/ Ed Jones, President Chatuge Gun Club

see LET LYVERS on page 6A

Just a Thought...

Becky Landress

Normal... right? A good part of my

weekend was spent riding around, enjoying my husband, the daughter that I can still force to be with me, and the beautiful weather.

parents. The amazing thing is, they don’t mind being with their significant other’s (boyfriend) family.

My husband, youngest daughter and I, went riding from our home in Young Harris to Clayton, and just about everywhere in between. The older kids weren’t with us since they can no longer be seen with their

is.

I’m not sure what it It gets me wondering if my children really do find me (or my husband more than likely, huh) that embarrassing. I shower daily, our house stays somewhat clean and we try to mind our manners; yet, they hardly ever invite their boyfriends over to our house. Hummm, makes me wonder. We are both relatively young and we don’t have a face covered in moles or any other characteristic that they would have to explain. My oldest daughter frequented her boyfriend’s house. She would drive her little car from our house to his- almost daily. He would come to our house maybe once or twice a month. We just figured he was out of gas money. Now, we are going through the same thing with our second daughter. When her boyfriend pulls up, she

rushes out the door, as if she can’t get him away from her batty family fast enough. When she gets home, it is just before curfew, so there is no time for socialization. I mean, it is difficult to bring in your guy to the family with only 15 seconds left on the clock until complete lock down, right? Oh well, we may never know. In the meantime, I am content on just knowing the boy and his family. They are good, regular people… what I thought we were until my children made me doubt that fact. It’s a good thing that my teens take no interest in what I have to say, or what I do. If they did, they would read this column and my house would reek of tense silence for the next year. Hey… could someone show them a copy? I’m not so sure that is sounding so awful.

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Legislation to Move Georgia Forward

By Sen. Jim Butterworth

While this was one of the longest legislative sessions in history for Georgia’s lawmakers, it has also been hailed as one of the most productive. In January, we had a full plate containing, among other things, unprecedented budget gaps and a devastating unemployment rate. We finished session with a constitutionally balanced budget, reduced government and fewer taxes. The legislation we passed positions Georgia to lead the nation in economic growth and prosperity. The one issue that clearly headlined this session was the budget. We began with revenues at the lowest since the Great Depression with the hopeful projection of seeing slight gains in the beginning months. Through the remaining winter months revenues continued to decline and the legislature had to come up with over $2 billion in cuts between the remainder of the 2010 budget and the General 2011 budget. Constitutionally, we can not operate “above our means” so we had to cut spending, just like families across Georgia. We cut spending by 12.5 percent from FY 2009. While cutting spending and not raising taxes, state lawmakers consolidated government and increased efficiency. In order to pass a balanced budget, we had to craft legislation to alleviate the strains of our General Fund. We passed a bill, which will levy a fee of 1.45 percent on the net patient revenue of a hospital. Funds raised will go straight into the Indigent Care Trust Fund, which will be used to provide medical care for the poor. Not one dollar will flow to the state General Fund. This legislation is projected to earn $229 million dollars and it will draw down an additional $500 million of federal dollars for state Medicaid. Hospitals support this measure because, while they do pay the fee, they will get a higher reimbursement rate from the Medicaid patients they see. We are essentially leveraging hospital fees to maximize Medicaid dollars. It’s important to note that HB 307 was ultimately combined into another tax-cutting bill (HB 1055) and the hospital fee will expire in three years. The tax relief benefits of the remainder of HB 1055 may last forever. This massive tax relief package affects nearly every Georgian. The bill has been named the Georgia Taxpayer Relief Act of 2010. It delivers a fair and honest tax system. The measure eliminates, by phase-out, the taxes on all senior retirement income. Once

fully enacted the tax cut will be more than $250 million per year. It also eliminates the state’s portion of the ad valorem property tax. This is a triumph for property owners, as the state will no longer be involved in taxing property. During the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, we have actually wiped-out entire layers of taxes. A key element of HB 1055 reduces taxpayer subsidies on services for others by adjusting outdated and antiquated state fees and fines. When a fee does not cover the cost of the service provided, Georgia taxpayers subsidize the activities of specific individuals or businesses by paying the remaining cost. Simply by updating these fees, taxpayers will save billions. For example, we will impose a $150 fee for individuals appealing DUI license suspensions instead of the state covering the cost of such a proceeding. Right now, taxpayers are picking up this cost. By implementing this new fee, it will save taxpayers $3 million per year. Every Georgian needs as much financial relief as possible. Earlier in the session, the legislature voted in favor of giving Georgia’s job sector a boost with the Jobs, Opportunity, and Business Success Act of 2010 (JOBS Act of 2010 or House Bill 1023). A key provision to this bill is the creation of an “angel investor” tax credit, which will reward those who invest in Georgia start-up companies that create jobs. Employers will also receive credit against the unemployment tax if they hire someone currently receiving unemployment benefits. Coupling this bill with many of the other fiscal measures we passed cultivates a climate for development and growth within Georgia. We gave small businesses the room and flexibility they need to grow, expand and manage their business. The state legislature fought for small businesses that are unfairly treated in this economy. I sponsored House Bill 926 in the Senate, which will allow state banks to renew loans in good standing. The economy, declining property values, and other loan losses have caused locally owned, reliable businesses, in good standing with their bank, to have trouble renewing their loans. This forces them to look for another credit lender in a very bad market. This is legislation for small businesses. They are the backbone of Georgia’s economy. I am honored to serve and represent the 50th Senate District in the State Senate. I will continue to work on your behalf for tax relief, education, economic development and a strong, sustainable economy. Please continue to contact me with your thoughts, questions and concerns.

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community, church happenings, and obituaries 2010 4-H Georgia State BB Obituaries Journal of a Living Lady With... Nancy White Kelly fame can be detrimental to one’s legacy.

Notoriety is a funny thing. One day you are a nobody and gradually everybody, at least locally, seems to know you. After writing a newspaper column for over 12 years, being on Oprah, surviving two major and public bouts of cancer, writing a book, traveling the world, you might expect a few fans. But not the paparazzi. Not in the quaint mountain town of Young Harris, Georgia. Recently Buddy and I were preparing for a morning visit to town. We needed a belt for the vacuum cleaner. It was a good excuse to stop for pancakes at a cozy restaurant across the street from our church. There was coolness in the house so I donned a light jacket and glanced outside for a more accurate check on the weather. To my amazement there was a small crowd of folks at the far corner of our property.  Parked cars lined the street near the edge of the pasture. “Come see this” I called to Buddy. “Twenty-five people or more are gathered outside. They have cameras and binoculars.” Buddy sprinted across the den. His eyes widened in disbelief. “What are they doing?” he whispered. “I don’t know, but they sure seem interested in us.” No longer whispering, Buddy asked with a hint of distain, “Have you applied for a reality show?” “No, have you?” I asked with obvious sarcasm. Being slightly famous is fun for some. Not so much for me. I don’t care to be followed by nosey reporters. Never will I be a candidate for that dancing program which aims to make buffoons of aging actresses, astronauts, and computer programmers. Five extra minutes of

Nevertheless, I went to the bathroom, fluffed my hair and re-applied my make-up. This time I was careful that my lipstick was straight. Never know when a candid picture may show up on the cover of People magazine. Buddy and I quietly got into the car.  Our three acres has total road frontage. Buddy suggested we travel the back section which butted the main frontage road just behind the group. If all went as planned, the celebrity hounds wouldn’t notice us at all. Buddy slowly made his way up the gravely incline and inched toward the stop sign. So far we had not drawn attention. As we drew closer to the conspicuously quiet group, we could see faces. There they were, men and women outfitted in comfortable outdoor attire, staring intently through large binoculars. Buddy and I were proud of our near escape. While the crowd was looking high and low, we were about to turn the opposite direction.  I was the first to spot an identification badge. I spontaneously laughed so hard I held my belly.  “Turn left, honey.  Not right. Left” Puzzled at my hysterical out-burst and strange request, Buddy dutifully turned left in front of the group of mostly middleaged stalkers. Buddy lowered his side window as he slowly passed by.  “Howdy, folks. It’s a nice day,” he said pleasantly to the man closest to the road. Then Buddy moaned as the words on the badge sunk in. Written in bold block letters was an I.D.: “BIRD WATCHER.” Buddy and I meekly gave little waves as we continued down the road. What lesson was learned that memorable day?  Some people are living legends in their own minds. nancyk@windstream.net

Pine Grove Baptist

The Marksmen will be at Pine Grove Baptist Church on May 15, 2010 starting at 7 p.m. The church is located off of Swaims Road on 17-69 going towards Hayesville, NC. Pastor Dwayne Patterson ivies everyone to come out refreshment will be served afterwards. Dwayne Patterson, Pastor.

Gun Championships

Larry Ernest Owenby

Mr. Larry Ernest Owenby, age 62 of Hiawassee, GA passed away on Monday, May 03, 2010 following a period of declining health. He was born to the late Paul and Paralee (Beck) Owenby on April 09, 1948 in Clayton, GA. He is survived The 2010 Towns County 4-H BB Team with the trophies provided by his daughter, by the Sons of the American Legion: Ed Jones, Carol Rosenqvist, Jamie Anderson, William Lovelady, Phillip Lovell, McKenzie Henderson, Jessi Patrick, Walker Ross, Bill Wendel, Reed Moss, Mitch Floyd, Ruby Rhinesmith, of Hiawassee, GA; A.T. Sorrells, Dazy Perry son, Josh Owenby, of Atlanta, GA; sisters, smith, Ed Jones, Mitch Frances Owens and Trisha Submitted By: Ed Jones Mitchell, Bill Wendel, Owenby, both of HiawasCombine 590 well-be- “Dazy” Perry and A.T. see, GA; two grandchilhaved, fourth thru eighth Sorrells. Several of these dren, Bree and Lee Andergrade armed competitors coaches have been doing son, both of Hiawassee,

representing ninety-four 5-7 man teams and 40 competitors shooting as Individuals; add 1100+/adult parents, coaches etc.; stir in some 80 degree rainless weather with only a zephyr of wind and you are describing the 2010 4-H Georgia State BB Gun Championships. That’s the way it was at “Rock Eagle”, the 4-H Center located near Eatonton Georgia on Saturday, 1 May 2010. Gun Safety was the prevalent message and was scrupulously practiced by all in attendance. Towns County entered one team and one shooting as an individual in the contest. These athletes represented the result of four months of weekly practice with their coaches. They left Hiawassee Friday afternoon to spend the evening and night in one of the many cabins by the lake at Rock Eagle. Saturday they would be “on the range” by 8 am and compete until about 5 pm. The team coaches had left earlier Friday for The Rock to handle registration and set up of the firing point, tents and shelters for the following day. The coaches were all members of the Chatuge Gun Club and are Certified NRA Rifle Instructors. The seven volunteers were: Carol Rosenqvist, Ruby Rhine-

this for longer than 12 years. When the “smoke cleared” after shooting 10 shots for record in each of the 4 positions; Prone, Standing, Sitting and Kneeling and completing a written test on shooting fundamentals and safety, the competitors and their followers packed up camp and headed home to Hiawassee to await the results. I have been working with this program for the past 14 years and must say this is the most successful and skilled group yet. They keep getting better each year. The total score is an aggregate of 100 points in each of 4 positions and 100 + points from a written examination coving gun safety and marksmanship basics. Most competitors fired scores at this competition that were higher than any of their past scores, proving they can rise to the cause. To mention a few: Jessi Patrick 457/500; Reed Moss 439/500; William Lovelady 436/500; Walker Ross 430/500; McKenzie Henderson 413/500 and shooting as an individual, Phillip Lovell 385/500. Congratulations to all the shooters and thanks to the parents who helped and just remember…….. C ya’ll next year.

Butterfly Brain Tumor Foundation for Children The 1st annual Bluegrass Festival to benefit the Butterfly Brain Tumor Foundation for Children will be held May 21st and 22nd, 2010. Show times are Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Classic cars will be on display, vendors and local crafts. Some bands featured include: The Raven Welch Band, Roots & Branches, Forgiven, Hwy 76, Parker Brothers, Regrass and many more! Take 19-129 North from Blairsville approx. 2 miles. Located on Pat Colwell Rd. across from bridge. Contact Ken @ 706-835-9230 for more info.

Mom

A mother is a special kind of woman We are bound to them By a lifetime of love We were put together by a higher power And if a child is in need A mother is always there They support and care for us In our tender years They give us their best advice They prepare us for a world of strife And if need be for us They give their very life So one day called “Mother’s Day” Is not enough We send flowers or cards Or gifts and say thank you In one way or another But each day of my life I pray, God bless my mother /s/ Bruce Sims

Connie Lynn McCray Silvers

Connie Lynn McCray Silvers, age 42 of Hiawassee, GA formerly of Hayesville,NC passed away Friday, May 7, 2010 at the Chatuge Regional Nursing Home. She was a native of Cherokee County,NC and the daughter of Marie Ferguson McCray of Hayesville, NC and the late Arlin Richmond McCray who passed away in 2009. She loved football especially the Dallas Cowboys. Connie was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church of God. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her sister, Angila McCray who passed away in 1999. In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband, Mark Silvers; two sons, Kenny Silvers and his wife, Alisha of Hiawassee, GA. and Brandon Silvers of Hiawassee, GA., one daughter, Hope Silvers of Jasper, GA.,

GA; and a number of nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 12N from the chapel of Banister Funeral Home with Rev. Glen Eller officiating. Music was provided by Glen and Sheila Eller. Pallbearers were: Terry Wright, Kevin Barrett, Terry Taylor, Michael West, Steve Jones and Odell Garrison. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Lovingood, Earl Roberts, Everett Arrowood. Interment was in Pine Grove cemetery. Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee in charge of arrangements. a sister Patricia Green and her husband Richard of Hiawassee, GA., and granddaughter, Selena Silvers of Hiawassee, GA. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 PM Monday, May 10, 2010 at the Townson Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Hayesville, NC. The Rev. Glenn Eller, Rev. Raburne Wilson and Rev. Jarvis Bennett officiated. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dwayne Green, Austin Green, Ricky Moss, Jacob Moss, C.J. Silvers and Ray Everett. The family received friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday, May 9, 2010 at the Townson Rose Funeral Home in Hayesville, NC. You can send tributes to the family at www.mem. com Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

New Organization Serves the North Georgia Mountains By Annette Hopgood, Master Gardener As the Georgia Master Gardeners program celebrated its 30th year, a new local organization was in the making. In the spring of 2009, Mickey Cummings and Robert Brewer, Union and Towns County Cooperative Extension Agents, facilitated a master gardener class with twenty-eight enrolled. According to Mickey Cummings, “The Master Gardeners of Union and Towns Counties are like a springtime rain. They cause good things to grow and I can’t wait to see their future.” The efforts of these agents laid the foundation for the newly-formed TownsUnion Master Gardener Association (TUMGA). In March, Jo Anne Allen, President of the North Georgia Master Gardener’s Association, brought master gardeners together to form TUMGA. The association was organized to meet gardeningrelated needs of the communities of Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, and Suches in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. Nowhere in Georgia can gardeners

share a greater gardening experience than the four seasons of these Appalachian Mountains. Association leaders are Co-Presidents, JoAnn Allen and Judy Caines; Vice President, Patti Bransford; Treasurer, Marcia Little; and Secretary, Lynn Mosley. Meetings will be held the first Thursday of each month on the campus of Young Harris College. TUMGA is already involved in several projects: 1) the design and planting of containers around Blairsville’s town square; 2) re-planting of flower beds at Towns County jail in Hiawassee; 3) Towns County Demonstration Garden; 4) the Union County Farmer’s Market flower show in August; and 5) a winter flower photography exhibition at Union County court house. A website is also in the development. A vital component of the Towns-Union County Master Gardener Association is members’ affiliation with volunteer and training opportunities of the University of Georgia’s Georgia Mountain Education and Research Center in Blairsville.

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community news and jumps

TCHS Business Career Fair Advanced Business students in Business Communications and Presentation class recently completed a comprehensive career unit and chose to end it by hosting a career fair for other high school students in Mrs. McConnell’s room. At the Career Fair, business students dressed as their chosen career, spoke to other students regarding their career, distributed business cards, flyers and brochures about their careers that they had created and showed student-created career presentations. Refreshments were also served. (Right) > Business student Heather Hamilton (L) hands her business card (Elementary Teacher) to Kindle Moss

(Above) Caption for 1858: Business students who participated in Career Expo.

let lyvers continued from page 4A suspect they would abuse or NOT follow this law? YES, it is an ugly truth, that the borders should NOT have been this “open” for so long, left unchecked. Something has finally got to give. So many people are finally realizing, that the sleeping giant is awake- for whatever reasons-the job stimulus that didn’t create any jobs, the out of control spending by a president whose eligibilty status is in question as it is, the healthcare bill pushed thru with questionable deals being made, a govenment that, even though transparency was promised, has the transparency of a mud pond. I believe amnesty for illegals is a smack in the face of folks who have worked so hard to come here legally, abiding by the law, as well as a smack in the face to our law enforcement officers and a smack in the face to our constitution which means nothing to them. If immigrating to this country is difficult, it is for a reason. What has this country been through? Many other illegals from other countries come in thru our insecure borders,

and we have got to be out of our minds to not DEMAND the securing of our borders and accountability of everyone who comes here. When we go to another country, we are required to provide proof of who we are and who we aren’t. If we do not have proof of who we are, do they not have the right to suspect we could be the worst? Check out Mr. Inman’s site and read his story.... his son’s story....a NORTH GEORGIA story. I really believe that anyone who disagrees with Arizona, has NOT had an illegal, of any race, touch their life in a negative light......or they simply have no regard or respect for America, our Constitution, our citizens, or their protection. I would rather drink the water that Governor Brewer is drinking, than the Kool-aid that others appear to be. We ALL need to be wrapped in the American flag, holding our bibles or have respect for those who are, and we need to be taking care of each other as citizens...... or we should leave. /s/Andrea Lyvers, LPN

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council continued from page 1A the public hearing held on April 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm at City Hall. The hearing lasted almost two hours and generated positive interactions among the many participants. Mayor Mathis expressed her appreciation to the groups, organizations and individuals who made presentations or spoke at the hearing. The participants included the Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors represented by its president Andréa Bowman; Hiawassee businesses & merchants interested in Downtown Development including Bill Pierson and Susan Wyman; the Towns County Homeowners’ Association represented by Charley Kraus; Chatuge

bank investigations continued from page 1A prosecutors for review. Charges are not limited to bankers alone, sometimes the investigation pulls out information of fraud committed by borrowers as well. Sometimes, the banks are actually the victims of the fraud. They are forced to take financial hits by loans that were handed out for collateral that is tied up or not valued at the amount presented to the bank. Investigations will included customers that diverted funds awarded by the bank from their intended purpose and bankers that loaned out extreme amounts to specific borrowers. Georgia leads the nation in bank failures, with nine shut down in the past year, five of those during the month of March alone. March included the closing

Announcing the Opening of North Georgia Animal Emergency Hospital The veterinarians of north Georgia and western North Carolina would like to announce the opening on May 10 of the North Georgia Animal Emergency Hospital (NGAEH), a fully staffed cutting edge after hours animal hospital. Eighteen veterinarians and licensed technicians began meeting in early 2009 to discuss the need for an emergency hospital to see critical patients and to provide a place to monitor patients overnight. The hospital will serve North Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Southeastern Tennessee and will temporarily be located at Cohutta Animal Clinic in Blue Ridge Georgia. For years, veterinarians have tried to provide after hours services themselves out of their clinics. It is a wonderful service to provide clients but it is also hard to provide the services that that animals and clients need. Arrival at the hospital by veterinarian and nursing staff can be delayed take many min-

utes and then equipment has to be set up. Other employees may also need to be called in. This costs patients valuable time that they need, if they are critical it is time they may not have. Having a fully staffed hospital available for after hours care has gotten to the point of being a necessity and NGAEH is happy to provide the service, providing high quality medicine in a caring, friendly atmosphere. This is a collaboration between many local animal hospitals and clinics in the tri-state area from Jasper, Ga. to Andrews, NC. NGAEH will be open weekdays 6pm thru 8am, and Friday 6pm thru Monday at 8am providing 24 hour care thruough weekends and all holidays. Upcoming articles will introduce the talented new emergency and critical care doctors and nursing team. To learn more about NGAEH go to their website www. NGAEH.com or call the hospital after hours at 706-632-7879.

Regional Hospital represented by Lewis Kelly; McConnell Church represented by Jimmy McAdams; the Towns County Chamber of Commerce represented by Angle Long, the Towns County Tourism Association represented by Katie Polstea; the Georgia Mountain Fair represented by Hilda Thomason; the Towns County Water & Sewer Authority represented by Chad Hooper and the Towns County Board of Education represented by Dr. Richard Behrens. Upon motion made and seconded, the Council approved and accepted the Dedication of waterlines and related facilities located at “The Meadows of Chatuge”. The one-year warranty period has passed and upon recommendation of the City Manager, City Engineer and the City Water Department, the City accepted these facilities under the City’s agreement with the Developer.

and re-assigning of Hiawassee based Bank of Hiawassee and Ellijay based Appalachian Community Bank. In some communities, banks were closed altogether when the FDIC could not find a willing bank to assign to. One such case is FirstCity Bank in tiny Glascock County. When that bank closed, it was the only one in the community of 690 residents. The nearest bank now is nearly 20 miles away, in a neighboring county. Few in the tiny county expected for the door to be lock and vaults emptied on the bank that had been in business for more than 100 years; much like Bank of Hiawassee, although with BOH, a buyer was assigned, Citizens South Bank based out of Gastonia, South Carolina. Georgia is home to a huge number of state and federally chartered banks. At the end of 2008, Georgia had 334 banks. That’s more than California, which has nearly four times Georgia’s population, or Florida, which has twice as many people. Only five states _ Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Kansas _ have more banks than Georgia, according to the FDIC.

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OPERATION PUP (Prevent Unwanted Pets, Inc.) “Spay & Neuter Cats & Dogs – The Kindest Way To End Pet Overpopulation”

Yacht Club owners, Ron and Debbie, with their shelter dog, Spot.

Spot welcomed dogs at Yappy Hour The dogs that participated in this year’s first Yappy Hour at the Yacht Club were beautiful and well behaved, especially after the first excitement

We need Yokels!

If anyone has a photo to submit to take part in our ‘Local Yokel’ column, please send us a photo and the wore off. They were name of the Yokel to townstribune@gmail.com or welcomed by Spot, you can drop your photo off to us at 101 South Main the owners’ shelter Street Unit 4, Hiawassee. dog. The day couldn’t have been nicer, with the winner’s name. a steady breeze coolHow well do you know ing everyone under your neighbors? What about The first to correctly the table umbrellas. A significant parts of his- identify, will receive either number of dog owners tory located around Towns a 6 months subscription to then stayed for dinner County? Towns Tribune or three free on the patio. Well, this is a brand new classified ads (to be used Operation PUP column, exclusive to the anytime within a year). thanks everyone who Towns Tribune, to test your Send your guess to towncame and we hope to see knowledge. stribune@gmail.com them again next month as Be sure your name and a Each week, a new ‘Local Yappy Hour continues to Yokel’ or a place from way of contact is included. happen the first Thursday Towns County’s past will We will respond if you are in each month during the be featured. It is up to you, the winner. Have fun and summer and fall. our readers, to identify the good luck! ‘Yokel’ or ‘Hangout’ each This week: Identify week. Answers to who or the man in woman in this what will be featured the photo. following week, along with

Have you had your dream interpreted?

This dream about a lion uses this animal to describe a feeling or issue that causes fear. Animals can often describe a character or flaw that stands out in a person or situation. As you remember from my second column “car” is often equivalent to “life”. In the same respect “Grandparents” can mean “family issues”, “elephant” can mean “big issue”, and “house” is “family involvement”. This week’s dream: In Dreamer’s Own Words: “I was in a car and pulled into my grandmother’s (deceased) driveway. There at her garage was a huge lion. I continued up to her house, quickly opened car door and ran into house. I told grandmother about the lion and looked out the window and there it was. Its face was distorted and had scars. It was so ugly & huge it reminded me the size of an elephant. It lay down on the porch leaning against the wall of the house. I thought it was about to cave in. I was fearful and said we had to go upstairs & into bedrooms away from

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this animal. Going up stairs there were other people with us. Saw many family members. I told grandmother she should call the dogcatcher to come and do something about the lion. She went down to get phone, a man I know named Dave went too. Was wakened up.” Interpretation: Dreamer, you have discovered generational issues that cause you a great deal of fear, however, you know just what to do. You well know that in a place of intimacy with God you will find rest. Family members and others are joining you because you have found spiritual ways to deal with this issue. You have the right approach in this matter. Requirements: Give your dream a title, is it color or black & white, your feelings, in less than 110 words. Send to thedreamseer@gmail. com all dreams will remain anonymous. Addresses of inappropriate emails will be blocked. I will not be able to interpret all that are submitted, but I may select yours! I, The Dream Seer, have studied dreams under Streams Ministries/Stir The Water Network (http://www. interpretmydream.com/) for 6 years. I have over 430 dreams certified with a 96% accuracy rate. I mentor under some of the most gifted dream interpreters alive today, from Australia, England, China, Germany, & the U.S.

Rare Kids; Well Done Ask Dr. Don... We’ve been talking about helping our kids develop strong values and then ways to erosion-proof them when they leave home. Here are some more ideas. Keep the channels of communication open with your kids. If they feel accepted rather than judged when they open their heart to you at the age of six, they’re more apt to still be ready to talk when they’re sixteen. Here are some don’ts: Don’t “grill” them about what they’ve been doing. Don’t make them feel like home work is a big deal. (More about that another time.) When they don’t want to talk about an issue at school, don’t force the conversation. Never violate something they share with you in confidence by discussing it with others. Some do’s: Ask open-ended questions like, “What was the most fun of everything you did at school today?” If they appear unhappy, you can say something like, “When you want to talk about it, I’m ready to listen.” Ask, “Who is your favorite teacher?” Then, “Tell me what makes a teacher ‘favorite’ to you?” Your role here is to listen. Remember, the goal is to keep open channels of communication. More next time. Submit your questions to: DrDon@rarekids.net

Castaway Critters

Castaway Critters is always busy, but especially in the spring and summer. We recently took in three homeless pregnant cats. The three mothers produced 14 healthy, beautiful kittens.  We also took in three tiny abandoned kittens about 2 weeks old, that otherwise would not have survived and one of the mom cats is being a wonderful surrogate to them. Each of these new little lives will need a home and of course the mothers too, and all three are just so sweet. In several weeks, when they are

old enough to be spayed and neutered, they will be available for adoption. Please remember that we also have many grown cats that have great personality and would provide lots of love and companionship. They are often overlooked since many people want kittens, they need a forever home as well. Please call June at 706-379-2169 if you are interested in adopting.  If you would like to help us with the large veterinary bills we will be facing in the near future, we would gratefully accept donations. They may be mailed to 1732 John Smith Rd. E., Blairsville, GA 30512. Please visit us at castaway-critters.org to see all of the cats and dogs available for adoption.

Our winner last week was Mr. Jerry Hood of Young Harris. He correctly identified the 1944 TCHS Basketball team. L-R: Harold Kimsey, Wayne Youngblood, Lamar Twiggs, Edward Townsend, Melvin Pat Jenkins

Your life organized

Small Steps to Victory

“When my life is finally organized, I’ll be so happy! I’ll get so much more done! My life will be so different!” Have you had similar thoughts, but you’ve still not started the process? I totally get that. Getting your home, office, or life organized can seem overwhelming because there is SO. MUCH. TO. DO! Human beings faced with a huge project often feel paralyzed, so they do nothing. To add insult to injury, when we do nothing, a problem typically just gets worse. If you’re feeling paralyzed by the thought of organizing your home, office, or life, just start small. You know how they say don’t try to make more than one major change in your life at the same time? You can think about organizing the same way. There are many aspects to overcoming organization, but the two we’ll discuss today are the present physical chaos and the associated behaviors. You need to nibble away at the present physical chaos -- the things -- either by yourself or by hiring a Professional Organizer to help you sort, categorized and organize it. Of course that’s important. But equally important are the associated behaviors that created the physical chaos. Addressing behavior means identifying the causative behaviors, and changing them until the new behaviors become habits. For example, if dishes are a big challenge for you,

get the actual dishes caught up. That’s the physical part. But then, for seven days COMMIT -- this means FORCE YOURSELF no matter whether you want to or not -- to wash your dishes or put them into the dishwasher as soon as you’re finished eating. This addresses the behavior. Do this new behavior consistently, until it becomes a new habit. Once it becomes easy for you, then begin another small change. If you tend to let a mountain of paper pile up for months at a time, sort, shred, categorize and file the paper itself. That’s the physical. Once that’s done, COMMIT -- this means FORCE YOURSELF -to sort the mail and kids papers every day, getting rid of junk, setting aside bills and filing anything important enough to keep. Do this new behavior for a minimum of seven days, or until it becomes as easy and second-nature as the dishes. You’ve addressed both the physical and behavioral sides of your two big challenges, and now you have two new habits, simply by making small changes to your daily routine. Don’t be fooled by the smallness of the changes... these new little habits will powerfully mitigate clutter every day. And if you can make two small changes, you can make three. Or four. Or however many you need to make, to create a home, office and life you love. Monica Ricci has been an organizing and productivity specialist since 1998. She has been featured on HGTV’s Mission:Organization and is the author of Organize Your Office In No Time. For more information, visit www.CatalystOrganizing.com or reach Monica at 770-569-2642.

SPORTS

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Towns County Wrestlers Compete Nationally Jason Hoffman Submitted article

The winning team for Thursday, May 6th is:  Ray Ward, George Darden, Glen Greenwald, Vince Cooper with a score of 66  -6 under par

Lightning Finally Strikes

By Rainer Arnold Tribune Sports Editor

The Lightning, U-8 co-ed team of coach Le Church, JR Murray and Rainer Arnold finally managed to get on the winners side of the circle last Saturday as they played another U-8 team at Elan. All the goals were scored for the Lightning by Allie Langford. The opponent scored first and a few minutes later Langford struck for her first goal of the season. The opponents struck right back but the Lighting shot back twice to gain a 4-3 victory. The Lightning has to play 3 more games before the season is over. Defenders Garrett Murray, Liam King did a good job on defense while Allie Langford, Nicholas Hauser and Samantha Church did great at their respective

forward positions. Members of the Lightning are Liam King, Allie Langford, Samantha Church, Nicholas Houser, Ellee King, Garrett Murrary, Syler Church, and Nicholas Sysco. Last Thursday afternoon the Lightning managed to avenge an earlier loss to U-8. The Lightning had lost 5-1 ten days ago and last Thursday managed to win 5-1. The Lightning scored first and then allowed their opponents to tie the game. Nicholas Houser, Allie Langford, Garrett Murray, Nicholas Sysco and Liam King all contributed with nice goals for a game with a happy ending.

Nicholas Houser is going towards the goal

Who will get this ball??

Towns wrestlers and coach with Steve Luke 2009 NCAA champ from Michigan

Three varsity wrestlers from Towns County competed in National Tournament in Columbus Ohio on April 24th.  The Ohio Tournament of Champions is the largest one day Amateur Wrestling Tournament in the world.  There were over 2600 kids registered from almost every state in the nation.  Our three boys were Josh Barnes (Junior), Timmy Collier (Sophomore), and Tyler Hoffman (Freshman).  The competition was the best the boys had ever seen.  Hoffman did manage to get two wins under his belt before he had an episode with dehydration and had to be helped off the mat.  It was an amazing event to be a part of.  We were proud of how the boys performed and carried themselves.  They did a great job representing Towns County.

Josh Barnes taking on wrestler from Ohio

Timmy Collier going after a  wrestler from Michigan

The Blue Lightning team goes after the ball.

Photos by: Rainer Arnold -Tribune Sports

Towns Bulldogs win Again Submitted by Amy Barrett

Tyler Hoffman wrestled for Elite Training Center in his first ever Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling tournament this past weekend at Lambert High School.  Hoffman said it was a whole different world from the Folk style that he was used to wrestling.  USA wrestling offers Freestyle and Greco tournaments in the spring and summer seasons for those who want to compete in the different styles and work on their wrestling in the off season.  Hoffman, who is trying to improve his skills for next season with the Indians, ended the day with a Bronze medal around his neck for placing 3rd in Greco Roman.

Town’s County Bulldogs won their third soccer game last Thursday. They are a local soccer under ten team coached by Tim Barrett. Players include: Riley Nicholson, Cooper Olin, Jenson Brown, Colton Wheatley, Melissa Caldwell, Justin Munger, Savannah Mitchell, Peyton Barrett, Casey Henderson, Madison Lovell, and Larson Church. Cooper Olin set the mood by scoring the fist goal. Riley Nicholson would soon follow up the second. Several others scored as well. These kids really have a nose for the goal, and aren’t afraid to take a shot. This team plays well together. They have really practiced hard all season long and it really has paid off. They are holding their positions and are communicating to each other on the field. It was no surprise that they have won their last three games. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!

A Bulldog breaks through the opposition.

Photos by: Rainer Arnold -Tribune Sports

SPORTS

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Lest We Forget,

Turning Kids on to the Past How do you motivate today’s computer-savvy history students? After failed years of trying to establish a sports history museum in Towns County, a special motivational spark has been generated by Coach Shannon Floyd in his classroom at TCHS. As part of his history program, the students have been introduced to the past fifteen years of history at Towns County High through the establishment of a mini-sports history museum. Aiding with this study has been the donations from JLB Photography of hundreds of filmera photos, framed enlargements and memorabilia collected over the past fifteen years working with two local newspapers. Jim and Lisa Bryant graciously donated the items so that the children (some whose parents are in the photos) could be turned on to history. By no longer being associated with any newspaper, the photos have been freed from stuffy ole office walls and file boxes and now may be studied by all generations passing through the history classes.

Highlights from the

Special Olympics

Not only have these items been helpful in motivating activities in his classroom, some of the framed materials are being displayed in the school trophy cases in the main lobby. As Coach Floyd shuffled through the hundreds of photos, many parents and current TCHS teachers were identified. These photos have been presented as a gift to these teachers and former coaches.. This project parallels the project several years ago when the Bryants and the Bank of Hiawassee donated one hundred framed photos for the football field house. Apparently the project helped, as the Indians broke all football records at TCHS with their best season ever. Hopefully this motivation will carry over to the history classroom. As a sidebar note. Being the sole on-site reporters for these many years it was a pleasure to provide all the Young Harris College sports photos from the past fifteen years to the YHC athletic department. Of the hundreds of photos taken each week, limited ones made the news media, multiple ones made the website and many now hang on the walls of the Mountain Lions’ field house. A good photographer captures the subject…a good subject captures the photographer. The Bryants stated, “during all these years we have been blessed with good subjects and fond memories.”

Bulldogs win pictures Free-lance photographers, Jim & Lisa Bryant presents TCHS Coach Shannon Floyd with several of the hundreds of sports photos for the mini-sports museum.

Chatuge Shores Golf Course

Photos by: Rainer Arnold -Tribune Sports

They follow each other like ducks in water

Bulldog takes a shot on goal.

Who has the ball?

May 4 was opening day for the ladies association at Chatuge Shores Golf Course.   The renovations in the clubhouse were much appreciated by all with a luncheon after golf (scramble).   Vicky Donaldson did are really spectacular job!  You need to come visit us and perhaps join in a game or join our Ladies League (we have men’s leagues also).  Betty Friedhoff, our new president for the next two years held the first meeting after lunch introducing the new chairpersons.   Tim and his fine crew presented us with an excellent meal.  Pictures of first day of play are Pat Mosteller & Betty Long during registration and Lorene Avery on the 18th tee.  Winners will be announced next week

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Community GOP spotlights Georgia’s top FFA speaker < L-R: Gary Black, Quilla and Eddie Bradley, Josie England Bradley and Jeannie Bradley, and teacher Sabrina Garrett.

Towns County High School Sophomore Jeannie Bradley highlighted Tuesday night’s meeting of the GOP. Jeannie, just 16 years of age and president of the local FFA, topped all competition to win the state speaking contest in Macon. She will now represent Towns County and the State of Georgia in the national competition to be held this fall in Indianapolis, Indiana. GOP Chairman Darrell Barrett presented Jeannie with a check for $100 to help with expenses. Her parents, Eddie and Quilla Bradley, and her high school teacher, Sabrina Garrett, were in attendance. The evening moved along with speakers, Tom Knox, candidate for Insurance Commissioner; Stan Gunter, candidate for Georgia Court of Appeals; and Gary Black, candidate for Agriculture Commissioner. Mr. Black did an interview with Jeannie Bradley titled “Youth Leadership” that will be seen throughout Georgia on his website:

gary@votegaryblack.com. One of the goals of the local GOP is to have meetings that will educate and inform all citizens about the issues and candidates in Georgia. Next month’s speakers will be our State Rep. Steve Allison and Dr. John Barge, candidate for State School Superintendent. On Saturday, June 5th, the annual BBQ will be held on the square in Hiawassee from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hear over 20 local and statewide candidates speaking, plus door prizes, silent auction, face painting, and great BBQ from Daniel’s Steakhouse. Our State Senator Jim Butterworth will be introducing keynote speaker, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. BBQ is $8/person or $15 for two. For tickets and more information call Darrell Barrett 706-896-7281, or come by the office at 333 Big Sky Drive. We invite everyone to come, get involved, and have your voice heard.

Continued Growth at NGTC

After seven consecutive quarters of extraordinary enrollment, North Georgia Technical College continues to admirably serve the exploding student population, meeting the challenge of creatively allocating limited classroom space. This recent enrollment surge is attributable to a combination of both the economic times and the recent Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Colleges (SACS/ COC) accreditation. Articulation agreements

with colleges in the area are creating new opportunities for everyone in the community. “We’ve had magnificent growth in some of our core classes such as English, Literature and Composition, College Algebra, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Chemistry,” noted President Steve Dougherty. “Our faculty and staff have really stepped up to the plate, stretching their time and talents to take on the additional teaching loads as well as helping our adjuncts through their

learning curve.” Overall enrollment for Spring Quarter now stands at 2,647. This increase of more than 20% over last Spring’s rosters puts the college on track for nearly doubling average enrollment in just two years. North Georgia Tech maintains three campuses: Blairsville, Clarkesville, and Currahee. For more information or to apply, visit www.northgatech.edu or contact NGTC Admissions at 706-754-7700; info@ northgatech.edu.

TOWNS COUNTY RABIES CLINIC

Saturday, May 29, 2010, Sponsored by Hiawassee Animal Hospital and Towns County 4-H Clubs 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon - Young Harris Elem. Sch. Bldg. 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon -Towns Co. High Sch. parking lot 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. -Towns County High Sch. parking lot 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. -Hiawassee Animal Hos. parking lot Prices:Dogs & Cats, Rabies $10.00 Distemper/parvo -13.00 Rabies Clinic is sponsored by the Hiawassee Animal Hospital and Towns County 4-H Club

Towns County Arrest Report Recorded 05-02 to 05-09-10 Daniel Scott Carver, of Young Harris, GA, DOB 08/10/1963 arrested 05/04/2010, charges: Aggravated Assault, Probation Violation. Devon Lynn Davenport, of Young Harris, GA, DOB 11/21/1988, arrested 05/04/2010, charges: Hold for State. Lazaro Montiel Galindo, of Hiawassee, GA, DOB 03/30/1979, arrested 05/03/2010, charges: Open Container/ Passenger Area of Motor Vehicle. Arturo Hernandez, of Hiawassee, GA, DOB 12/15/1982, charges: Open Container/Passenger Area of Motor Vehicle. Jamie Allen Mawby, of Hiawassee, GA, DOB 01/05/1969, arrested 05/07/2010,

charges: Probation. Robert Jeremy Dale, of Hiawassee, GA, DOB 06/25/1984, arrested 05/02/2010, charges: DUI, Failure to Maintain Lane, Open Container/Passenger Area of, Driving While License Suspended, Suspended Registration, Insurance Required. Raul Hernandez Gomez, of Stone Mountain, GA, DOB 06/07/1983, arrested 05/02/2010, charges: License Required; Surrender of, Driving on Roadways Laned for. Deborah Simone Medlin, of Hayesville, NC, DOB 10/02/1988, arrested 05/07/2010, charges: Theft of Controlled Substance.

Towns Tribune Advertising is affordable and it works! Call Sandy @ 706-896-0557! Renovate & Re-decorate In a joint effort of the Towns Tribune and local businesses, to rebuild the local economy, we like to introduce our weekly promotions, introducing quality products, right here at home. Readers are encouraged to use the services of these local businesses in an effort to save time & money. We will introduce quality merchants in several categories such as Renovation, Entertainment at Home, Health Services, Real Estate, Automobile Purchasing & Restore your Ride. Allow us to introduce our Renovate promotion. Please find reputable, local businesses to help you with any and all plans you may have to remodel your home or even give it a new style with simple interior changes. Studies suggest that most renovation projects do in fact increase the price of the home at resale. Whether you find a renovation necessary due to repair, or you just want to give your home a “face lift”- prices are at an all time low on home remodeling and interior decorating. The time is now. What are you waiting for? Give your home…and yourself, a much needed boost.

Classifieds & Arrest Report

classifieds

AAntiquesos

employment

Hiawassee Antique Mall 460 N. Main St. Hiawas-

Towns County Sheriff’s

see, 706-896-0587.

Unique Finds: 50 Dealers. Antiques, Vintage

Jewelry, Furniture, Glassware, Pottery, Figurines, Primitives, Porcelain, Fine Linens, Books, Collectibles. Open Year Round Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5

AAutosutos 1978 Mercedes Benz, 450 SL.  Both tops, never been wrecked and runs.  $5,000.Call  706-9941347 2006 Chevy Colorado

4x4, Single cab, Z71 Sport Package. High mileage due to commute. Serviced well. Looks and runs great. $7900 firm. 706-2993159.

employment Crossroads Restaurant

is Now hiring cooks and servers. Apply in person between hours of 2-5pm. 706-896-1786. 04-27-10 to 5-11-10

Experienced upholster/sewer needed. Full time. Pay

based on experience. 1-2 years min experienced only need to apply. Established company in Hayesville, NC. Call 888-247-2774 or email spacoverworld2@verizon.net

misc.-for sale

Bulldog 300 4x2 utility vehicle: 265cc Subaru Office is currently seeking qualified applicants for engine: full tilt dump bed patrol division. POST Cer- w/ 400 lb. capacity load: 3 pt. lap/shoulder seat tified preferred. Applicabelts: headlights: 12V tions may be downloaded from website at www. keyed ignition... $2750. townscountysheriffsof- 706-896-3747 or cell 706781-9751. fice.com or may be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office at 05-04-10 to 05-11-10 4070 Hwy. 339 (Crooked Creek), Young Harris, GA. Turn in completed appliToro LX 420 18 HP 42” Deck Riding Lawn cations to Jeff Edge or Mower... $950. Vicki Ellis at the Sheriff’s Office. 706-896-3747 or cell 706781-9751.

landscaping

05-04-10 to 05-11-10

A & R Residential and Commercial Lawn Care. Plant, turf and grassing, lot clean-up mulching and retaining walls. 706994-2457. 03-02-10 to 06-08-10

2 Wood cook stoves; one

misc.

NAVIC”S Thrift Store-located at 678 Bell Creek Road across from the $5.00 store. Make a donation today and help the food pantry!

Paying Cash for Gold

used, one new. One bass boat 17ft. 110 Evinrude motor. 706-835-5222. 05-04-10 to 05-11-10

thrift store

TOWNS COUNTY FOOD PANTRY. Bring in this ad and receive 10% off your purchase. 05-11-10 to 06-01-10

misc.-for sale

motorcycles

1995 Polaris 750 jets ski,

2006 Kawasaki KLR 650

not running but motor is OK.  Plus a 1996 Sea Doo, needs battery woth a double trailer. $1,200 or trade for new running jet ski of some sort.  Call  706-994-1347. NSF Stainless prep table

for sale, includes can opener. $100. 828-8358947.

recreation

Real Estate

SERVICES

For Sale- 2002 Coleman by Fleetwood Pop Up Camper; 18x7.5; 2 lg. beds- sleeps 6; stove; refrigerator; heater; air conditioner... $2995 Call 706-896-3747; 706781-9751.

Nice Country Style home

Chatuge Lawn Care Reasonable & Dependable Servicing Clay & Towns County Call 828-361-4589 or 706-379-2699 03-23-10 to 06-30-10

Phone: 706-781-7565 Supports the local

4000 Miles- Adult rider, excellent condition. $3000 firm. 828-8358947

Pets

Mountain RV Resort. Resort just outside of

Helen, GA. Two pools, clubhouse, lake and much more $2000. Selling due to illness, 2 weeks a month.

Recreational Vehicle : Gause RV Center Sales-

Service-Part Store. Consignments Welcome 706-896-7897 SR 288Hiawasse, GA Mobile Service Available Gause RV Center 03-23-10 to 5-11-10

Rentals

04-27-10 to 5-11-10

Home for sale in Hiawas-

Therapeutic massage

see. 2BR/2BA, 2 1/2 years old. Open floorplan, Sitting on level 1 acre lot. Wood and tile flooring, vaulted ceiling. This house is a must see! Comes with storage building. Furnished option is available, unfurnished price is $160,000. Call 770-4039686. 05-11-10 to 05-18-10

by Dianna Freeman ,LTM, License # MT006640. One hour massage, $30; 30 minute massage, $15; mobile massage $40 per hour. For an appointment call 706-781-7565. 05-11-10 to 06-01-10

SERVICES MASSAGE THERAPY- in the

comfort of your home. Licensed. 18 years experience- 1 hour $40 & $25 for 1/2 hour. Call Gerri at 706-896-6108. 05-04-10 to 06-01-10

2BR house for rent,

Woods Grove area. Furnished or unfurnished. Call 706-896-2363 04-20 to 05-11

Apartment for rent in

Hiawassee. Spacious, light, 1 large bedroom, large bathroom. All appliances, water and propane included! Private covered deck and private entrance. Must see inside! $475/mo plus deposit. 706-8964988 or 706-781-9917

12 year old Grey Quarter

Horse Mare, kids horse. Rides great, neck reins perfect. Good with other horses, loads, ties, etc. Needing to sell due to no pasture area. Asking $200 706-299-1431

on one level with 3BR/2BA. Covered porches on 3 sides and large 2 car garage. 3 miles from Hiawassee on Fodder Creek Rd. 706-8962434 or 706-781-9224.

05-04-10 to 05-11-10

828-835-8947

necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, watches, charms, pendants and coins. Cash offer made on the spot, paying top price. Condition doesn’t matter- broken, bent, or intact! Call today: 706896-1380 2-23-10 to 2-23-11

Bread of Life Family Res-

taurant in Young Harris is now taking applications for waitress and grill cook. In person. No phone calls, please.

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Custom Built Homes,

remodeling, painting, room additions, all your home improvement needs. Call Clayton Keller 706-896-5118 or 239851-5423. 05-11-10 to 06-29-10

Ledford’s Professional

Stump grinding call for a free estimate @

MOVING? CALL MEN ON

THE MOVE: Professional and Effi-

cient Movers, Local and long distance moving and storage. Residential, Commercial, Licensed and Insured. 877-6596683, 706-379-6683 Babysitting available-

teenage girl. Responsible, dependable, experienced. References available. Reasonable rates. 706-299-3034

Freeman Lawn Service: Mowing Weedeating, general clean-up, airrating, seeding, fertilizing, tree cutting, painting, pressurewashing. 706-781-7590. Jeff Freeman 03-23-10 to 6-16-10

706-896-1380 2-23-10 to 2-23-11

Sell your stuff! Place your ad here for as little as $4 per week. Call 706-896-0557

Towns County Real Estate Transactions recorded 04-12 to 04-16-10 Carl J Hughes & Florence H Hughes gave to Carl J Hughes & Florence H Hughes, as Trustees of the Carl J Hughes & Florence H Hughes Revocable Trust Agreement Parcel One 0.755 acres Lot 11 on Ramsey Rd in Scataway Creek Subdivision & Parcel Two 2.05 acres in Bell Creek Estates off Upper Bell Creek Rd & Parcel Three 1.038 acres on Nowland Rd off Swallows Creek Rd. James S Jeffrey gave to J T Properties, Inc. Building # 15 on River Front Lane in Hiawassee River Camp off Hwy 17/75 South. Brown Haven Heights, LLC lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank 9.993 acres on Shake Rag (the apartments) valued at $2,621,718. Sharon B Edwards gave to Donald J Edwards & Sharon B Edwards 1.60 acres on Hwy 66 at NC State Line. KSD, Inc. lost in foreclosure to Carolina First Bank Unit 302, Building 1405, Phase II in Sunset Bay Condos valued at $238,000. Steven G Gerdes & Amber L Gerdes lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank 0.73 acres Lot 6 off Amanda Way in Amber Lane Estates valued at $97,667. Clark Investment Properties, Inc. lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank Lot 17 (1.0 acres) & Lot 18 (1.0 acres) between Daisy Lane & Roses Way in Stone Brooke Subdivision Phase I valued at $120,000. Wyman R Palmer & Barbara W Palmer gave to Wyman R Palmer, Barbara R Palmer & Vicki Lynn Palmer Mihely 1.30 acres Lot 22 on Betty Jo Circle in Langill Estates Subdivision. Jewel B Ivey, W Bryant Ivey, C Bryan Ivey & Arnold B Ivey gave to The Ivey Family Revocable Living Trust Parcel One 0.62 acres on Lower Tater Ridge Rd & Parcel Two 0.29 acres Lot 6 off River

Street at Lillian Dr & Parcel Three 0.25 acres on River Street. Sonja K Main gave to Sonja K Main & Mark D Main 2.0 acres on Kimsey Rd. Patrick Coleman sold to Rebecca Jane Keenum 1.00 acres Tract 1at 720 Coleman Rd for $76,200.

Chris Bradshaw gave to United Community Bank 1.712 acres Lot 6 on Bradford Lane in Hidden Fields Estates Subdivision off Hwy 288.

Joel M Andres & Sylvia E Andress gave to The Andres Family Revocable Trust 1.001 acres Lot 12 on Spaniard Point Rd in Spaniard Hills Subdivision.

Beth Wright gave to United Community Bank 2.007 acres Lot 7 on Bradford Lane in Hidden Fields Estates Subdivision off Hwy 288.

Sandra J Moss sold to Glenda Ledford a parcel of land in the area of Lower Bell Creek Rd & Hwy 75 North for $15,000.

Stephen E Patton & Samuel Jason Ledford gave to Listemea Investments, Inc. Parcel One (1.22 acres) Tract 1 at Lakeview Circle on Hwy 76 & Parcel Two Tract 1 (2.662 acres), Tract 2( 0.140 acres), Tract 3 (0.197 acres) & Tract 4 (0.049 acres) off Bradshaw Rd & Parcel Three Tract 1 (0.592 acres) & Tract 4 (2.703 acres) on Highview Street off Crooked Creek Connector. Donna E Clopton gave to Tilden E Clopton 1.563 acres Lot 30 at 1423 Garland Rd in The Smithfields Subdivision Phase II. Lorraine P Geronimo & Ralph Geronimo lost in foreclosure to RBC Bank Lot 3 on Stone Brook Dr in The Meadows at Shallow Creek Phase III valued at $32,000. Eric Shane Barnard, Surviving Tenant of Heide Marie Barnard gave to Eric Shane Barnard 1.13 acres at 7915 Gum Log Rd. Jan Roth Ember sold to Norman S & Mary J Morris 0.82 acres Lot 1 at corner of Beech Cove Rd & Beech Trail of Beech Cove Vista Subdivision for $80,000. Norman S Morris gave to Mary J Morris 0.82 acres Lot 1 at corner of Beech Cove Rd & Beech Trail of Beech Cove Vista Subdivision. 28 Transactions Totaling $5,755,261.

Karen N Bradley sold to Steve Bradley 0.847 acres Lot 28 on Windy Reed Circle in Rivendell Subdivision for $65,000. Mary Buttrill Roush deeded her 1/4 interest to Barber Family Equities, LP 3.447 acres Lot E-56 Tracts 1, 2, 3, & 4 at 8108 Soapstone Creek Circle in Soapstone Community off Hwy 17/75 South for $80,000. Annette C Burgess gave to Richard Lynn Burgess & Margaret Burgess McCrary Lots 42, 43, & 1/2 of 45, Block C, Section 1, Annex B on Gander Gap Rd in Bald Mountain Park. Michael Nolan lost in foreclosure to United Community Bank 0.929 acres Lot 40 on Overlook Trail in Shallow Creek at Hiawassee Phase I valued at $74,676. United Community Bank sold to Northland Finan-

Castaway Critters Pet Rescue Western Night “Miss Kitty’s Birthday Party” Shiloh Stables Bunkhouse Saturday May 22nd 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm 148 Shepherd Dr., Hayesville, NC. Put your hat and boots on and come join us at the Shiloh “Saloon” to celebrate Miss Kitty’s birthday. We’ll be servin’ up some

cial Services, LLC (Beth Wright & Cindy Bradshaw) 9.993 acres on Shake Rag Rd (the apartments) for $2,000,000.

tasty grub and pourin’ brew to wash down the trail dust. There’ll be music and line dancin’ with a bona fide instructor. Come see Cisco the dancing horse perform. (weather permitting). $25/per person- For tickets call 706-896-1260. All proceeds go to Castaway Critters Pet Rescue.

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Come get gussied up at Dress for Less By: Becky Landress Up on a hill, in Young Harris, a treasure awaits for those who love fashion- at a bargain. Dress for Less Consignments, owned and operated by Alicia Dills King, is one of those special shops that keeps their customers happy. The first time you walk through the door of this store, will be the first of many times to come. The store is filled to the brim with brand name clothing, for all ages, shapes and sizes. Alicia has put together gorgeous displays of tops with jewelry, capris with shoes and much more. If you have trouble coming

up with an outfit, just ask Alicia for help. She has a knack for whipping up an attractive outfit and can do so for an unbeatable price. Whether a teen or a 50 something lady, Dress for Less has something that you will love. From purses to shoes- and everything

in between- the selection and prices are beyond belief. Stop by Dress for Less at 1352 Main Street, Suite 3- just across from Blue Ridge Mountain EMC- in Young Harris, or give Alicia a call at 706-994-6926. You will not be disappointed.

Cash Back is there for you By: Becky Landress Everyone gets in a pinch. When it happens to you, be sure to check out Cash Back Title Loan & Pawn Shop, in Young Harris. Cash Back has been lending in the North Georgia area for more than eighteen years. They are honest, dependable, and there for their customers. With todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy in the shape it is in, banks and finance companies are limiting their lending in ways they never have before. Cash Back is a perfect alternative to those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have traditional banking options.

This institution is fast as well. Often, customers have to wait for days for an answer from banks. Cash Back gives immediate answers to the needs of their customers. Fast, friendly, local serviceis their goal. Loans are awarded in amounts from $100 to $10,000.

Pawns can be done on anything of value. Come see Gregg in person at 7625 Hwy 76 in Young Harris, or give him a call at 706-379-0606. No matter what your need is, or why, give Cash Back a try. You will no doubt, be glad that you did.

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