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Businesswoman Jennifer Strahan announces bid for Congress

September 15, 2021–10:43 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Republican Jennifer Strahan today launched her U.S. House campaign in Georgia’s 14th congressional district. A mother and small business owner, Strahan will be challenging Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene in the Republican Primary. “Georgia’s 14th district deserves a representative who is focused on serving, not being a celebrity,” said Strahan. “There is too much at stake right…

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Paulding Deputies Assist Georgia State Patrol in Fatal Pursuit

September 14th, 2021 – 10:15 AM Paulding County Sheriff’s Office – Deputies with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist the Georgia State Patrol with an uncooperative motorist that resulted in a fatal pursuit last week. In the early morning hours of Friday, September 10, 2021, Deputies with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office…

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Georgia gas sees increased price at the pump

September 7th, 2021 – 2:15 PM AAA – The Auto Club Group – Georgia gas prices increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.98 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents more than a week ago, 1 cent more than last month, and 95 cents more than this…

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Rain, possibly severe storms in the forecast

August 30, 2021–9:17 p.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Storms rolled through Northwest Georgia Monday and We could see more bad weather Tuesday from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. We have a slight risk of severe weather with brief spin-up tornadoes possible. We could also see 2-3 inches of rain. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until…

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Toomey: Georgia is seeking significant COVID-19 infections among children

August 30, 2021–9:06 p.m. STAFF REPORTS We are seeing the highest number of weekly outbreaks since the pandemic began, with more than half the outbreaks occurring in K-12 schools. Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health,  spoke Monday about the significant number of cases among school-aged children. “Those numbers of…

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Georgia adopts new K-12 mathematics standards

 August 26th, 2021 – 2:45 PM Georgia Department of Education – The State Board of Education today approved State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ recommendation to adopt the new K-12 Mathematics Standards. The current (2020-2021) school year will be dedicated to teacher training on the new standards, with implementation to follow in future years. The standards were…

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[VIDEO] Governor Kemp issues executive order for Georgia businesses

August 19th, 2021 – 5:45 PM The Office of the Governor: Brian Kemp – On Thursday afternoon, Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order that will allow Georgia businesses from being forced to adhere to local government mask or vaccine mandates. (Kemp:) “The executive order I signed today will make sure businesses across our state can’t be…

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Health department offering 3rd vaccine dose to those who qualify

August 18, 2021–1:00 p.m. NEWS RELEASE According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an additional (third) dose of COVID-19 vaccine should be considered for people with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. People should get the same vaccine …

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Flash Flood Watch for our area

August 16, 2021–6:00 p.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect from 2 a.m. Tuesday through Wednesday morning for north Georgia and portions of central Georgia. Tropical Storm Fred is expected to bring 2-5 inches with locally higher amounts possible. Expect an elevated threat for river and stream flooding in addition to localized…

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Georgia Power prepping for impacts from Fred

August 16, 2021–5:43 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Tropical Storm Fred is expected to cross into Georgia on Tuesday bringing with it the potential for heavy rains and gusty winds. Georgia Power encourages customers to monitor local weather conditions and keep safety first as inclement weather moves in. The company is ready to respond to service interruptions…

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Flash Flood Watch issued

August 16, 2021–11:18 a.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE/FLOYD COUNTY EMA A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Northwest Georgia including Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk, Chattooga, and Paulding Counties from late tonight through Wednesday morning. Rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Fred will begin to move into North and Central Georgia early Tuesday morning and spread across…

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[VIDEO] Nationwide Emergency Alert Test on Wednesday

August 10, 2021–11:10 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will conduct a national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert & the Emergency Alert System on Wednesday. At around 2:20 p.m., a wireless emergency alert will be sent to all cell phones that have opted in for the test…

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Secretary of State takes action to clean up voter rolls

August 5, 2021–7:05 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that he is taking another step to update voter lists to safeguard election integrity. Georgia election officials are sending 185,666 notifications this week to voter files that have registered no contact with Georgia’s election system for at least five calendar years. “Accurate voter…

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Heat Advisory issued for Friday

July 29, 2021–7:06 p.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for most of the state including Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Chattooga, Polk, and Paulding Counties for Friday. In addition, an Excessive Heat Watch will be in effect for Saturday. For the Heat Advisory Friday, heat index values up to 108…

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Heat Advisory in effect from noon until 8 p.m.

July 29, 2021–8:32 a.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for most of the state including Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Chattooga, Polk, and Paulding Counties, in effect from noon until 8 p.m. Thursday. Heat index values up to 106 are expected. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses…

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[VIDEO] COVID-19 cases rising in Georgia

July 19, 2021–6:15 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and public health officials are concerned. In Georgia, positivity rates have increased by 84% over the last two weeks. In the 10-county Northwest Georgia region, the increase hasn’t been quite as dramatic. Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for…

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[VIDEO] Dr. Voccio updates NWGA on pandemic situation

July 16th, 2021 – 10:45 AM GA DPH Northwest Health District – Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, updates us on the coronavirus pandemic and our immunization progress in Northwest Georgia. He talks about our recent uptick in cases, Long Covid, and recently released CDC…

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Extended hours for upcoming GHC application events

July 12, 2021–6:17 p.m. NEWS RELEASE More chances to visit and apply in person at Georgia Highlands College are made possible with extended hours for application event days at each location. On the day of each event, the location holding the event will stay open until 7:30 PM giving future students the chance to take…

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Georgia pump prices slightly increase as demand grows

July 12th, 2021 – 8:20 AM AAA – The Auto Club Group – Georgia gas prices increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are paying an average price of $2.93 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents higher than a week ago, 2 cents higher than last month and 94 cents more than this time last…

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COVID-19 vaccines seem to be effective against Delta variant

July 5, 2021–1:06 p.m. STAFF REPORTS We’ve heard a lot in recent weeks about the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, which now accounts for about half of the current cases we are seeing now in Georgia. Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest District, said the Delta…

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