Ben Porterfield, who spent much of his childhood in Clarkesville, recently sold his software company to Google for $2.6 billion.

Clarkesville native strikes gold with business software company

   If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s what they tell you when you are young.    Ben Porterfield made this simple philosophy worth billions.    Porterfield and his partner Lloyd Tabb sold their software company – Looker – to…

Smith aims to ‘be the good’ at Food Bank kitchen

CLAYTON— Feeding people is something that Inger Smith has done for over 30 years, and as the new teaching kitchen manager for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia she hopes to “be the good” as a hub of good will for the people in Rabun County and the mountain region. Smith began her role as...

Mead maker taps into brewery market

While some would say Dahlonega is late to the local brewery party, which has exploded in Georgia over the past few years, when the city’s first brewery opens later this spring, it’ll be the first of its kind in the state. Etowah Meadery, which opened in 2017, will be opening up Dahlonega...

Forest proposals spark lively discussion

 CLAYTON— What do Forest Service Lands mean to the people of Rabun County?  This was the overarching question as over 150 people flocked to a public forum that was standing room only to discuss both the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) Chattahoochee-Oconee National Land...

Raiders end season with overtime loss


The Habersham Central High School Boys’ Basketball team saw their season come to an end Friday night as they lost 77-68 to Winder-Barrow High School in overtime, eliminating them from both the regi

Lady Raiders playoff bound


It’s official: the Habersham Central High School Lady Raiders are headed to the state basketball tournament, marking the first time since the 2016-17 season the team has advanced to the postseason.