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Moonrise converts production to hand sanitizer for the community

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CLAYTON—When life gives you lemons, some people make lemonade. But when life gave Moonrise Distillery’s Doug, Jen, and C.J. Nassaur an unprecedented national health emergency, they made … hand sanitizer. “We half-joke around here that we sanitize people on the outside and on the...

New COVID-19 policy in place at Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center

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After further discussion with staff and the community, we are making some changes to our COVID-19 policies here at Foxfire. As we’ve previously stated, we are monitoring the policies of the state park systems and, thus, have adjusted our policy accordingly. Our goal in changing these policies...

‘A Stroke of Genius’ author is investing in Clayton’s future

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LAKEMONT—Alexander “Sandy” Simon Jr. is a living testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome life’s obstacles. A super-successful salesman, businessman and developer whose work included development of the Savannah Mall and a stint as business manager for Hollywood actor Burt...

American Pest Control offering scholarships

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American Pest Control, a local family owned and operated company, introduced the Gene Higginbotham Memorial Scholarship in May 2016. Gene Higginbotham founded American Pest Control in 1971. He valued family, education, and community as top priorities for his company. Mr. Higginbotham passed away...

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

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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

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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

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 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...

Death row inmate granted clemency

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   Jimmy Fletcher Meders, who was condemned to death after being convicted of a murder in Glynn County in 1987, had his sentence commuted Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parol