Regional

UNWIND: Living in the Lavender

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“It’s about giving back to the community.” For Tina and David Duffey, operating the Red Oak Lavender Farm is a way to interact with the community and to stay active postretirement. Originally from Atlanta, Tina has always preferred the outdoors and living in the country. Ten years ago, she...

Loeffler tapped over Collins as new Georgia Senator

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   Gov. Brian Kemp went against President Trump’s recommendation Wednesday when he selected businesswoman Kelly Loeffler over U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) to fill the U.S. Senate seat left by the retiring Johnny Isakson.    Loeffler will represent the state of...

UNWIND: Finding a happily ever after among the vines

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Our local wineries go out of their way to prevent Bridezilla meltdowns. They start with picture-perfect views of rolling hills crosshatched with vines that lend a spirit of symmetrical harmony to the scene, along with a liberal pouring policy with their homegrown libations. “I was worried...

UNWIND: Brew Gurus. Business is hopping at Tantrum

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Ross Crumpton just couldn’t bring himself to sign on the dotted line. It was 2016 and the White County native was about to start a life in Oklahoma with a longterm career in natural gas power generation.  There was only one problem. “I absolutely hated it,” he said. Still, the...

UNWIND: Man and the moonrise

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A small, family-operated craft distillery in Rabun County is poised to make a big splash in the world of artisanal whiskey. Moonrise Distillery is not just another company seeking to cash in on the growing craft distillery business in Georgia. It’s a family affair that takes whiskey-making...

Be wary of TB in deer

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Earlier this month and in the thick of deer season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that deer “can transmit certain strains of tuberculosis to hunters.”  The danger comes during the field-dressing process. Hunters can come into contact with the pathogen when...

Early detection is vital, cancer survivor says

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Just because you can’t see or feel something, doesn’t mean it’s not there and Elizabeth Harper learned this first-hand when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last December at age 59. “When they found my cancer, it was very small and in the beginning stages,” Harper said. Harper...

Mountain Traveler: Be Impressed by Rabun Bald

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According to Native American legend, Rabun Bald is inhabited by fire-breathing demon people, and some campers still report hearing strange sounds at night. But the spectacular views from the summit stretching more than 100 miles on a clear day are no myth. Rabun Bald, with an elevation...

Outdoor Adventure

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Ready for a true outdoor adventure? Regardless of your experience level, exploring the Etowah River through Dawson County is a great way to spend a day, a weekend or more.