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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...

MOUNTAIN TRAVELER: All aboard a wine tour

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White County is in the heart of North Georgia wine country, and with plenty of vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms, many visitors are turning to wine tours for a leisurely way to experience the area. A ride with a tour guide provides a way to go between stops, so you can focus on the scenic...

MOUNTAIN TRAVELER: Puttin' on the Ritz

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Season 3 of the Night at the Ritz series will continue through May 2020, at Toccoa’s restored and historic Ritz Theatre. Described by theater general manager Tami Mayhugh as “Toccoa’s hottest event,” Night at the Ritz features a diverse selection of musical acts and performing arts...

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: Pieces of the past

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Pottery can tell a story, and the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is home to many tales. Located on the campus of the Sautee Nacoochee Center (SNC), the museum was built in 2006, and was a gift to the community from Kay and Dean Swanson, said Patrick Brennan, SNC executive director. ...

Mountain Traveler: Wet your whistle at Whistle Top Brew Co.

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For several years, Whistle Top Brew Co. has been a permanent fixture in the facade of downtown Cornelia, offering patrons a laid-back hub where they can wet their whistle, pair it with some grub and enjoy that weekend’s lineup of live entertainment. Wet your whistle at Whistle Top Brew Co....

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...

50 years of events

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Alpine Helen may be known widely for its charming Bavarian-themed façades, but it is also some to several popular events that draw crowds to the city.

Transforming a town

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The vision of four men changed the destiny of a small Georgia town forever. Before becoming the alpine town it is today, Helen was a sawmill town when three local businessmen – Pete Hodkinson, Jim Wilkins and Bob Fowler – decided in 1968 they wanted to help improve the town, according to the...

Small town, big draw

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Who would’ve thought that a town covering just over 2 square miles with a population of less than 600 people would be one of the most visited cities in Georgia? State tourism research director Ashley Barfield said the Northeast Georgia Mountain Region, which includes White County, is the...