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It wasn't total domination by northeast Georgia Lifters at the 2016 American Powerlifting Committee National Championships as the meet wrapped up Sunday at the Jefferson Civic Center, but it was pretty close. In addition to numerous national championships National and World Records, local athletes came away with three Best Lifter Trophies out of the seven awarded, winning Best Men's Benchpress-only, as well as Best Lifter in both Women's and Men's Full Power. Comment?
Forestry officials worked into the night Saturday trying to contain a wildfire northwest of Helen. According to information on the U.S. Forest Service Facebook page, the fire was in rugged terrain in the Upper Chattahoochee River area, west of Highway 75. The fire was first reported around 3 p.m. Saturday to White County 9-1-1. Comment?
White County Fire Chief Norman Alexander said the initial call, which was received around noon, came in as a 9-1-1 hang-up call. The dispatch center was able to trace that call to Unicoi State Park, north of Helen. Comment?
Blue Ridge Custom Builders, a locally owned and operated company based in Sautee Nacoochee, GA, won the 2016 Best of Houzz in Client Satisfaction award. General Manager Bill Hughes, Jr., who has been with Blue Ridge Custom Builders for 20 years, said that the company has built more than 75 houses. Comment?
Though White County is on pace to record the warmest and wettest December on record, a traditional winter event is on track for New Year's Day. The annual Polar Bear Plunge at Unicoi State Park in Helen will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Unicoi Beach off Georgia Highway 356. Comment?
White County, Cleveland and Helen will get new fixed generators for their public service departments thanks to federal grants from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. White County received a $67,080 grant for a generator that will serve six fire stations and traffic operations. Comment?
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