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A North Carolina man faces drug charges after an arrest in Towns County on Wednesday. Travis Kelley of Warne is charged with two counts of purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of controlled substances, and with possession and use of drug-related objects. Towns County Sherriff Ken Henderson says the arrest was the result of about a month-long drug investigation on Highway 66 near the North Carolina state line. Deputies received a call on a stolen vehicle, drug-related activity, and the overdose of a female, who self-administered Narcan. Suspected drugs found to be in Kelley’s possession include 27.2 grams of possible methamphetamine and 1.2 grams of a white, powdery substance believed to be heroin.

Local poverty rates range from a low of 13% in Towns County to a high of 18% in Cherokee County. Add that to the onset of colder weather and heating assistance programs are essential. Recently Clay County Social Services Director Todd Goins spoke about two assistance programs available in North Carolina. Similar programs are available in Georgia through the county DFACs offices.

Despite this year’s Sheriff’s Christmas Parade in Towns County coinciding with the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Vicki Ellis of the Towns County Sheriff’s Office says she expects this year’s event to draw a crowd. One reason is that floats this year are competing for $1,000 in donated prize money. The theme is “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”. The parade route will begin in the parking lot of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and make its way into downtown, where Santa Claus will get out on the square and flip the switch to light up Hiawassee.

Effective January 1, Young Harris College will welcome Dr. Joy Hamm as the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Hamm will be responsible for the operations of the Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Assistance. She will report to the provost, serve on the Provost Council, and is charged with ensuring YHC meets or exceeds its undergraduate, graduate, and dual enrollment goals.