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Thursday, February 2, 2023

EPD arrest report for Jan. 24-30, 2023

by Mark Berryman

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The following incidents and arrests were reported by the Elberton Police Department for the week of January 23-30, 2023:


January 23

Officers took a report of counterfeit money being passed at an Elbert Street location.


January 24

A 24-year-old male was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended/revoked; possess/display false identification with a government logo; too fast for conditions.


A 45-year-old female was arrested and charged with drunkenness; and indecency as a result of officers responding to a call in reference to someone urinating on a church.


A 26-year-old female was arrested and charged with illegal dumping.


A 55-year-old male was arrested on a failure to appear bench warrant.


January 26

A 47-year-old male was arrested and charged with criminal trespass on Fountain Street.


A 47-year-old male was arrested and charged with DUI (multiple substances); and failure to maintain lane.


Officers investigated a complaint about littering on Mineral Springs Road.


January 27

A 25-year-old male was arrested and charged with DUI (multiple substances), driving while licenses suspended/revoked and failure to maintain lane.


January 29

Deandrea Latrece Wilson-Anderson, 30, of East Point, was arrested and charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance; possession of marijuana (less than an ounce); DUI (alcohol); failure to apply for a new license within 60 days of changing name or address; and speeding as the result of a traffic stop.


EMH receives award for preventing healthcare-acquired infections

by Mark Berryman

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[email protected] – The Georgia Hospital Association Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) presented its prestigious Patient Safety and Quality Award to Elbert Memorial Hospital in Elberton for its project that reduced and prevented the most common type of infections in hospital patients, including urinary tract infections, bloodstream infections, and surgical site infections. The project “Reducing Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIs),” won second place in the Critical Access Hospitals category. These annual awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.


“Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are a serious patient safety issue that affects hundreds-of-thousands of patients across the country every year. HAIs are caused by pathogens within the healthcare environment and most likely their host, our patient, through direct contact with a contaminated environment or person. The most important infection prevention tool we have is proper handwashing and teaching universal standards to all who encounter our patients and their environment. Through education and performance improvement methods, we were able to increase the safety and care of our patients while enhancing our knowledge and teamwork. The performance improvement process was truly a whole team project. Every member of our EMH team contributed to the effort and success of this project.” Interim CEO and Chief Operations Officer Tammy Harlow states, “We are very proud of the staff at EMH. An award for patient safety demonstrates the staff’s commitment to taking excellent care of our community. HAIs are preventable and with our whole team working toward a common goal for our patients, we will continue to improve the processes that will reflect a better health outcome for our patients and our community.”


“Infection prevention is a priority of hospitals statewide,” said Georgia Hospital Association President and CEO Earl Rogers. “We applaud Elbert Memorial Hospital on their success in this area and thank them for their efforts to ensure the safest and best possible care for their patients.”


About PHA The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), an affiliate of GHA, was established in January 2000 to improve patient care and patient safety in hospitals and other health care facilities and create healthy communities.


About GHA Founded in 1929, GHA serves nearly 150 hospitals in Georgia and promotes the health and welfare of the public through the development of better hospital care for all Georgia’s citizens. The mission of GHA is to advance the health of individuals and communities by serving as the leading advocate for all Georgia hospitals and health care systems. GHA represents its members before the General Assembly and Congress, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies, and is an allied member of the American Hospital Association. For more information, please call 770-249-4500 or visit


About Elbert Memorial Hospital: Elbert Memorial Hospital is a 25-Bed Critical Access Hospital that has been providing care to Elbert and surrounding counties for 70 years. Services include acute care, swing bed, emergency, inpatient and outpatient surgery, state of the art radiology, outpatient rehabilitation, infusion, wound and hyperbaric care and many more. Our Mission is to continuously seek ways to improve our delivery of healthcare and related services that exceed the expectations of our patients, their families, and all other customers. To learn more about Elbert Memorial Hospital visit

ECHS basketball

by Mark Berryman

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The Elbert County Lady Blue Devils notched their fifth region 8A win of the season Tuesday night against Athens Christian School, topping the Lady Eagles 59-46. The Lady Devils improved to 19-4 on the season and 5-1 in region paly.


The Blue Devil boys came up just short of their third win of the season, falling 59-56. Their record now stands at 2-21. Although they came very close on Tuesday, Elbert has yet to win a region contest thus far in the season.


Leading scorers for the Lady Devils were Niya Moon with 19 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots; Aaniyah Allen with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals; Brenasia Faust with 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots; Terrace Hester with 8 points, five rebounds and five steals; Jameria Allen with five points; and Jamia Allen with two points and five rebounds.


Look for previews for Friday’s matchup in tomorrow’s news and catch all the action as Elbert County hosts Commerce at 7 p.m. Friday.

Photo courtesy of True Blue Athletic Boosters.

Today's Community Calendar

Thursday, February 2

  • Blue Devils tennis @ Jefferson, 4 p.m., in Jefferson

Friday, February 3

  • Plane movie, The Elbert Theatre, 7 p.m., Admission: $7.50
  • Blue Devils basketball vs Commerce, 7 p.m., the Inferno

Saturday, February 4

  • Blue Cielo Farms opening day, noon-6 p.m., 2401 Pine Ridge Road, Elberton
  • Harmony House Chili Cookout, 4-6 p.m., Elberton Civic Center, chili, cake walk, music.
  • Plane movie, The Elbert Theatre, 7 p.m., Admission: $7.50
  • Blue Devils wrestling, 8A Area Traditionals, 9 a.m., Commerce
  • AJROTC drill meet at ECHS

Sunday, February 5

  • Plane movie, The Elbert Theatre, 2 p.m., Admission: $7.50

Monday, February 6

  • Elberton City Council regular meeting, 5:30 p.m., City Hall
  • Workout with Wausheka, 6:30 p.m., Mill St. Gym at 390 Mill St., Free, All fitness levels welcome.

Tuesday, Febrauary 7

  • The #1 Elberton Community Watch meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Elberton First Baptist Church.
  • Blue Devils tennis vs Tallulah Falls, 4 p.m., home
  • Blue Devils basketball vs. Rabun County, 6 p.m., The Inferno
  • Elbert County rifle team vs. Aquinas, home.

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Today's Obituaries

Ellen Capps, 65 of Elberton, died January 13, 2023. Services celebrating Ellen’s life will be held at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Elberton on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 1 pm. Full obituary

Shirline Mangum Henderson, 97, of Demorest died Monday, January 31, 2023. will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Deep Creek Baptist Church, located at 2335 Nickville Road in Dewy Rose. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. Full obituary

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