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January 2016: Business of the Month - State Farm

The Hart County Chamber of Commerce has selected State Farm as their January Business of the Month. Franchise owner, Holly Thomason, opened the office here in Hartwell in 2013. Since then she has hired 5 staff members and has already won a top sales in the region award. This pretigious award came with a trip to Paris for her and her husband.

Holly Thomason and State Farm believe in giving back to our community by supporting the Chamber, the DDA and other groups. They can often be seen having a booth at community events and have improved our community with their presence.

We congratulate Holly and her staff for the care and attention of handling their customers and for being a positive influence in our community.

Check out the Community Calendar Tab on this page for all the details for 2016 to date.





Hartwell/Hart County is filled with year round exciting outdoor adventures, a thriving downtown art and theatre hub, interesting shops and loads of history. It's a great place to visit, live or work. Golf, hike, bike, explore nature, swim, fish or boat in beautiful Lake Hartwell. With 222 miles of Lake Hartwell shoreline just minutes from a charming downtown and a town full of warm welcoming people, you will see why we say...live well, play well, Hartwell. Watch the Hartwell Video! click here


  Latest Press Release:  January 27th, 2016

Hartwell/Hart County, Georgia  is pleased to announce they will be hosting the Lady Bass Anglers Pro Tour on April 15-16th, 2016 at the Gum Branch Park Mega Ramp. This is the second stop on the LBAA  Pro Tour. The Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA), the premier Women’s Professional Bass Tour, rolls into the Hartwell in April with an estimated 50-60 anglers and their families and friends. They hail from all over the Midwest and Southeast from Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, to Louisana, Georgia, and  Florida.  They will compete in the two day event with practice days starting earlier that week.  Check out their website at www.Ladybassanglers.com for more information.

The Hart County Chamber of Commerce is excited to be chosen as host for the Lady Bass Anglers Association and showcase our city of Hartwell. This opens up a new demographic by inviting professional  women fishing Lake Hartwell for the first time.

We are looking for volunteers to assist the tournament for those two days. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706-376-8590 or email hartchamber@hartcom.net  if you are interested.


 January 10th 2016

Hollywood came to Hartwell once again this year to film its fifth season of Redneck Island.  It is set to debut on January 28 on the CMT Network at 10pm.  TV personality Melissa Roycroft and wrestling icon Steve Austin co-host the 10 new episodes of the series, as 24 contestants compete for the $100,000 cash prize. The entire show was filmed in the Hartwell area at several undisclosed locations including the Lake Hartwell shore line and farmlands.  Our own Gum Branch Park was rented for one of the on-show challenges.   The show brought a cast and crew of over 100 people to Hart County resulting in an estimated economic impact of more than $700,000.  This economic impact was due to lodging, restaurants, food services, trade and service providers plus retail purchases from cast and crew during their stay from the end of August through mid-October.  The show also brings national exposure to Lake Hartwell , Georgia mentioned in the opening credits of the show.

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