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Monday February 8th, 2016 5:18AM
5:27PM ( 11 hours ago ) Weather Alert

Lake Burton Grocery owner: 'I will be back!'

By Rob Moore Reporter
CLAYTON - The owner of a landmark Rabun County business says a fire that destroyed most of his business Sunday night will not determine his future.<br /> <br /> Lake Burton Grocery owner Joe Durkin said he will rebuild his business, a combination store/restaurant on U.S. Highway 76 west of Clayton near Anchorage Boat Dock.<br /> <br /> "I don't quit!" Durkin said. "I've been through south Florida with too many hurricanes. I came up here and we had the tornado three years ago. Now I have a fire. I don't quit. I will be back - and that's just the way it's going to be. That's how I live." <br /> <br /> The store portion of the business was destroyed, and the restaurant area was damaged. His outdoor smokers were unscathed.
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