Whidby Appointed to GMRC Council

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Former Franklin County Commissioner Angela Whidby said she is excited about her new role on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission Council. Last week, Governor Nathan Deal announced his appointments to each of the 11 Regional Commission Councils statewide. Whidby credited recommendations from State Senator John Wilkinson and State Representative Alan Powell for her appointment. […]

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Wilkinson Again Part of Annual UGA Farm Tour

50th District State Senator John Wilkinson helps lead an annual agriculture tour for University of Georgia President Jere Morehead. Wilkinson, along with Morehead, State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, and other state and university officials took the fourth annual state agriculture tour, this time through middle and south Georgia, Wednesday. A press release from the Georgia Department of Agriculture stated that […]

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GDOT Working to Install Smart Signals

The Georgia Department of Transportation says it has deployed state-of-the-art “smart” signals at 1,000 intersections throughout Georgia. The project, in partnership with Intelight, Inc., is part of a statewide upgrade which converts traffic lights in Georgia to an up-to-the-second traffic signal controller technology. According to the Georgia DOT, the new software provides significant improvements to how it and local agencies […]

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SCHS Softball Wins Over Hart

Stephens County High School softball picks up another non-region win versus an area rival. Tuesday, the Lady Indians traveled to face Hart County in a game that was moved due to a scheduling conflict. The move did not matter as the Lady Indians put another one in the win column, winning over the Lady Bulldogs, 7-1. Karly Smith, who was […]

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Toccoa HPC To Review Its Design Guidelines

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Toccoa’s Historic Preservation Commission will look at updating its rules and regulations. Last week, the HPC met with Joe Rothwell. He is the Historic Preservation Planner for the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission. Rothwell and the HPC talked about the board’s current guidelines and the opportunity to update them. Toccoa Community Development Director Connie Tabor said that the sides agreed to […]

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Coan To Swim This Week

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Local Paralympian McKenzie Coan will take to the water for her first two events in Rio this week. Opening ceremonies for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil are taking place today. Coan will swim in her first two events on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, she will compete in the 100-meter backstroke event and then she will compete […]

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GSP Releases Final Holiday Traffic Stats

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The final traffic numbers are in for the Labor Day travel weekend on Georgia highways. According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, 13 people were killed on Georgia highways over the 78-hour holiday period. That travel period started at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday. One of those traffic fatalities was in the Toccoa post coverage area […]

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Broadband Committee To Meet in Stephens Co.

A committee looking at high-speed broadband internet in the state of Georgia will meet in Toccoa next week. The Joint High-Speed Broadband Communications Access for all Georgians Study Committee is scheduled to hold its second meeting on Thursday, September 15 at 1 p.m. at the North Georgia Technical College Currahee Campus in Toccoa. Among the members of this committee is […]

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Lunch Honors Law Enforcement

With the anniversary of September 11th coming up this weekend, community leaders come together to thank local law enforcement. On Tuesday, the Toccoa Rotary Club, in partnership with WNEG Radio, held a luncheon for local law enforcement from the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and the Toccoa Police Department at the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting at Gate Cottage on the campus […]

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Corps Announces Park Closing Schedule

The annual Fall park closing schedule is out for Hartwell Lake. Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released that schedule last week. According to the Corps, Coneross, Georgia River, Oconee Point, and Paynes Creek Campgrounds will close for the season on October 1. Crescent and Springfield Campgrounds will close on November 1. Finally, Twin Lakes and Watsadler Campgrounds […]

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