Skeletal Remains Found In Banks Crossing Identified

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Skeletal remains found behind a motel in Banks Crossing last year have now been positively identified as those of a South Carolina man. On Tuesday, the Banks County Sheriff’s Office announced forensic tests have concluded the bones belong to Terry Lee Holbrooks of Fairplay-Westminster, South Carolina. In February 2014, three people were panning for […]

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Lavonia Holds Line on Millage Rate

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The City of Lavonia will keep its millage at the same rate it has been for the past two decades. At their regular meeting last week, the Lavonia City Council voted to keep the rate the same. Even though the City’s fiscal year begins and ends with the calendar year, the City must vote […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Grants Variance, Re-zoning For Planned Subdivision

A planned residential subdivision in the Lake Hartwell area can continue moving forward after getting the go-ahead from Stephens County Commissioners. On Tuesday, commissioners considered rezoning and variance requests from developer Bradley Church for property on Ridgemore Drive in Stephens County. Ridgemore Drive is located off of Holly Springs Road. According to Church, he and a fellow developer are planning […]

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Storms Move Through Stephens Co.

Skies are calmer this morning after severe weather pounded Stephens County and northeast Georgia Tuesday. The first storm moved through during the 1 p.m. hour on Tuesday. No major damage was reported during that storm. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that there were some trees down, but nothing more than that during the afternoon. The second storm moved through […]

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Toccoa To Extend Big A Rd. Sidewalk

The city of Toccoa is undertaking a sidewalk extension project. Monday, the Toccoa City Commission unanimously approved a bid to extend the city’s current sidewalk on Big A Road farther south. Commissioners approved the only bid that was received. That came from Martin Construction and Grading of Toccoa in the amount of $315,014. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said that […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Ratifies Millage Rates

Stephens County Commissioners ratify the millage rates for the county government and the school system. Tuesday, commissioners voted 3 to 1 to approve both the county government’s millage rate of 13.41 mills and the school system’s millage rate of 19.75 mills. Commissioner Michelle Ivester voted “no,” while Commissioner Dean Scarborough was not at the meeting. Ivester says she supported the […]

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WGTA-TV On Air

The former WNEG-TV is back on the air, but with new owners and new call letters. Recently, WGTA-TV returned to the airwaves, over the air on Channel 32. Currently, the station is airing three networks associated with Weigel Broadcasting, Heroes and Icons, Decades, and Movies!. Its operations are based out of Toccoa. Earlier this year, the University of Georgia announced […]

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Toccoa Re-names Golf Course; Sets Grand Opening

The city of Toccoa renames its city-owned golf course as it prepares to open the course in the coming months. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved re-naming the course “The Links at Lake Toccoa.” Previously, the course had been known, among other things, as the Pines and Black Mountain Golf. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said re-naming the course gives […]

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Animal Shelter Overcrowded; Needs Community Support

The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter continues to care for about 20 dogs seized from a Stephens County home last week. Authorities seized the dogs from a home on East Silver Shoals Road and charged the owner with multiple counts of animal cruelty. Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter Executive Director Jeff Roberts said that those dogs remain in the care of the […]

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