HPC Rejects COA Request

Toccoa’s Historic Preservation Commission rejects a Certificate of Appropriateness request for a downtown building. Last week, the HPC considered Robert Crumley’s request to perform major exterior building renovations to the former Green’s Department Store at 26 Doyle Street. Back in May, the HPC met with Crumley on the property and gave preliminary approval for Crumley to begin on exterior renovations […]

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Franklin BOC Agrees to Borrow to Make Ends Meet

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County will borrow the money it needs to meet its obligations through the end of the year. The Board of Commissioners signed off on the plan at their regular meeting last night in Carnesville. During their work session last week, County Manager Beth Thomas told the board the County needs to borrow money […]

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Homer Murder Victim Identified

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Banks County officials have released the identity of a murder victim found in home in Homer last week. According to Banks County Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Carrissa McFaddin, the victim is identified as Sonya Gale Phelps, 48, of Homer. McFaddin said Phelps died from ligature strangulation and blunt force head injury. Last week, Banks County […]

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Little League Update

The Toccoa Little League baseball All-Stars move into the championship round. Thursday in Clarkesville, Toccoa pounded Habersham in four innings, 35-0, to advance from the elimination bracket into the finals. Toccoa scored three runs in the first and five in the second. Then, Toccoa sent 17 men to the plate in the third inning and scored 14 runs and sent […]

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NGTC Students Participate at National SkillsUSA Event

A number of area students at North Georgia Technical College are back after competing in a national competition. Nine North Georgia Tech students recently traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skill Conference. NGTC’s Brad Budd of Hephzibah garnered a Silver medal in Photography and Michelle Brewer of Clayton achieved Bronze in the Medical Assisting […]

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Ride Strong Event Leaves This Morning

More than a dozen cyclists will leave Toccoa today and head to Vidalia. It is the first “Ride-Strong” event. The riders are going to Vidalia from Toccoa to raise funds and awareness for the Paul Anderson Park and the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Organizers said the ride honors the legacy of Paul Anderson, who rode a bicycle long distances for […]

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Stephens Co. Eliminates Magistrate Court Clerk Positions; Clerk of Court’s Office Takes Over Work

Stephens County officials are announcing a change in operations regarding the county’s Magistrate Court. According to County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, the county has chosen to assign the clerks’ work for the Magistrate Court to the Stephens County Clerk of Court’s Office, rather than have separate Magistrate Court clerks. Ayers said that move affects two positions specifically. “The cuts that have […]

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21 Dogs Seized From Home; Identity of Owner Released

Authorities have released the identity of a woman charged with animal cruelty after authorities searched her Stephens County home Tuesday. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, 53-year-old Zina Cobb of Toccoa was arrested on Tuesday. Shirley said it all started with an anonymous tip to authorities. “An anonymous tip came into 911 that dogs were roaming around, a lot […]

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Alleged ID Theft Leads to Two Arrests

A months-long, multi-agency investigation results in two arrests. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the investigation began back in April with a report from someone that their identity had been stolen. Shirley said the victim discovered his identity was stolen when he went to purchase a new vehicle. “As a result of what the victim was able to tell […]

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Two Charged in Series of Thefts

Authorities have one person in custody and are looking for a second in connection to a series of thefts and burglaries from a Stephens County residence. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies from his office began investigating a series of thefts and burglaries from a vacant residence on U.S. Highway 123 back on June 8. “These occurred over […]

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