Region 8-AAAA Cross Country Meet Today


Stephens County High School is wrapping up its cross country season. Today is the Region 8-AAAA cross country meet for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Indians’ Cross Country Coach Chad Bridges says that both Stephens County cross-country teams are young and working every day to get better. “We have one senior on the boys’ team, Jimmy Carter,” said Bridges. […]

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GBI Looking for Franklin Co. Rape Suspect

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help to find a man wanted for rape in Franklin County. On Wednesday, the GBI issued a plea for help locating 19-year old Anthony Elijah Jones, address unknown. According to the GBI, it happened on the campus of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs on […]

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Lavonia Reacts to Delay in Streetscape Funding

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced another delay in the bid process for a host of statewide, federally-funded projects. The 34 delayed projects across Georgia, valued at $123 million, were previously scheduled to go out for bids in December, but uncertainty about whether the money will be available caused G-DOT to withdraw its […]

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Stephens Co. Names Assistant Administrator

Stephens County promotes a department head to a newly created position. Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners unanimously approved creating a position of Assistant Administrator and announced that the county’s Building and Grounds Director, Randall Cleveland, would take on the new position in addition to his current duties with Building and Grounds. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that Cleveland has proven himself […]

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Work is Continuing on County Fire Stations

Progress is continuing on three new fire stations in Stephens County. The county is using SPLOST VI money to build stations on North Holcomb Drive and Red Bluff Road to provide more coverage to the Big Smith Fire Department, and Black Mountain Road to provide more coverage to the Shiloh Fire Department. On Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved bids for […]

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Drug Investigation Leads to Two Arrests in Toccoa


Two people face drug charges after an investigation by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office arrested 25-year-old William Thomas Smith of Toccoa and 35-year-old James Eugene Burns of Carnesville last Wednesday, October 21, in the parking lot of a business off of Collins Road. Shirley said both men were charged with Possession […]

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One Arrested for Burglary in Stephens Co.

A Stephens County resident is under arrest after he was allegedly caught in the act of burglarizing a local home. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office arrested 23-year-old Hank Allen Bohannon of Toccoa on October 20 and charged him with one count of Burglary. Shirley said the arrest comes after deputies responded to a reported burglary in […]

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Toccoa To Work on Multiple Sidewalks With State Money

Toccoa finalizes a sidewalk project it will do next year using state money. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved its LMIG project for next year. According to Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse, the city is getting about $97,000 from the state through Georgia’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant program. That money requires a local match, leaving a total of about […]

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Banks Co. Authorities Say Missing Woman Found Safe

Banks County investigators have said that a missing Banks County woman has been located and is safe. The Banks County Sheriff’s Office said 39-year-old Cassie Janine Baugh of Alto was last seen by family members on Tuesday, October 20th. Wednesday morning, the Banks County Sheriff’s Office said that Baugh was found and is safe. No other details were released at […]

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