SCSO Purchasing Body Cameras

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office will have body cameras soon for all of its deputies on the road. Last week, the Stephens County Commission approved moving money from contingency to purchase 30 body cameras for the Sheriff’s Office. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that the Sheriff’s Office had come in under budget this year and allowed the county to […]

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ASI Buys Standard Register Building

A local industry is purchasing an area building and will share it with the industry already there. This week, ASI announced that it has taken over as the landlord of the 66,000 square-foot building on Industrial Boulevard in Toccoa that currently houses Standard Register. The transaction took effect back on June 17. ASI plans to use the building for office […]

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Stephens Co. Issues First Same Sex Marriage License

In the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, Stephens County has seen its first same-sex marriage license issued. Stephens County Probate Judge Glenda Ernest says that her office had issued one same-sex marriage license since the Supreme Court ruling last Friday. Ernest says her office, along with all other Probate Judge’s offices in Georgia, are […]

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Little League Update

Toccoa’s 9-10 baseball All-Stars come up just short in their bid to continue on in the District tournament. Wednesday in Lavonia, Toccoa lost to Habersham 5-3 in an elimination bracket game. Trailing 5-2 entering the top of the sixth inning, Toccoa loaded the bases and got one run on an RBI walk by Desmin Teasley. However, Habersham then got Will […]

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Franklin Co. Passes FY 2016 Budget

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County has a new budget for Fiscal 2016. At their work session Tuesday night, the board passed the new budget by a vote of 4-1 with Commissioner David Strickland voting against. Franklin County’s fiscal 2016 budget is just over $13.2 million, up from this fiscal year’s budget of $11.8 million. County Manager Beth […]

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Airport Authority Looking at Policies and Procedures

The Toccoa-Stephens County Airport Authority is continuing to look at a formal set of policies and procedures. Authority members met Monday at the airport for a called meeting and proposed policies and procedures were on the agenda for discussion. Toccoa-Stephens County Airport Authority Chair Dennis Bell said that the policies and procedures they are looking at would cover all aspects […]

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Rotary Club Honors Lifeguard

The mother of a child who nearly drowned last week at the Doyle Street Pool last week says her child is doing very well. She says the child came home last week and has recovered from the incident, which occurred during the early afternoon hours of June 22 at the pool in Toccoa. In the incident, the mother says she […]

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Storm Moves Through Stephens Co.

A storm this afternoon in Stephens County causes some damage in areas. The storm moved through during the noon hour. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that extremely high winds led to many fallen trees in the eastern side of Stephens County. That includes the Shorewood area along Lake Hartwell and South Red Rock Road. Shirley said at one Shorewood […]

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Little League Update

The Toccoa 9-10 baseball All-Stars are still alive for a District 7 championship. Tuesday, Toccoa edged Hart 11-10 in Lavonia in an elimination bracket game to continue on in the double-elimination tournament. Next up for Toccoa is Habersham, who lost to Franklin by a score of 6-3. The winner of tonight’s Toccoa-Habersham elimination bracket game will advance to the championship […]

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New Ga. Gas Tax Starts Today

July 1 means a host of new laws take effect. Among the most prominent is a change in the state of Georgia’s gasoline tax. Earlier this year, the Georgia General Assembly passed the Transportation Funding Act of 2015, which goes into effect today. The measure will convert the current sales tax on gasoline to an excise tax, which would amount […]

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