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Franklin Co. Clerk Announces Retirement

May 24, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The search is on for a new county clerk in Franklin County. Franklin County Clerk Laverne Hilley has announced she will retire at the end of this fiscal year. According to Franklin County Manager Billy Morse, the county is already accepting applications. “The position is being advertised and...

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Former Lavonia City Councilman Dies

May 24, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Flags are flying at half-staff in the City of Lavonia in memory of longtime city councilman Carl David Whitworth. Whitworth died early Wednesday morning at his home on Bluebird Lane in Lavonia. Whitworth served as a city councilman in Lavonia from 1972 to 1991 and again from 1993...

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Toccoa Commissioners Revoke Letter Supporting Water Project Grant

May 23, 2013

Toccoa City Commissioners revoke a letter of support for a proposed multi-million dollar project to interconnect area water systems. City commissioners met Wednesday to talk with Chris Quigley, the engineer hired by Madison and Elbert County officials to design the project. Madison and Elbert County officials are seeking $10 million from the Governor’s Water...

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NeSmith Speaks To Chamber

May 23, 2013
NeSmith Speaks To Chamber

Never stop dreaming. That’s the message from the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center. Those in attendance heard from Community Newspapers Inc. Owner and University of Georgia Board of Regents Chair Dink NeSmith. He said it is important for people to always dream....

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Chamber Hands Out Awards At Annual Meeting

May 23, 2013
Chamber Hands Out Awards At Annual Meeting

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce recognizes a long-time attorney and judge. The Chamber awarded Bob Struble the Lifetime Achievement Award during Wednesday’s annual meeting at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center. Struble was a long-time attorney as well as a Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge. He still serves as a Senior Superior Court...

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New Principal Named for Toccoa Elementary

May 23, 2013
New Principal Named for Toccoa Elementary

Toccoa Elementary School has a new principal. Tuesday, the Stephens County Board of Education unanimously approved Tammy Whitworth as the new principal at Toccoa Elementary School. Whitworth was formerly an assistant principal at Eastanollee Elementary School in Stephens County. Former principal David Jacobsen had announced his retirement earlier in the year. Meanwhile, the school...

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Stephens Co. Schools Looking at Meal Price Options

May 23, 2013

Lunch prices for Stephens County elementary school students will increase next year unless the school system qualifies for a federal program that would actually offer free lunch. Last week, the Stephens County Board of Education unanimously approved increasing the price of an elementary school student lunch from $1.25 to $1.50. Stephens County School Superintendent...

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Stephens Co. Graduation Rate Up

May 22, 2013

The Stephens County School System gets good news on its graduation rate and initial CRCT results. Tuesday, the state released graduation rates for the 2011-2012 school year. Stephens County’s graduation rate for the 2011-2012 school year is 87.3 percent, which is up from the 2010-2011 rate of 83.8 percent. Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie...

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Stephens Co. BOE Approves Tentative FY 2014 Budget

May 22, 2013

The Stephens County School System continues to move forward with its Fiscal Year 2014 budget process. Tuesday, the Board of Education unanimously approved the tentative Fiscal Year 2014 budget for the purposes of advertisement. School staff presented the tentative $31.9 million budget to the Board Thursday at a work session for review. The school...

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Franklin Co. Prison Escapee Caught

May 22, 2013
Franklin Co. Prison Escapee Caught

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia An escaped prisoner from the Franklin County Detention Center is back behind bars. Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said that authorities captured 20-year-old Keibron Brock Tuesday. According to Thomas, authorities suspected Brock was hiding out in his mother’s house on State Route 59 in Franklin County and obtained...

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