Stephens Co. Road Crew Commended for Efforts

Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers is commending the county’s road crew for its work over recent weeks. Ayers spoke about the job that the entire Public Works Department has done at Tuesday’s Stephens County Board of Commissioners meeting. She said that even though the county is without a Public Works Director, the road crew continues to do its best to […]

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TFC Renovating Dining Hall

Toccoa Falls College is undertaking a major renovation of its dining hall this summer. As part of the contract agreed upon by TFC and Chartwells, the college’s new food service provider since August 2014, about $1 million will go towards renovating the dining hall space located in the Student Center. TFC officials said in this new renovation, seating and table […]

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USFS Issues Draft Decision on Upper Warwoman

The U.S. Forest Service said it is providing the public with an early opportunity to preview the draft Decision Notice and final Environmental Analysis for the Upper Warwoman project in Rabun County. Currently, 100 percent of the Upper Warwoman watershed is functioning at risk to forest resources such as native trout, wildlife and rare fire dependent trees. Chattooga River District Ranger Ed […]

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Hummingbird A Go; German Company Locating in Toccoa

Project Hummingbird takes flight. Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal’s office announced that NIFCO KTW, a German-based automotive supplier of high-quality injection molded components, will locate its U.S. operations in Stephens County. This is the “Project Hummingbird” officials spoke of weeks ago, approving a project agreement with the company. The company will locate a 130,000 square foot facility on 32 acres in […]

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Stephens Co. Holds First Public Hearing On FY 16 Budget

Stephens County Commissioners move one step closer to adopting the county’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget. The county commission held a first public hearing on the proposed budget Tuesday. Nobody from the public spoke during the hearing on the budget, but Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers did give a summary of the proposed budget. Ayers said the Fiscal Year 2016 budget […]

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Shelter Director Offers Summer Pet Safety Tips

With temperatures rising outside and the summer months upon us, beating the heat is the focus of many. The same goes true for animals. Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said there are some things people should keep in mind when it comes to caring for their pets during the warm weather. Roberts said people need to particularly check […]

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Lavonia Manager Search Ongoing

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The search for a new city manager for the city of Lavonia is moving forward. Current Lavonia City Manager Gary Fesperman is retiring at the end of the year. Last week, he gave the Lavonia City Council and Mayor Ralph Owens an update on the search. Fesperman said they have garnered interest in the […]

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Stephens Co. Holding First FY16 Budget Hearing This Morning

Stephens County Commissioners will hold the first public hearing on the county’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget at their meeting this morning. County commissioners will meet at 8:30 a.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. The first item on the commission agenda is that budget public hearing. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers […]

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Ty Cobb Hospital Now Officially St. Mary’s Sacred Heart

It is official. After months of negotiations and state review, St. Mary’s Health Care System of Athens has confirmed that it has acquired Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in Lavonia retroactive to and effective on June 1. St. Mary’s confirmed that everything officially went through late Friday. With the sale now official, Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center is now officially […]

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