DNR Urges To “ACTT” On Hunting Safety

With firearms deer season underway, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is urging hunting safety. While the DNR says hunting is a safe sport with only a small fraction of hunters ever involved in a hunting incident, safety is always an important point of review. With that in mind, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division reminds all […]

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NGTC Students Receive Scholarships

Two North Georgia Technical College Automotive students recently received scholarships from the Northeast Georgia Antique Auto Region & Truck Club. Clayton Smith of Toccoa and Montrell Croff of Lawrenceville each received a $500 scholarship. The funds are to be used toward the purchase of tools and equipment to be used in their chosen future profession. Smith recently graduated with honors […]

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Stephens BOE Adds Four Days Back to Calendar

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The Stephens County School System adds four more days back into the 2015-2016 school calendar, eliminating four calendar reduction days. At its meeting Tuesday, the Stephens County Board of Education voted unanimously to add the four days back into the calendar. Stephens County Assistant School Superintendent Terri Powers said that Superintendent Bryan Dorsey and staff feel good about where the […]

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GSP Investigating Hwy. 17 Accident

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One person is recovering from injuries after a multiple-vehicle accident on Georgia Highway 17 in the Martin area Tuesday morning. It happened near the Stephens County-Franklin County line in Stephens County. Martin Fire Chief Len Stovall said it started with a head-on collision between two vehicles. “We had a head-on with a Ford Escort in the northbound lane,” said Stovall. […]

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Habersham EMC Makes Donation to NGTC Foundation

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Habersham EMC makes a donation to North Georgia Technical College. Earlier this month, the North Georgia Technical College Foundation Board received a visit from Susan Baker of Habersham EMC. Baker was on hand to present the Foundation with a $2,500 check from the Habersham EMC Foundation’s Operation Round-up Program. School officials say this donation will be used to fund lending […]

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Lavonia Looking at FY 16 Budget

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Members of the Lavonia City Council are looking over their Fiscal 2016 budget. Lavonia’s fiscal year begins January 1 and last week, the council got a first glimpse of the new budget from City Manager Gary Fesperman. “We worked diligently and we’ve done a lot of creative things with the budget taking into consideration […]

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Hospital Adding Surgical Practice

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Stephens County Hospital is adding two general surgeons to its staff. Monday, the Hospital Authority unanimously approved spending $450,000 to purchase an office building on Falls Road that used to house Dr. James Fordyce’s office. Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said the space is needed for the two surgeons that will be arriving in Toccoa sometime around the end of November […]

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Toys for Tots Campaign Starting

The annual Toys for Tots campaign is gearing up in Stephens and surrounding counties. “Toys for Tots” is a program of the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve that collects and distributes toys to children and families in need each holiday season. Don Alexander is the Toys for Tots Coordinator for Stephens, Franklin, Hart, and Elbert counties. He said they […]

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Hospital Authority Elects Officers


The Stephens County Hospital Authority approves its officers for the next 12 months. Monday, the Hospital Authority voted unanimously to keep the same slate of officers for the year ahead as it has had for the past year. That means Mark Wilkinson will again serve as Chairman of the Hospital Authority, while Dr. Robert Slate will serve as the Authority’s […]

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