Franklin Co. Gets Look At Proposed FY 17 Budget

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Franklin County Fiscal Year 2017 budget is one step closer to being final. Franklin County’s new fiscal year begins July 1 and the budget, by law, must be passed by June 30th. At its regular meeting Monday night, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners got its first look at the preliminary budget. Franklin […]

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Toccoa Rookie Leagues Ready For Sectional Tournaments

Toccoa’s Rookie League baseball and softball All-Stars will both begin play tonight in the State Northeast Sectional Rookie League tournaments. The tournaments are taking place in Athens and include teams from Districts 7, 6, and 10. Both Toccoa teams qualified after winning their District tournaments this month, while the second place teams from the district also qualified. In softball, the […]

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Husband and Wife Arrested for Shoplifting in Toccoa

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A husband and wife team face multiple charges in Toccoa in connection to a host of alleged shoplifting cases. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said that in recent months, the police department was flooded with reports of shoplifting cases throughout the city. Jarrell said police could not initially identify suspects, but did have a partial tag number and a description […]

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Rhodes Jumping In To E-911/EMA Head Post

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Stephens County’s new E-911 and Emergency Management Agency Director is settling in to her new position. Danielle Rhodes started on the job Monday. Rhodes said her first day was a busy one, meeting with people and getting acclimated with the E-911 center and the employees. She said that her first impression was a good one. “Everybody has been really friendly […]

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Road Work To Start on Riverdale Road

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Stephens County road crews are moving onto another project. According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, the road crews will be moving now from Rock Creek Road to Riverdale Road. Crews spent the last two days on Rock Creek Road, doing tar and gravel work on a section near East Silver Shoals Road. Meanwhile, Ayers said that crews could begin […]

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Stephens Co. Caterpillar Facility Shut Down

The shut down at Caterpillar’s Stephens County plant is official. According to Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin, production has finished in the building and all inventory has been shipped out of the building in the Hayestone-Brady Business Park on Georgia Highway 17. He says the equipment dismantling process is underway and there are about 20 people in […]

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Concert Friday to Benefit Humane Shelter

A concert later this week will look to raise funds for the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter. Elvis Tribute Artist Cody Ray Slaughter will perform his “Elvis 56” biopic concert on Friday at the Tugaloo Center for the Performing Arts at Stephens County High School in Toccoa. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and tickets are still available. Toccoa-Stephens […]

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Pickett Firm Holds Ribbon Cutting

A new law firm opens up in Stephens County. The Pickett Firm LLC held a Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting last month. Ann Pickett said her firm offers a wide range of services. “We do real estate closings and title searches,” said Pickett. “We offer business compliance for small business owners on various compliance issues they may have. We […]

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Toccoa Unveils Latest Downtown Historic Plaque

Main Street Toccoa wraps up its 2015-2016 series of historic plaques. The final plaque in the series for this year was unveiled last Thursday at Troup’s Gold Crown Hallmark, the former R.L. Smith Furniture and Appliance at the corner of Doyle and Pond streets in downtown Toccoa. City officials said that R.L. Smith first started a television and appliance center […]

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Stephens Co. Schools Get Four Stars

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A state rating gives all Stephens County schools four stars. Last week, the Georgia Department of Education released its 2015 School Climate Star Ratings. The ratings are based on survey results and data from the 2014-2015 school year. State education officials said that the school climate refers to the quality and character of school life, or the “culture” of a […]

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