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Broadband Project Moving Forward

December 31, 2012

Progress continues on a broadband expansion project in Stephens County and northeast Georgia. The project is building what eventually would be a 150-mile high-speed broadband fiber loop through Stephens, Franklin, Hart, Banks, Habersham, and Rabun counties. The first leg of that project is slated to be between Toccoa and Hollywood, Georgia, in Habersham County....

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New Year’s Government Schedule

December 31, 2012

Government offices are announcing their schedules for the New Year’s holiday. Both Stephens County Government Offices and Toccoa City Hall are closed Tuesday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recycling scheduled to be picked up on Tuesday will be picked up on Wednesday....

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Two Killed So Far on Ga. Highways

December 31, 2012

So far, the Georgia Department of Public Safety says that two people have been killed on Georgia highways during the New Year’s holiday travel period. The New Year’s holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through midnight Tuesday. Those fatal crashes have been reported in Macon and the Valdosta area. As...

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Hudgens Urges Fireworks Safety for New Year’s

December 31, 2012

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging residents to watch out for the dangers of fireworks during the New Year’s holiday. According to Hudgens, the sale and individual use of any type of firework, except certain kinds of sparklers, is illegal in Georgia. The penalties are a maximum fine of up...

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Continuation Of Wilbros Court Hearing Postponed

December 28, 2012

A hearing for a preliminary injunction in the Wilbros case will not continue next month as the two sides have been ordered into further mediation. Superior Court Judge Robert Adamson has ordered attorneys for both sides into mediation to take place either on January 24 or 25 or at a time prior to January...

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Updated: Missing Habersham Child Found Safe

December 28, 2012

A Habersham County child has been found and the AMBER alert canceled. The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office states that 5-year-old Roy Ivan Montesinos III has been located safely this morning. In addition, Habersham County authorities state that the boy’s father, 25-year-old Roy Ivan Montesinos II, was taken into custody by the Gwinnett County Police....

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Stephens Unemployment Drops in Nov.

December 28, 2012

The latest unemployment figures from the Georgia Department of Labor show that Stephens County’s unemployment rate declined last month. According to the preliminary unemployment figures for November, Stephens County’s rate dropped to 8.6 percent last month from 8.9 percent, which was the revised rate for the county in October. Labor Department figures show that...

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Recent Rains, But Drought Remains

December 28, 2012

Recent rains appear to be helping a little to ease drought conditions in northeast Georgia. The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that severe drought conditions have retreated slightly from last week. Areas of Habersham County and far northern Stephens County that were in severe drought last week are now considered to...

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Broun Calls For Spending Cuts To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

December 28, 2012

With legislators in Washington, D.C. still negotiating to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” local Congressman Paul Broun calls on Washington to cut spending, rather than raise taxes. The Athens Republican said that if Washington does not stop spending, then the country will have a real fiscal cliff. “We’re discussing taxes on those making above...

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Suspect Still At Large After Chase in Hart Co.

December 28, 2012

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Hart County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for an Anderson, South Carolina man involved in a high-speed chase that wrecked the Hart County Sheriff’s cruiser. It happened at about 7 p.m. on Christmas Day. Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland said his dispatcher received a call about an erratic...

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