“Operation Dry Water” to Focus on BUI in Ga. This Weekend

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is focusing special attention across the state this weekend on the dangers of boating under the influence. This weekend, the Georgia DNR will participate in “Operation Dry Water.” “Operation Dry Water” is a multi-agency education and enforcement initiative that includes thousands of other law enforcement agencies across the nation focusing on reducing the number […]

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Legal Fees Awarded to Ayers’ Widow

The widow of late Lavonia pastor the Rev. Jonathan Ayers is to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees on top of damages already awarded. Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story awarded Abigail Ayers $832,200.19 in attorney’s fees and expenses in connection with her suit against former Mountain Judicial Circuit N.C.I.S. Drug Team Agent Billy […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Appoints Two To SCDA

Stephens County Commissioners appoint two new members to the Stephens County Development Authority board. Tuesday, county commissioners selected North Georgia Credit Union CEO Brian Akin and Bulldog’s Express Lube and Car Wash Owner Chuck Wright to serve five year terms on the Development Authority board. Akin and Wright were selected from a final group of nominees that also included local […]

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Stephens Co. Enters New Building Inspections Agreement

Stephens County switches to a new firm to handle its building inspections while the position remains vacant. Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved a contract with Gruber Enterprises of Toccoa to handle building inspector services for the county. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that the contract calls for Gruber Enterprises to provide these services for the county on a part-time […]

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Chamber Sends Out Counterfeit Bill Warning

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce is issuing an alert regarding counterfeit money. In an e-mail sent out on Wednesday, the Chamber said it has received reports that counterfeit $100 bills have been circulating in the Toccoa-Stephens County area. The Chamber said that any business that believes it has received a counterfeit note should contact the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office […]

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Cafe’ Risque Battle Makes Law Review

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The case of the City of Lavonia’s long battle to close a topless bar is now being studied by law students. Recently, the case of  Cafe’ Risque was featured in a white paper and published in the Communications Law Review. Written by Catherine Riley at TexasA&MUniversity, the paper documents how in 2001 the City […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Passes FY 15 Budget

Stephens County Commissioners pass a Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the budget that takes effect July 1. That budget is built based on a 2.85 mill increase in the county’s millage rate, taking that millage rate from 11.32 to 14.17 mills. County Commissioner Stanley London voted against the budget. London said he cannot support a […]

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SCSO Issues Scam Alert

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about a scam reportedly making the rounds in the area. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office has been informed of a potential telephone scam that has turned up in the area. “The scammer’s telephone has routinely shown to be from Idaho and the caller is identified himself as ‘Adam […]

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Investigation Ongoing Into Heavywood Furniture Fire

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said Tuesday that Saturday’s fire at a Stephens County industrial building does not appear to be suspicious. Fire Marshal’s Office Spokesman Glenn Allen said that investigators were at the Heavywood Furniture building off of Industrial Boulevard Monday morning to start trying to determine what caused the blaze. Allen said there is no timeline right now […]

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