BOE, E.O. Foundation Still Negotiating New Lease

The Stephens County Board of Education continues to negotiate a new lease agreement with Evan Oglesby and his foundation for the old Toccoa High School gym. The two sides talked about a new lease again Thursday at the Stephens County Board of Education’s work session. Oglesby, a Toccoa native and former NFL player, currently leases the old gym on Pond […]

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Martin: Economic Future Looking Up in Stephens Co.

Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said he feels good about economic progress made in the last 12 months. Last week, Martin reported to the Development Authority board that in the current fiscal year, which ends later this month, the county has seen 202 jobs created and $32 million in investment. According to Martin, that does not include […]

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Widow of Lavonia Pastor Can Collect from Rabun, Habersham Insurance Policies

The website Nowhabersham.com reports that the widow of the late Lavonia pastor the Rev. Jonathan Ayers can collect civil damages awarded to her last year from insurance policies held by both Rabun and Habersham counties. According to the report, that ruling came from the Georgia Court of Appeals recently. Nowhabersham.com reports that the Court of Appeals ruling overturned a lower […]

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Apparent Tax Scam Reported in Area

Another tax scam is being reported in the area. Toccoa City Commissioner and local accountant Jeanette Jamieson said that several elderly people have reported to her that they have received calls from people purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service regarding people’s taxes. Jamieson said that if someone calls in that manner claiming to be from the IRS, they […]

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Banks Co. Sheriff Institutes Parent Assistance Program

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed is instituting a new summertime program to help working parents. Banks County Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Carrissa McFaddin said the Summertime Assistance Program is designed for working parents who have children at home during the summer months while school is out of session. “This is the first time we are […]

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Lavonia Completes Digital Water Meter Conversion

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia City of Lavonia water customers now have new, high-tech water meters and the city is collecting more revenue as a result. Work to replace the old meters with new digital equipment has been an ongoing project since 2013 and began with the City of Lavonia applying for and receiving a $465,000 Georgia Environmental Finance […]

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DOT Urges Drivers To Stay Safe This Summer

Plan ahead, drive alert and watch for work zones. That’s the advice to motorists from the Georgia Department of Transportation as an active summer construction season gets into full swing with projects beginning or underway throughout the state. To minimize traffic delays, the Department said it seeks to make the road work as non-disruptive to motorists as possible. The DOT […]

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