Ga. DOT Announces NE Ga. Road Work For Week

DOT officials said routine maintenance is planned for this week on various state highways in Stephens and surrounding counties. The Georgia Department of Transportation said that a crew will again be scheduled to seal cracks in the driving surface of State Route 184 this coming week. A lane and the shoulder of the roadway will be closed as this work […]

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Waldrop Announces Area GSP Post Transfers

The eventual opening of a new Georgia State Patrol post in Hart County will result in staff changes elsewhere, including at the Toccoa post. That is according to newly appointed GSP State Commander Major Tommy Waldrop. “Sgt. Al Whitworth will be the new Post commander in Hart County,” Waldrop said. “Chad Johnson, who is the Post Commander in Gainesville, will […]

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Accident Friday Afternoon on Hwy. 17

One woman was airlifted to Northeast Georgia Medical Center after a multiple vehicle accident Friday afternoon in Stephens County. The accident occurred during the 2 p.m. hour Friday on Highway 17 in front of the BBQ Shack. It reportedly involved two vehicles. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says one person involved in the accident was airlifted, while her husband was […]

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More Beams Going Up Next Week at New SR 17 Bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to raise and set more beams for the new State Route 17 bridge at the Franklin-Stephens County line next week. DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said if weather cooperates, 20 more beams will go up between Wednesday, August 6 and Saturday, August 9. “There are two parallel structures,” said Pope. “Each structure has 20 beams […]

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Franklin Co. Resident New GSP Commander

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A Franklin County resident will now command the Georgia State Patrol. Tommy Waldrop of Canon was recently promoted to the rank of Major and named the new Commander of the Georgia State Patrol. Waldrop said he is excited about his new responsibilities in Atlanta. “It will definitely be a challenge,” Waldrop said Tuesday. “I’m humbled […]

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El Potrero Holds Ribbon Cutting

A new Mexican restaurant celebrates its start. The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday for El Potrero Mexican Restaurant in Toccoa. Pedro Guadarama is one of the owners of El Potrero. “Every day, we have different specials,” said Guadarama. “This is authentic and original Mexican food.” El Potrero Mexican Restaurant is located on Broad […]

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Hartwell Lake Cleanup Campaign Starting

The annual Hartwell Lake Cleanup Campaign starts up today. In partnership with the Lake Hartwell Association, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the 34th annual Hartwell Lake Cleanup Campaign from today through September 20. During the cleanup campaign, the Corps says volunteers like scout groups, civic clubs, subdivision residents, businesses, families and friends are encouraged to pick up […]

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Police Blotter

The Toccoa Police Department responded to Stancil Drive on Monday in reference to a reported theft. A man told police that he had been on vacation the previous week and noticed upon returning that the battery and battery box on his RV had been stolen. The report states that the RV was parked in the yard when the items were […]

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