DOT Suspends Lane Closures for July 4th Holiday

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia This weekend is typically one of the busiest on Georgia roadways of the year. And as they always do over a holiday weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation will be suspending all construction-related closures, according to G-DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope. “The July 4th Weekend is on the biggest holiday travel weekends for vehicular traffic of […]

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GSP, Law Enforcement Ready for Busy Travel Weekend

Law enforcement is also ready for a busy Fourth of July holiday travel weekend. The 78-hour holiday period began at 6 p.m. on Thursday and ends at midnight on Sunday, July 5. During this period, the Georgia State Patrol will be conducting concentrated patrols and road checks throughout the state. Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough says […]

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DNR Urges Boating Safety This Weekend

Since Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division says it is expecting waterways across the state to be busier than usual as boaters and swimmers take to the lakes and rivers for picnics, recreation and fireworks. The DNR says rangers across the state will be working throughout the weekend, prepared […]

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Little League Update

Two more Toccoa Little League All-Star teams will get underway this weekend with their district tournaments. Those are the Toccoa Little League and Toccoa Junior League All-Star baseball teams. Both of those teams will begin play on Sunday in Habersham County. Toccoa’s Little League baseball All-Stars will begin their double-elimination tournament with a game against Hart at 4:30 p.m. Sunday […]

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SCSO Purchasing Body Cameras

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office will have body cameras soon for all of its deputies on the road. Last week, the Stephens County Commission approved moving money from contingency to purchase 30 body cameras for the Sheriff’s Office. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that the Sheriff’s Office had come in under budget this year and allowed the county to […]

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ASI Buys Standard Register Building

A local industry is purchasing an area building and will share it with the industry already there. This week, ASI announced that it has taken over as the landlord of the 66,000 square-foot building on Industrial Boulevard in Toccoa that currently houses Standard Register. The transaction took effect back on June 17. ASI plans to use the building for office […]

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Stephens Co. Issues First Same Sex Marriage License

In the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, Stephens County has seen its first same-sex marriage license issued. Stephens County Probate Judge Glenda Ernest says that her office had issued one same-sex marriage license since the Supreme Court ruling last Friday. Ernest says her office, along with all other Probate Judge’s offices in Georgia, are […]

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Little League Update

Toccoa’s 9-10 baseball All-Stars come up just short in their bid to continue on in the District tournament. Wednesday in Lavonia, Toccoa lost to Habersham 5-3 in an elimination bracket game. Trailing 5-2 entering the top of the sixth inning, Toccoa loaded the bases and got one run on an RBI walk by Desmin Teasley. However, Habersham then got Will […]

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Franklin Co. Passes FY 2016 Budget

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County has a new budget for Fiscal 2016. At their work session Tuesday night, the board passed the new budget by a vote of 4-1 with Commissioner David Strickland voting against. Franklin County’s fiscal 2016 budget is just over $13.2 million, up from this fiscal year’s budget of $11.8 million. County Manager Beth […]

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