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St. Mary’s May Buy Ty Cobb Hospital

February 13, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Officials with Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center confirm negotiations are underway for the possible sale of Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center to St. Mary’s Healthcare System of Athens. Ty Cobb Healthcare CEO Greg Hearn made the announcement late Wednesday morning in a prepared press release. “Strategic discussions between...

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‘Can Man’ Found Dead; No Foul Play Suspected

February 13, 2015

Authorities in Stephens County are investigating a death to ensure that no foul play was involved. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that he was contacted earlier this week about a person who had not been seen. “I was called by two different individuals about Winfred Kallenback,” said Shirley. “Most folks around Toccoa would...

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Bill Would Allow Election of Local School Superintendents

February 13, 2015

50th District State Senator John Wilkinson is one of the sponsors of a bill in the state Senate that would give counties in Georgia an option on how superintendents and school boards are chosen. Senate Bill 81 would allow counties to have voters elect their local school superintendents and have grand juries select people...

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NGTC Names New Police Chief

February 13, 2015

North Georgia Technical College has a new Chief of Campus Police. The school has announced that Stan Lovell has taken that position. Lovell has served as Chief Investigator for the Habersham County District Attorney since 1998, preparing cases for trials by state prosecutors. As he moves into the role of Police Chief in the...

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Toccoa Man Pleads Guilty In 2012 Murder

February 12, 2015

A man charged with malice murder in Stephens County has entered a guilty plea, avoiding a possible death penalty trial. 24-year-old Shannon Iceal Maxwell of Toccoa pleaded guilty Wednesday in Stephens County Superior Court to a host of charges. Those charges include felony murder, burglary, criminal attempt to commit a felony, two counts of...

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Stephens C&D Landfill Closer to Official Closure

February 12, 2015

Stephens County’s construction and demolition landfill is one step closer to complete closure. Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously voted to sign the certificate of substantial completion for the landfill to send it off to the state’s Environmental Protection Division. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said this is a major step forward in the process of closing...

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Toccoa Hopes to Start Emory Johnson Park Improvements Soon

February 12, 2015

The city of Toccoa takes another step towards starting work on improvements at Emory Johnson Park. Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved a resolution for the project. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said that the city has a number of improvements planned for the park. “We want to demolish the existing picnic shelter and construct...

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City Buys Screen, Projector for Schaefer Center

February 12, 2015

The city of Toccoa continues improvements at the Schaefer Center downtown. Monday, city commissioners voted unanimously to purchase a screen and projector for the facility. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said this will replace the previous policy of leasing the equipment when doing things like showing movies at the Schaefer Center. “We have been...

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SCSO Arrests Four Teens in Parking Lot Theft

February 12, 2015

Four teenagers face charges after authorities say they allegedly entered vehicles in the student parking lot at Stephens County High School. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says that his office arrested 17-year-old Heidi A. Bolding and 18-year-old Michael Marquez Peoples, both of Gainesville, earlier this month, and charged both with theft by taking. Shirley...

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Lady Indians End Season in Region Quarterfinals

February 12, 2015

The basketball season is over for the Stephens County Lady Indians. Stephens County came up just short in the Region 8-AAAA quarterfinals Wednesday against Madison County at Buford High School, losing 47-43. It was a close game with several lead changes. The Lady Indians led by two at halftime and by three with one...

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