Sidewalk Work Underway in Lavonia

By Charles Robertson, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The city of Lavonia continues to work on its sidewalk streetscape project. There have been road cones and workers throughout the downtown area of Lavonia this past week. Lavonia City Manager Charles Cawthon said it is for a project that started back in 2012. “This is the continuation of the T-project,” said Cawthon. “This […]

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Toccoa Holds Main Street Awards

An annual event brings out city and community leaders to recognize a year of improvements in downtown Toccoa. Thursday, the Toccoa Main Street Program hosted its annual Main Street Awards ceremony at the historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa. The Main Street program handed out awards to six different individuals, organizations, or businesses. Toccoa Main Street […]

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December Unemployment Figures Out

Preliminary numbers from the Georgia Labor Department show that Stephens County ended the year with a slight uptick in unemployment. According to numbers released Thursday, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in December. That is up two-tenths of a percentage point from November’s 5.6 percent and one-tenth of a percentage point from the December 2015 rate […]

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Drought Conditions Improve in NE Ga.

Recent rains are continuing to help improve the drought situation in Stephens County and throughout northeast Georgia. The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor that was issued on Thursday shows that drought conditions in Stephens County have lessened to “severe drought.” That is a step down from “extreme drought,” which is where Stephens County was last week. Much of […]

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Loring Wins NGTC Rick Perkins Award

North Georgia Technical College announces its winner for an annual teaching award. The school recently announced photography instructor Jim Loring of Clayton as the winner of the 2017 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction. The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college […]

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Jarrell Helping Mt. Airy

Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell will be pulling some double duty for the coming weeks. Jarrell says he has agreed to assist the town of Mt. Airy part-time as its Interim Police Chief, while also continuing on in Toccoa as Police Chief full-time. According to accessnorthga.com, Mt. Airy’s current police chief has been placed on administrative leave pending an outcome […]

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E.C. Wrestlers Go For National Title

By Charles Robertson, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A northeast Georgia college wrestling team is headed to try to win a national title this weekend. The Emmanuel College wrestling team will head to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia to compete for the NCWA National Duals Title in wrestling. The Lions had an incredible season that has earned them the number one seed […]

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Stephens Co. Names STAR Student, Teacher

Stephens County names its STAR student. This week, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce announced that Ian Douglas Allen, a senior at Stephens County High School, is this year’s STAR student. Allen is the son of Doug and Darla Allen of Toccoa. He said he is excited to receive this year’s honor. “I was hoping for it,” said Allen. “I […]

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Nifco, Georgia, NGTC Sign QuickStart Agreement

State officials are putting a plan in place to train people for work at the new Nifco KTW plant in Stephens County. On Wednesday, state and local officials joined company representatives to officially sign a QuickStart training agreement for the plant in the Hayestone-Brady Business Park along Highway 17. QuickStart is a Georgia economic development program that provides customized workforce […]

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