Man Pleads Guilty, Ending Child Molestation Trial

A Stephens County man ends his trial on child molestation by pleading guilty on modified charges. 79-year-old Byard Donald Charles pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Stephens County Superior Court, ending his trial, which was already underway. Charles pleaded guilty to one count of Felony Sexual Battery and one count of First Degree Cruelty to Children. He was then sentenced to […]

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Stephens Co. Receiving Sewer Expansion Grant from EDA

Stephens County receives some good economic news. Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration will give $1.42 million to Toccoa and Stephens County for water and sewer system improvements along the Toccoa By-pass. Specifically, the grant is funding expansion of the city’s sewer system from the intersection of the By-pass and […]

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Toccoa Rookie League Baseball Loses Twice At Sectionals

The season comes to a close for the Toccoa Rookie League Baseball All-Stars. The Toccoa Rookie League Baseball team finished its season in the Northeast Georgia sectional tournament this past week in Athens. Toccoa, who finished second in the district tournament to qualify for sectionals, lost its two games in the double-elimination tournament. In its first game, Toccoa lost to […]

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Ty Cobb Medical Center Seeking Financial Partner

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in Lavonia is one step closer to finding a financial partner. In January, Ty Cobb Healthcare CEO Greg Hearn said the hospital was actively pursuing partnering with a larger medical facility to help shore up their financial situation. Last year, the hospital lost some $15-million dollars in bad debt […]

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Stephens Co. School System Still Working to Update Financial Numbers

The Stephens County school system continues efforts to get final financial numbers in order to move forward with the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. School system staff provided the Stephens County Board of Education with another Fiscal Year 2015 budget update during the board’s meeting on Tuesday. Finance Director Misty Cleveland told the Board that the current up to date estimated […]

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One Arrested In Deer Chase Rd. Burglary

One person is facing a burglary charge after allegedly stealing items from a Stephens County residence. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says that it all started when deputies responded to a Deer Chase Road residence last Thursday, June 12, regarding a burglary that had previously occurred. Shirley said the deputy who arrived was told that about $3,500 worth of electronics […]

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Byargeon Pleads Guilty; Sentenced to 30 Years In Prison

A former Stephens County jailer pleads guilty to child molestation and other charges. Bobby Lee Byargeon of Toccoa pleaded guilty last week in Stephens County Superior Court to numerous charges, including child molestation, sexual exploitation of children, and cruelty to children in the first degree. He was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison, followed by another 30 years probation. […]

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Child Molestation Trial Underway in Toccoa

A child molestation trial gets underway in Stephens County Superior Court. Opening statements in the trial of Byard Donald Charles started Tuesday morning in Toccoa. That is after jury selection took all day on Monday. Charles is charged with two counts of child molestation, involving someone under the age of 16 years old. The indictment states the alleged crimes took […]

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Lavonia Police Chief Warns of Social Security Scam

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle is warning citizens to aware of a possible Social Security fraud scheme. Carlisle said he was recently notified by the Social Security confirming his online account – but Carlisle said he never set up the account. He said he spoke to a Social Security representative, who went over a […]

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Police Blotter

The Toccoa Police Department responded to a Poplar Way residence on June 14 in reference to a theft. According to the report on file with police, a woman told police she had a Yamaha guitar that belonged to a friend stolen from the inside of her home. The incident allegedly happened sometime between the morning of June 6 and the […]

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