Franklin Co. Poultry Farmer Killed in Apparent Farming Accident

A Franklin County poultry farmer is dead after an apparent farming accident. The Franklin County Citizen-Leader reported Thursday that 47-year-old Andrew Lalumia of North Canal Bridge Road in Eastanollee died of injuries apparently sustained in an accident with a hay baler on Tuesday. North Canal Bridge Road is located just over the Stephens-Franklin County line in Franklin County, off of […]

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Cause of Clarkesville Fire Ruled Undetermined

State fire investigators rule the cause of the downtown Clarkesville fire back in March to be undetermined. Investigators released the final report into the March 5 blaze on Thursday. Clarkesville Fire Chief Jerry Palmer said he thanks the State Fire Marshal’s Office, especially Investigator Brian Smith, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, for their thorough and detailed investigation. […]

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Man Says Dogs Wrongfully Adopted Out By Shelter

A man whose friends took his dogs to the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter while he was out of town wants them back after they have been adopted to new homes. Thomas Powell spoke before Stephens County Commissioners and the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter board on Tuesday. Powell says he recently was arrested for driving without a suspended license and spent […]

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Lavonia Police Capture Alabama Prison Escapee

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Lavonia Police have captured a prison escapee from Alabama. It happened Wednesday afternoon, according to Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle. Alabama authorities say 45-year old Stephen Lamar Vaughn escaped from the Decatur Work Release in Morgan County, Alabama at approximately 7:00PM Tuesday. Carlisle said his office received word Wednesday morning from Vaughn’s daughter that […]

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Toccoa Approves Pool Related Bids

Toccoa continues moving forward with construction of a new city pool. On Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved bids for both the construction of the pool parking lot and concrete work at the pool. The commission accepted a base bid of $37,840 from Thomason Construction of Toccoa for the parking lot and a bid of $24,800 from Concrete Specialist of Toccoa […]

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Stephens Co. Residents Speak on Proposed Tax Hike

Stephens County residents speak on a proposed tax increase. Tuesday, county commissioners held the first public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The county is proposing a Fiscal Year 2015 budget that includes a 2.85 mill tax increase on property owners. Resident James Thomas said he wants to know why the county waited to do one large increase. […]

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SCDA Appointments Tabled

Stephens County Commissioners will re-visit the issue of who to appoint to five-year terms on the county’s Development Authority. Commissioners voted to table the matter on Tuesday. The commission must appoint two board members to the Development Authority to fill seats currently held by Tim Ash and Barry Roberts. Three names were put forth at Tuesday’s meeting. They are Georgia […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Names Nurse Heroes

Stephens County Hospital names its Nurse Heroes for 2014. Last month, the hospital announced the two winners of this year’s annual award as part of Nurses’ Week. Typically, only one person receives the Nurse Hero award for any given year. However, Stephens County Hospital Director of Nursing Faye Taylor said this year, the hospital had an overwhelming number of excellent […]

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