Stephens Co. Enters New Building Inspections Agreement

Stephens County switches to a new firm to handle its building inspections while the position remains vacant. Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved a contract with Gruber Enterprises of Toccoa to handle building inspector services for the county. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that the contract calls for Gruber Enterprises to provide these services for the county on a part-time […]

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Chamber Sends Out Counterfeit Bill Warning

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce is issuing an alert regarding counterfeit money. In an e-mail sent out on Wednesday, the Chamber said it has received reports that counterfeit $100 bills have been circulating in the Toccoa-Stephens County area. The Chamber said that any business that believes it has received a counterfeit note should contact the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office […]

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Cafe’ Risque Battle Makes Law Review

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The case of the City of Lavonia’s long battle to close a topless bar is now being studied by law students. Recently, the case of  Cafe’ Risque was featured in a white paper and published in the Communications Law Review. Written by Catherine Riley at TexasA&MUniversity, the paper documents how in 2001 the City […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Passes FY 15 Budget

Stephens County Commissioners pass a Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the budget that takes effect July 1. That budget is built based on a 2.85 mill increase in the county’s millage rate, taking that millage rate from 11.32 to 14.17 mills. County Commissioner Stanley London voted against the budget. London said he cannot support a […]

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SCSO Issues Scam Alert

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about a scam reportedly making the rounds in the area. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office has been informed of a potential telephone scam that has turned up in the area. “The scammer’s telephone has routinely shown to be from Idaho and the caller is identified himself as ‘Adam […]

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Investigation Ongoing Into Heavywood Furniture Fire

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said Tuesday that Saturday’s fire at a Stephens County industrial building does not appear to be suspicious. Fire Marshal’s Office Spokesman Glenn Allen said that investigators were at the Heavywood Furniture building off of Industrial Boulevard Monday morning to start trying to determine what caused the blaze. Allen said there is no timeline right now […]

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Stephens BOE To Meet Thursday

The Stephens County Board of Education will continue looking at the school system’s financial picture at a called meeting scheduled for Thursday. A called Stephens County Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday at the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Mize Road. During Thursday morning’s meeting, the school board is expected to again review the […]

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Toccoa-Stephens Co. Humane Shelter Receives Grant

The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter receives a grant to help provide care for animals. Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said the shelter has received a $5,000 grant from the Hart EMC Foundation. Roberts said the grant will help replenish the shelter’s “Joey Fund,” which is designed to provide veterinary care for stray or sick adoptable shelter animals. “It will be used […]

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Lavonia Police Investigating Weekend Burglaries

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Lavonia Police Department is investigating two burglaries authorities believe could be related. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said the first burglary was discovered Monday morning at a cellphone repair shop on Augusta Road. “The first burglary was at Nikki’s Cellphone Repair,” Carlisle said. “An unknown individual or individuals broke the front window and […]

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