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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Stephens County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Getting Body Cameras

Stephens County Sheriff’s Office deputies are receiving a new piece of equipment. Recently, the Sheriff’s Office issued all patrol deputies body cameras. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said deputies will use the equipment to record contacts between themselves and the public. “It will be activated during all calls for service as well as contacts initiated by deputies, such as traffic […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Meeting Later Today

The Stephens County Board of Education is expected to consider two budget related resolutions at its meeting later today. Today’s regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Mize Road. During the meeting, the school board is expected to consider both a July spending resolution and a […]

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