Lavonia Gets New Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The City of Lavonia has a new fire chief and assistant fire chief. At its meeting Monday evening, the Lavonia City Council unanimously approved the appointments of Scott O’Barr as the new Lavonia Fire Chief and Shane Bentley as the Assistant Fire Chief. O’Barr replaces Bob White who retired after 23 years of service. […]

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Stephens Co. Looks At Building Permit and Inspection Fees

Stephens County will continue to look at its building permit fees. County commissioners discussed the current fee schedule on Tuesday. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that Stephens County’s fees are very competitive. “We are pretty much the lowest around us,” said Ayers. For example, a 4272 square foot commercial building permit total cost in Stephens County is $1,095.20. White […]

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Stephens Co. To Purchase Bucket Truck, Chipper

Stephens County will purchase a bucket truck and chipper to help the Public Works Department remove or trim back trees more efficiently. Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of a used bucket truck and a used chipper in the total amount of $70,000. The county is using SPLOST V money to make the purchase. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers […]

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Toccoa Little League Update

The Toccoa 11 and 12 year old baseball All-Stars are out of the district tournament. Toccoa lost to Habersham 7-3 Tuesday night at the Doyle Street Park in an elimination game. Blaze Haddock had a double and a run scored for Toccoa, while Chubba Roush added an RBI single. With the win, Habersham moves on in the elimination bracket Tonight, […]

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Lavonia Police Receive State Certification

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Lavonia Police Department is state certified again after recently receiving its third State Certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said state certification means his department and officers hold to the highest standards of law enforcement. “State Certification is a program Georgia law enforcement agencies may […]

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Toccoa-Stephens Co. Humane Shelter Director Receives Six Month Contract Extension

The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter Board votes to extend the contract of Shelter Director Jeff Roberts for another six months. Board members approved that by a unanimous vote at their meeting Monday. Roberts’ original one-year contract was set to expire on August 1. Shelter Board Chair Stanley London said the six-month extension gives the board further time to evaluate Roberts […]

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Animal Shelter Followed Policy in Adopting Out Dogs Turned in by Man’s Friends, Says Board Chair

A man whose friends took his dogs to the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter while he was out of town will not get them back after they have been adopted to new homes. The shelter board announced that decision had been made on Monday. Last month, Thomas Powell spoke before Stephens County Commissioners and the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter. He said […]

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Main Street Toccoa Receives National Accreditation

Main Street Toccoa again receives national accreditation. Last month, Main Street Toccoa was designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for the 15th year. Main Street Toccoa Director Connie Tabor said it is an honor to receive the recognition again this year. “We are excited to receive the accreditation for the 15th year in a row and it is […]

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