Two Arrested in Franklin Co. Drug Investigation

Two Franklin County residents face charges in connection with a narcotics investigation. This week, the North Georgia Drug Task Force, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Lavonia Police arrested 30-year-old Fabian Q. Johnson of Lavonia and 20-year-old Jawanna O. Brittan of Lavonia for distributing illegal marijuana in Franklin County and the city of Lavonia. Johnson was charged with one count of […]

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Alligator Captured in Banks Crossing

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia It’s not what you expect to see in Banks Crossing. However on Tuesday evening, Banks County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of an alligator sighting. According to Banks County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. Carissa McFaddin, the report came in around 5:30 p.m. McFaddin said that Banks County EMS found the alligator in […]

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Ga. Tourism Up in 2015

State tourism officials said Tuesday that Georgia saw a nearly four percent increase in the number of visitors in 2015. Tuesday, The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division announced that Georgia welcomed an estimated 102.4 million visitors in 2015. That is an increase of 3.7 percent from 2014. Georgia saw highs in other tourism-related areas as well. According to […]

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Toccoa Receives National Main Street Accreditation

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Main Street Toccoa has once again received a designation as a nationally accredited Main Street program. City officials and the National Main Street Center made the announcement on Monday. Toccoa Main Street Director Connie Tabor said that the city is excited to again achieve this recognition. “This is the 17th consecutive year that we have received the designation of the […]

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Toccoa Clinic, NGPG Continue Talks on Formal Alignment

The Toccoa Clinic and Northeast Georgia Physicians Group are continuing to explore opportunities for formal alignment. In recent days, the two groups announced that they have extended their letter of intent to that effect. Northeast Georgia Physicians Group is the multi-specialty physicians group of Northeast Georgia Health System, the parent organization of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. According to officials from […]

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Toccoa Resident Graduates From Peace Officer Training

A future Toccoa Police Officer graduates from the police academy. Adam Shirley of Toccoa recently graduated from the 285th session of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Athens. Shirley participated in the 11 week, 408 hours of basic law enforcement training as required to become a certified peace officer in the state of Georgia. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell […]

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Franklin Co. BOE Passes FY 17 Budget

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County’s Board of Education has passed its Fiscal Year 2017 budget with not as much to spare as in previous years. The school board’s fiscal year begins July 1. The Franklin County Board of Education has opted to cut its millage rate in Fiscal Year 2017 by a half percent to 18.118 mills. […]

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Ga. Ag Commissioner Issues Mosquito Prevention Tips

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is reminding residents about steps to take to prevent and control mosquito problems this summer. Black said that people should take steps to protect skin from mosquito bites at all times of the day by applying an insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. He said people should also consider […]

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