Collins Comments on Ryan Becoming House Speaker

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins has issued a statement on the election of Representative Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. The Hall County Republican joined the rest of the Georgia delegation in voting for Ryan on the House floor Thursday when the Wisconsin representative was elected to replace John Boehner as the House Speaker. Collins said he looks […]

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Downtown Toccoa Art Studio Holds Ribbon Cutting

Officials and community leaders welcome a new business to downtown Toccoa. Master’s Touch Artworks held a Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting on Thursday at its location on Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa. Charles Osborne and his wife, Linda, own Master’s Touch Artworks. He said they have a variety of artwork from many different artists on display. “Everything from fine […]

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Hampton Inn In Lavonia Holds Ribbon Cutting

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A ribbon cutting and celebration officially welcomes a new upscale hotel to Lavonia. “Thank you all for coming to our grand opening today,” owner Riesh Shah told the crowd after the ribbon cutting. “We’ll we’re just proud to be here,” noted Lavonia Mayor Ralph Owens. “We wish you luck. It’s a nice facility.” Lavonia […]

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Rickman Named to Court of Appeals

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Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman is one of three new judges on the Georgia Court of Appeals. Governor Nathan Deal announced Rickman’s appointment, along with two others, on Thursday. These three judgeships are new ones created by the passage of House Bill 279 during the 2015 legislative session. Rickman made it through multiple rounds of interviews, ultimately being […]

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Sheriff Offers Halloween Safety Tips

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Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley is offering some tips to try and ensure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween this weekend. Shirley said there will be a lot of pedestrians out around the county this weekend and he urges people to stay on sidewalks whenever possible and obey all traffic signs. He also urged motorists to be especially alert […]

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Change Clocks, Smoke Alarm Batteries This Weekend

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Daylight saving time ends this weekend, which means it is time to fall back and set those clocks back one hour on Saturday night. However, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said clocks are not the only thing people need to be changing this weekend. Hudgens said that when Georgians change their clocks Saturday night, they should also […]

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Toccoa Costume Parade Set for Friday

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An annual Halloween tradition continues in downtown Toccoa today. The Toccoa Main Street program will host its 25th annual Costume Parade this morning. Pre-school age children between the ages of two and five are invited to attend and area pre-schools will also be participating. Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said that the parade will begin at 10 a.m. with line-up […]

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