Cops and Kids Deemed a Success

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Some local children will have a happier Christmas this year, thanks to help from the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. Earlier this month, officers with Chapter 105 of the Northeast Georgia Fraternal Order of Police took children from several Northeast Georgia counties shopping for gifts at the Toccoa Wal-mart as part […]

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Officer Schulman Returns Home

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Wounded Lavonia Police Captain Michael Schulman is home for Christmas. A line of Lavonia Police officers, Sheriff’s deputies and law enforcement from several Northeast Georgia agencies saluted Schulman Tuesday as he was released from the hospital in Greenville. Late Tuesday morning, a procession of dozens of law enforcement vehicles escorted the ambulance that brought […]

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Tax Season to Start Jan. 23

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the date that tax season will officially begin. According to the IRS, it will begin accepting tax returns on January 23, 2017. IRS Spokesman Mark Green said that when going to file their taxes next month, people should make sure to have last year’s return with them. Green cautioned taxpayers that there is not […]

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SCHS Students Nominated For West Point

Two Stephens County High School students are in the running to receive an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. It was announced this week that A.J. Howard and Nikhil Patel were nominated by 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins to attend West Point. Many high school students in the 9th District apply each year to attend a […]

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Stephens Co. to Join New Youth Football League

Stephens County will join a new league for its Recreation Department football next season. Earlier this month, the North Georgia Youth Football Association voted to accept Stephens County and Franklin County for next season. Stephens County Recreation Director Richard Adams updated county commissioners on the switch at their meeting on December 13. He said he is pleased with how everything […]

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Lavonia Man Earns State Board Re-Appointment

A Franklin County resident receives a re-appointment to a state board. This month, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal re-appointed Dr. Reid Lawson to the State Board of Physical Therapy. Lawson is the rehabilitation manager at St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. Lawson earned a bachelor’s […]

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Hudgens Unveils Lost Life Insurance Locator

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has partnered with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to announce a free service that will help Georgia consumers in their search to locate a deceased love one’s unclaimed life insurance benefits. The NAIC’s Life Insurance Policy Locator provides nationwide access for assistance with finding life insurance policies and annuities. An estimated $1 billion in […]

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Jamieson To Serve As Toccoa Mayor in 2017

A long-time local politician will officially take the mayoral reins in Toccoa in 2017. Jeanette Jamieson was unanimously chosen by her fellow Toccoa City Commissioners to serve as Mayor for the next calendar year at Monday’s meeting. Jamieson, a former State Representative and Stephens County Commissioner, is currently in her first term on the city commission. This past year, she […]

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Hellenga Looks Back at 2016

With Jamieson starting as Mayor in January, outgoing Mayor Evan Hellenga is wrapping up his year leading the commission. Hellenga chaired his final commission meeting of the year as Mayor on Monday. He said serving in the mayor’s seat for the past year was an honor and a privilege. “From the first moment I walked in this room and looked […]

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