Bell Speaks on Recent Ga. Police Shootings

Peace Officers Association of Georgia President and Stephens County Commissioner Dennis Bell is speaking out after two officers were shot and injured in Lavonia this week. Bell, who is also the Police Chief in the Madison County town of Comer, made his comments not only after the Lavonia incident, but also after a week in which six police officers were […]

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Hospital Announces Christmas Card Contest Winner

Stephens County Hospital recognizes a local student for winning its annual Christmas Card contest. Thursday, hospital officials went to Toccoa Elementary School to congratulate 4th grader Luke Duncan on winning this year’s Christmas Card contest. Each year, 4th and 5th graders submit artwork that the hospital chooses from and the winning design is used on the front of the hospital’s […]

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Jarrell Issues Counterfeit Bill Warning

Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell is asking area retailers to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills this holiday season. Jarrell said that the Toccoa Police Department has been receiving several counterfeit bills in denominations of $5 and $20. He said the police department is asking everyone to check money they receive, especially restaurants who deliver. According to Jarrell, most […]

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SCHS Represented In All-Star Football Game Saturday

A number of Stephens County Indian football players will participate in an area all-star game this weekend. The Georgia Mountains Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes is presenting the 2016 East/West High School Football Classic on Saturday at Habersham Central High School’s John Larry Black Stadium. The game will start at 1 p.m. Stephens County will be represented in the game […]

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SCHS Wrestling Notches Win

The Stephens County High School wrestling team evens its record on the season at 3-3 after an exciting come from behind victory on Tuesday night in Hartwell. Stephens County was down 39-24 with three matches remaining before scoring three straight pins to win the dual, 42-39. Cole Simmons, Nikko Beady, and Jay Stowe collected three straight pins in the final […]

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Lavonia Holding Vigil Sunday for Law Enforcement

Throughout the week many have been looking for ways to show their support for the Lavonia police force in the wake of Monday’s shooting. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is planning a candlelight vigil in Lavonia at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.  It has been moved to the Lavonia Elementary School gymnasium because of the threat […]

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Franklin Co. Chase Leads to Wreck, Fatality

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A high-speed chase Wednesday afternoon down Interstate 85 ends with a fatality. Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said it began when his deputies spotted a silver vehicle with Tennessee tags speeding down the Interstate. “The driver of the vehicle refused to stop,” said Thomas. “Deputies activated their blue lights and sirens. The chase began.” […]

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

A traffic stop leads to two drug arrests in Stephens County. It happened last Thursday at about 4:50 a.m. on Big A Road. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said deputies stopped a vehicle for having a suspended registration. Shirley said both the driver and passenger became very nervous and talkative. He added that the driver told the deputy there was […]

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Salvation Army Looking For Donations

The Toccoa-Stephens County branch of the Salvation Army is looking for the community’s help to make the holiday season brighter for some area children. According to Lt. Melody Moran with the Salvation Army in Toccoa, the distribution for the Salvation Army’s local Angel Tree program is coming up on Friday and more donations are needed. She said that 150 children […]

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Arrest Announced in Monday Chase

A foot chase Monday in Stephens County leads to one arrest. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, it started at about 9 a.m. Monday when deputies responded to a vacant home on Georgia Highway 106 near Old Mize Road regarding a burglary in progress. Shirley said that deputies arrived and began questioning a man and woman that were at […]

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