Stephens Co. Still Seeing Exceptional Drought

Drought conditions are improving slightly in parts of northeast Georgia after recent rains, but Stephens County remains in exceptional drought. According to the latest drought monitor that was released on Thursday, essentially all of Stephens County remained in exceptional drought, which is the most severe category on the drought monitor. There is a very small sliver of Stephens County along […]

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Franklin Co. Commissioner Arrested

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County Commissioner David Strickland of Lavonia has been indicted on two felony counts in connection with the purchase of property in Canon. The indictments were handed down Monday by the Franklin County Grand Jury. Afterward, a judge issued a bench warrant on behalf of the grand jury for the 56-year-old Strickland. Strickland was […]

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AAA Study Shows Dangers of Drowsy Driving

For many, the holiday season means a lot of travel. As holiday travel picks up, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has an important warning. A study from the foundation says that drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash. AAA Spokesperson […]

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Hudgens Offers Home Heating Safety Tips

With cold weather having arrived, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens wants to remind Georgians of some heating tips to help keep their homes and families safe this winter. Those tips include keeping portable space heaters, open fireplaces, and wood stoves away from curtains, draperies, and other flammable material; making sure heaters have adequate ventilation and always following the […]

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Piedmont College To Hold Commencement

Piedmont College will hold Commencement ceremonies this weekend. Commencement at the Habersham County college will be at 10 a.m., Saturday in the Johnny Mize Athletic Center at the campus in Demorest. Piedmont College President James F. Mellichamp and Board Chairman Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III will present diplomas to 221 students who are recipients of the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor […]

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Stephens Co. Lifts Outdoor Burn Ban

Stephens County lifts its outdoor burn ban. County Commissioners voted unanimously to rescind the burn ban at a called meeting on Wednesday. The ban on all outdoor burning was passed back by county commissioners and Toccoa City Commissioners last month due to the drought and extremely dry conditions at the time. Since then, downtown Toccoa had received nearly five inches […]

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Georgia Marks Winter Weather Preparedness Week

As the coldest weather of the season so far arrives, Georgia is marking Winter Weather Preparedness Week this week. With that, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is urging people to get ready for winter with its “Ready Georgia” campaign. Catherine Howden is a spokesperson for the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. She said the most […]

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GDOT: Turn Off Sprinkler Systems Overnight

With overnight temperatures headed below freezing over the next couple of days, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to issue an important reminder to those who have sprinkler systems. “If they have the automatic timers on them, that can create some avoidable problems,” said Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Katie Strickland. “If there is any way that you can turn […]

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