Stephens Co. Reaches Severe Drought Status

Drought conditions continue to worsen in Stephens County and northeast Georgia. According to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, which was released on Thursday, Stephens County has progressed from “moderate drought” into “severe drought.” Banks, Franklin, and a small part of Habersham County are also in “severe drought,” as is much of Rabun County and Oconee County, South […]

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Toccoa Unveils Ping’s Grill

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The city of Toccoa unveils its latest addition to the golf course. Officials from the city and region gathered at the Links at Lake Toccoa Thursday to cut the ribbon on the new Ping’s Grill at Lake Toccoa. Located in the pro shop building, Ping’s Grill offers hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, appetizers, and more. Toccoa Mayor Evan Hellenga said they […]

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Toccoa Police Release Details on Sunday Wreck

Toccoa Police said a wreck last weekend left two people injured. It occurred at about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Georgia Highway 145 and Collier Road. According to the report released by Toccoa Police, a 2011 Ford Ranger driven by Dwayne Harlan Garmon of Toccoa was traveling east on Collier Extension while a 1999 Isuzu Amigo driven by Jeremiah […]

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AAA Urges Teen Drivers to Stay Safe This Summer

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers are underway. According to AAA, the “100 deadliest days” is the period when teen vehicle crash deaths historically climb. Matt Nasworthy is the Traffic Safety Consultant with AAA. “Crashes for teen drivers increase significantly during the summer months because teens drive more during this time of year. […]

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Little League Tournaments Starting This Weekend

District 7 Little League baseball and softball tournaments gear back up this weekend. Two tournaments start on Saturday and Toccoa Little League will have teams entered in both of them. The 9-and-10-year old baseball and 10-and-11-year old baseball tournaments are starting Saturday at the Habersham County Little League Complex in Clarkesville. Both Toccoa teams will be in action on the […]

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SCSO Charges Man With Damaging Property

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A Franklin County man faces charges in Stephens County after allegedly damaging a commercial property. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies responded to a local business on June 14 in reference to a report that someone had damaged new landscaping that had been completed. “Approximately $3,000 worth of damage had been done to the landscaping,” said Shirley. “During […]

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Dorsey Provides Update on School System Audits


The Stephens County school system hopes to soon have at least one of its past due audits from state auditors. School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey updated the Stephens County Board of Education on both the Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 audits at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Dorsey said he does not expect it to take too much longer to […]

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No Move Yet on Ledford Vacancy on Stephens Co. BOE

The Stephens County Board of Education has yet to move forward on filling the seat left vacant by the resignation last month of Jim Ledford. School board members did not discuss the matter Tuesday. According to Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey, the Board of Education has yet to receive notice from the governor that he has accepted the resignations […]

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Northern Circuit DA Campaign Violation Allegation

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White faces a felony charge after an alleged campaign violation. Last Friday, Senior Superior Court Judge Robert Struble ruled regarding allegations White illegally obtained the political endorsement of Hartwell Police Chief Anthony Davis in his bid for re-election. On Friday, Judge Struble issued a written ruling in which […]

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Collins Bill Becomes Law

A bill authored by 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins goes into law after President Barack Obama signed it Wednesday. Collins was the author of House Resolution 2137, the Federal Law Enforcement Self Defense and Protection Act. This bill authorizes a federal law enforcement officer to carry a government-issued firearm during a covered furlough, such as a planned event during […]

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