State Marks National Fire Prevention Week

This week is National Fire Prevention Week and Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens wants to encourage everyone to observe the theme of, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” A recent survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Agency revealed that only a small percentage of people know exactly how old their […]

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Toccoa Renews Employee Health Insurance

Toccoa city employees will see an increase in the amount they pay for health insurance next year, though the city will still cover the same percentage of premium costs. On Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners approved the employee health insurance renewal for 2017 based on recommendations from staff. The city will keep current Blue Cross-Blue Shield coverage with the Georgia Municipal […]

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GDOT Awards Re-Surfacing Projects

A re-surfacing project on State Route 106 in Stephens and Franklin counties gets the go-ahead to move forward. Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced that it has awarded a bid for just under 10 miles of re-surfacing along State Route 106 to Colditz Trucking of Blairsville for about $2.684 million. Re-surfacing is slated to take place on State Route […]

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Stephens Co. To Look At Switching Youth Football Leagues

A local recreation department football coach is asking Stephens County to switch youth football leagues for next season. Efrem Thornton came to Stephens County Commissioners Tuesday to bring up switching from the county’s current league to the North Georgia Youth Football Association, which would include teams from Habersham, Rabun, Banks, and Jackson counties, to name a few. He said as […]

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SCMS Starts Football Playoffs Today

The Stephens County Middle School football team will be on the road today for a playoff game. Later today, the Rebels will travel to face Hart County in the first round of the NEGIAA playoffs. Hart County is the second seed in the tournament and Stephens County is the third seed. Today’s game between Hart County and Stephens County Middle […]

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Solicitor Candidates Appear At Forum

The candidates for State Court Solicitor of Stephens County square off in a town hall forum. Democratic incumbent Solicitor Willie Woodruff and Republican challenger Ann Pickett both appeared at a town hall on Tuesday at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa sponsored by the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce. Both candidates talked about a number of topics, including […]

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Stephens Co. Considers Changes To Timber Harvesting Ordinance

Stephens County Commissioners are considering changes to the county’s Timber Harvesting Ordinance. Tuesday, the county commission held a first reading and public hearing on the proposed changes. According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the proposed changes to the county ordinance would just bring it in line with state law. He said those proposed changes include changes to the bonding […]

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Missing Buford Woman Last Seen in Lavonia

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Local law enforcement agencies continue to coordinate efforts with authorities in Blue Ridge to find a Buford, Georgia woman missing since Friday. Keith Reed said Tuesday his daughter has not been seen or heard from since Friday night when she tried to contact a friend from her cell phone. At the time, 36-year old […]

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Shirley Collecting Items for Florida Storm Victims

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office is collecting items to help some of those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Shirley said that two of his friends, St. John’s County, Florida Sheriff David Shoar and St. Augustine, Florida Chief of Police Loran Lueders, lost their entire home and contents, as did so many other citizens in that area. The sheriff […]

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