Airport Authority Makes Proposal to Foothills Aviation

The Stephens County Airport Authority is still working to settle a dispute with one of its tenants. Foothills Aviation filed an informal Part 13 complaint earlier this year against the airport with the Federal Aviation Administration. That complaint accuses the airport of unjustly discriminating against Foothills Aviation in regards to the Airport Authority not allowing Foothills to continue leasing hangar […]

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GBI Investigating Cornelia Bank Robbery

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s help in identifying the person who robbed a bank in Cornelia Tuesday. According to the GBI, a bank robbery occurred at the Traditions Bank in Cornelia at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities say the robber reportedly entered the bank wearing a Spiderman mask and holding a device, threatening he had a […]

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City, County Announce Government Schedule

The city of Toccoa and Stephens County have their Christmas holiday schedules in place. Both Toccoa City Hall and Stephens County government offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 for Christmas. Also in Stephens County, convenience sites will be closed on Friday, December 25 and will re-open on Saturday, December 26 on their normal hours. […]

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NORAD Ready to Track Santa

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, is getting ready for Santa to arrive Thursday night. Starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, people can go to www.noradsanta.org and watch Santa make preparations for his flight and NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations. Then starting at 6 a.m., trackers can […]

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Hellenga Selected as Toccoa Mayor

Toccoa Vice-Mayor Evan Hellenga will slide over into the mayor’s chair in 2016. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners voted unanimously for Hellenga to take over as Mayor for the next 12 months starting on January 1. Toccoa’s commissioners traditionally rotate the mayor’s seat among themselves on a yearly basis. Hellenga replaces Terry Carter, who served as Mayor in 2015. He said […]

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Gambrell Attends Last Hospital Authority Meeting As Administrator

Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell attends his final Hospital Authority meeting as Administrator. The authority met Monday night and for Gambrell, it was the last meeting for him before his retirement at the end of the month. As the longest-tenured hospital administrator in Georgia, Gambrell has attended hundreds of authority meetings. He said it is amazing how time has […]

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Schaefer Center on National Register

A building that has served as a downtown Toccoa landmark for generations receives national recognition. Toccoa’s Schaefer Center has officially been added to the National Register of Historic Places. City and state officials made the announcement in the last few days. The National Register of Historic Places is the country’s official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts […]

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DOT Suspends Lane Closures for Christmas Holiday

The Georgia Department of Transportation is trying to help clear a path for travelers on the state’s highways over the Christmas holiday. DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said that all scheduled and ongoing construction-related lane closures on Georgia highways will be suspended from 5 a.m. Wednesday through 10 p.m. Sunday. “We want you to know that we will be out of […]

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Lavonia Elementary Gets State Award

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A Franklin County school receives a special designation. Lavonia Elementary School has been chosen as a Title I Highest Progress Reward School based on its achievement scores in 2013-14. Title I schools are designated by the State as schools with higher than average poverty levels and are eligible for free, federally funded school breakfasts […]

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