DOT Says 17 Widening Will Take Until Fall to Finish

It will be late Fall at the earliest before the entire Georgia Highway 17 widening project is complete. This week, the Georgia Department of Transportation provided updated projected completion dates for the two phases of the project to make Highway 17 four lanes from the Franklin County line to Memorial Drive in Toccoa. The northern end of the project, between […]

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Hospital Celebrates New Surgeons

Stephens County Hospital celebrates its new general surgeons. On Wednesday, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for the hospital’s general surgery practice, which opened a few months ago. Staffing the practice are Dr. Mark Herndon and Dr. Dearl Birdsong. Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said that they are well-trained general surgeons the hospital is thrilled to have on […]

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Toccoa Announces Plans for Georgia Cities Week

The city of Toccoa will host a special week of activities to celebrate Georgia Cities Week later this month. This year’s theme for Georgia Cities Week is “Go To Town.” Georgia Cities Week, sponsored each year by the Georgia Municipal Association, is designed as an opportunity to showcase and celebrate cities and the services they provide. Special events in Toccoa […]

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Hart EMC Starting on Summer Line Improvement Projects

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Hart EMC is working on two major line improvement projects this summer and one is already underway. In Franklin County, crews have been working along Highway 328, the Gumlog Road, switching out power poles. Hart EMC spokesman Keith Brown said crews are upgrading the power lines to accommodate more customers. “We’re upgrading the due […]

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Indian Baseball Edged By War Eagles

The Stephens County Indians lost to Chestatee Wednesday night in Gainesville, 6 to 5, in a Region 8-AAAA baseball contest. With the games tied going into the bottom of the 5th inning, Chestatee scored two runs on 3 hits to take the lead 5 to 3. Both teams added 1 run each in the 6th inning. But the Indians could […]

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SCHS Tennis Swept By Hart Co.

The Stephens County High School tennis teams lost to area rival Hart County on Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Indians lost by a match score of 4-1. Hannah Pruitt and Kylee Maynard won at #1 doubles. The boys team lost by match score of 3-2. Ben Smith and Brayden Shiflet both won at singles. Stephens County’s next match is the Region […]

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State Health Officials Issue Rabies Warning

State health officials have issued a warning reminding people to be aware of the presence and danger of rabies. A press release from District Two Public Health said that although the occurrence of rabies among humans has declined noticeably over the years, the disease continues among wild animals. District Two Public Health said incidents of animal rabies in the area […]

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Wind Affects Clarkesville Weekend Fire

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The investigation continues to figure out what caused a fire at a Habersham County shopping complex over the weekend. Clarkesville fire crews were called to the Walls Complex, located off of Washington Street in Clarkesville, at 11:47 p.m. Saturday. According to Clarkesville Fire Chief Jerry Palmer, crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire spreading through the 17,000 square foot […]

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