Demorest Man Re-Appointed to Ga. Ports Authority

A Habersham County man receives a re-appointment to the Georgia Ports Authority. Last week, Governor Nathan Deal re-appointed Kenneth Cronan of Demorest to the Georgia Ports Authority. Cronan is the founder and president of Gainesville Waste and Recycling and the founder of Georgia Recovery Services and Gainesville Salvage Disposal. He previously worked for the Xerox Corporation and the Georgia Department […]

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Main Street Toccoa Releases New App

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When it comes to downtown Toccoa, there’s now an app for that. Main Street Toccoa has finished the design and implementation of a Main Street Toccoa app for mobile devices. Toccoa Community Development Specialist Christian Hamilton said the app allows for easy access to all sorts of information about downtown. “Whether it be businesses, new businesses or current businesses, events, […]

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Unemployment Drops in Stephens Co. For May

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Preliminary May figures from the Georgia Department of Labor show another drop in the unemployment rate for Stephens County. According to the Labor Department numbers, Stephens County had a preliminary May unemployment rate of 5.3 percent. That is one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the revised April rate of 5.4 percent and a full 1.5 percentage points lower than […]

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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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