Hail, Wind Reported in Stephens Co. After Storm

Strong storms bring hail and wind reports in parts of Stephens County. According to information from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, golfball size hail was reported on Shorewood Circle in Stephens County at 8:42 p.m. Tuesday. At that same time, reports indicate that many power poles were also blown down on Shorewood Circle. As of this morning, neither […]

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Former Piedmont ADA Responds to Theft Charges

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Former Piedmont Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Sam Skelton says he is looking forward to telling his side of the story regarding his arrest last week on theft by taking charges. Last Thursday, a Banks County Grand Jury indicted Skelton on 33 counts of theft by taking. He turned himself in to the Banks […]

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Collins Speaks Out Against Net Neutrality

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins is speaking out against a ruling by a federal appeals court regarding net neutrality. Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s “net neutrality” rules, which would require Internet providers to treat all web traffic equally and would keep online content from being blocked or channeled into fast and slow lanes. Collins […]

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City Gives Mid-Year Report

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Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse gives a mid-year report. At Monday’s meeting, Morse updated Toccoa City Commissioners on where the city stood halfway through the year on meeting the commission’s goals for 2016. Morse said that the city has made progress in a number of areas. He said one of those areas is beautification. “Progress has been made on Currahee […]

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Stephens Co. Readying for Run-off

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Preparations are underway for Stephens County to head back to the polls next month for a run-off election. County voters will decide a run-off election in July for the Post 2 seat on the Stephens County Commission between incumbent Debbie Whitlock and challenger Kenny Yearwood. Stephens County Registrar Bill Cochran said he will start getting the voting machines ready this […]

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Stephens County Commission Meeting Today

Stephens County Commissioners will hold the first public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget today. That public hearing is set to start at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. The total Fiscal Year 2017 proposed general fund budget for Stephens County is just under $13.6 million, which is 1 […]

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Corps Watching Lake Levels As Dry Weather Persists

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District said it is expecting a near normal season on reservoir lakes, despite lower-than-average rainfall. Numbers show that the last three months of 2015 brought with it a surge of precipitation that exceeded normal rainfall by more than 200 percent across the upper Savannah River Basin. At […]

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Historic Plaques Installed At City Golf Course

The city of Toccoa installs three special historic plaques at the Links at Toccoa to honor Camp Toccoa. City officials installed the plaques shortly before the D-Day Banquet on June 3, held at the Links golf course. According to the city of Toccoa, the first plaque honors the history of the Camp Toccoa building located at the Links itself. Meanwhile, […]

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BOE Sets Dates For Interviews On Vacancy


The Stephens County Board of Education will interview candidates for one of its two vacant seats next month. Last week, Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey announced that a called meeting of the school board had been set for Thursday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m. to interview candidates for the seat left vacant by the resignation of Jeff Webb from […]

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Nifco KTW Project Recognized Again

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Stephens County and Nifco KTW receive yet another recognition from a national publication. Area Development magazine recently honored Georgia with a “Silver Shovel” award for economic development for states its size. As part of that, the magazine listed the Nifco KTW project in Stephens County as one of the top 10 projects in Georgia last year. According to Stephens County […]

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