County Commission Extends Sign Moratorium Coverage Area

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Stephens County Commissioners vote to extend the sign moratorium currently in place for the Georgia Highway 17 corridor throughout the entire unincorporated portion of the county for billboards. The county commission did that on Tuesday by a 4-1 vote. The moratoriums are in place while work continues on a sign ordinance for Stephens County Commissioners to consider. County Commission Chair […]

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Franklin Co. Election Results

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Voters in Franklin County turned out in record numbers this election. Of the 13,000 registered voters in the County, over 8,500 voters cast ballots or 65.60 percent. As expected, Franklin County voters overwhelmingly went with Donald Trump as their choice for the 45th President of the United States. According to the unofficial results with […]

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Local Residents Graduate Economic Development Academy

Two local residents are among the latest graduates of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Last week, the Board recognized Jeremy Spradlin and Christian Hamilton as Stephens County graduates from this year’s Region 2 Multi-Day Training Program. The Academy’s multi-day program, taught one day a month over a four-month period, includes training in the basics of economic and community development, […]

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Election Results for Stephens Co.

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Current Stephens Co. results only (absentee by mail ballots and early in-person votes) President Donald Trump – 7682 Hillary Clinton – 1835 Gary Johnson – 243 U.S. Senate Johnny Isakson – 7281 Jim Barksdale – 1546 Allen Buckley – 346 Public Service Commission (Echols) Tim Echols – 7719 Eric Hoskins – 1288 State Court Solicitor Ann Pickett – 6101 Willie Woodruff – 3471 Constitutional Amendment #1 […]

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Election Day Is Today

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Today is Election Day and Stephens County is joining the rest of the nation in heading to the polls. Stephens County Registrar Bill Cochran said polls will open this morning for voters at the Stephens County Senior Center on Rose Lane for what he expects to be a very busy day. Polls at the Senior Center are open from 7 […]

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Statewide Results Released for “Operation Watchful Eye”

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The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association has released statewide numbers for “Operation Watchful Eye.” The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office participated in this operation, which went from October 24 to October 31, and was designed to conduct residence verifications and compliance checks of registered sex offenders leading up to Halloween. According to numbers from the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, 92 sex offenders were arrested […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Meeting This Morning

Stephens County Commissioners will meet this morning for a regularly scheduled meeting. The county commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the second floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. County commissioners will begin with two public hearings. One is for an alcohol license. The other is the first reading of a proposed court fee ordinance. […]

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Concert Tonight in Toccoa

Main Street Toccoa will host a special concert tonight at the Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa. The concert will be a performance by tenor Rodrigo Garciarroyo. According to Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby, helping to put on the concert is the Piatigorsky Foundation. “They provide classical musicians and send them around the country to […]

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Watch Out for Deer-Car Collisions

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Georgia wildlife officials are urging people to be on the lookout for deer when driving this Fall. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, this is a peak time for deer activity and movement, which makes it also a peak time for deer-car collisions. State Deer Biologist Charlie Killmaster said there are two main reasons drivers may see more […]

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