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Byargeon Pleads Guilty; Sentenced to 30 Years In Prison

June 18, 2014

A former Stephens County jailer pleads guilty to child molestation and other charges. Bobby Lee Byargeon of Toccoa pleaded guilty last week in Stephens County Superior Court to numerous charges, including child molestation, sexual exploitation of children, and cruelty to children in the first degree. He was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison,...

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Child Molestation Trial Underway in Toccoa

June 18, 2014

A child molestation trial gets underway in Stephens County Superior Court. Opening statements in the trial of Byard Donald Charles started Tuesday morning in Toccoa. That is after jury selection took all day on Monday. Charles is charged with two counts of child molestation, involving someone under the age of 16 years old. The...

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Lavonia Police Chief Warns of Social Security Scam

June 18, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle is warning citizens to aware of a possible Social Security fraud scheme. Carlisle said he was recently notified by the Social Security confirming his online account – but Carlisle said he never set up the account. He said he spoke to a Social...

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Police Blotter

June 18, 2014

The Toccoa Police Department responded to a Poplar Way residence on June 14 in reference to a theft. According to the report on file with police, a woman told police she had a Yamaha guitar that belonged to a friend stolen from the inside of her home. The incident allegedly happened sometime between the...

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Stephens Co. Hospital Receives Finance, Wound Care Center Updates

June 17, 2014

Stephens County Hospital receives some positive financial news for last month. Monday, the Hospital Authority reported a positive bottom line for the month of May during its regular monthly meeting. The hospital reported that May was a busier month, leading to an uptick in revenues. May marks the 2/3rd point in the hospital’s fiscal...

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Stephens County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Getting Body Cameras

June 17, 2014
Stephens County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Getting Body Cameras

Stephens County Sheriff’s Office deputies are receiving a new piece of equipment. Recently, the Sheriff’s Office issued all patrol deputies body cameras. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said deputies will use the equipment to record contacts between themselves and the public. “It will be activated during all calls for service as well as contacts...

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Stephens Co. BOE Meeting Later Today

June 17, 2014

The Stephens County Board of Education is expected to consider two budget related resolutions at its meeting later today. Today’s regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Mize Road. During the meeting, the school board is expected to consider both...

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Stephens Co. Commission Schedules Called Meeting

June 17, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners are holding a special called meeting later today. The county commission is set to meet at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Stephens County Courthouse. During the meeting, the board is expected to consider a motion to enter into an agreement with a broker for health insurance. The topic of health insurance...

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Toccoa Commission To Meet Today

June 17, 2014

Toccoa City Commissioners will meet later today for their second meeting in the month of June. The city commission has moved up by a week its second monthly meeting. City commissioners will meet today at 5 p.m. at Toccoa City Hall. Topping the agenda for today’s meeting are pool-related topics. First, the city commission...

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Ga. DOT Announces Road Work

June 17, 2014

The Georgia Department of Transportation is performing routine maintenance in Stephens and surrounding counties this week. In Stephens County, the DOT said a crew will trim tall grass growing around the guardrail on State Route 17 Alternate. The shoulder will be closed as that work occurs. Moving to Franklin County, a DOT crew will...

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