Stephens Co. Commission Meeting Today

Stephens County Commissioners are expected to consider approval of amendments to the county’s timber harvesting ordinance at their meeting later today. The county commission meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. At their last meeting, county commissioners held a first reading and public hearing on the proposed changes to […]

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SCDA Approves Granting Purchase Option

The Stephens County Development Authority gives a local industry the option to purchase an adjacent lot. At its meeting earlier this month, the SCDA board approved a purchase option for Crown Resources for a 7.26-acre lot adjacent to its current location in the Hayestone-Brady Business Park on Hayes-Wilbanks Road, just off the old State Route 17. Stephens County Development Authority […]

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Carlisle Wins Chamber Award

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle got a big surprise recently. He was awarded the “Hank Ty Memorial Good Citizen of the Year” award, which is presented by the Lavonia Chamber of Commerce. Chief Carlisle said the award is a great honor. He said he has some very big shoes to fill from his predecessors […]

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Stephens BOE Chair Speaks on Amendment One

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Stephens County Board of Education Chairman Tony Crunkleton speaks out on the proposed Amendment One on the November ballot. Crunkleton stated his opinion on the proposed Opportunity School District amendment at last Tuesday’s Stephens County Board of Education meeting. “I just want to encourage people to vote ‘no’ against that amendment,” said Crunkleton. “I personally do not feel it is […]

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Toccoa Commission Meets Today

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A brief agenda awaits Toccoa City Commissioners at their scheduled meeting later today. The Toccoa City Commission is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. at Toccoa City Hall. Only two items are listed on the agenda for today’s meeting. First, city commissioners are scheduled to receive a presentation regarding Georgia Gigabit Communities from the Stephens County Development Authority. Second, the […]

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Lavonia Housing Authority Moving Forward, Says Whitworth

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Lavonia Housing Authority Executive Director Ricky Whitworth is thanking residents for their patience and cooperation in the wake of the arrest of the authority’s office manager earlier this month. Former Lavonia Housing Authority Office Manager Sabrina Weaver was arrested October 3 and charged with one count of theft by taking from the Lavonia Housing […]

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NGTC Photography Instructor Wins Award

North Georgia Technical College Photography Instructor Jeff Gulle receives another honor. Gulle was named Photographer of the Year for an unprecedented fourth time at the recent Georgia Professional Photographers Association annual convention and print competition recently held at Jekyll Island. Also, Gulle received ten other awards including the Kodak Gallery Award, Lexjet Sunset Award, American Society of Photographers Award and […]

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Firearms Deer Season Starts Saturday

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Firearms deer season starts on Saturday in Georgia. Last year, over 302,000 hunters harvested nearly 300,000 deer in the state. For hunters going out this year, there is something new they need to keep in mind. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Kevin Lowery said that new program hunters in the state are using is called the “Georgia Game […]

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Rivers Alive Cleanup Saturday

A yearly event taking place this weekend will focus on cleaning up the waterways of Stephens County. The annual “Rivers Alive” clean-up takes place on Saturday in Stephens County from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful Executive Director Linda Scofield said this year, they are focusing on two different areas for their clean-up efforts instead of one. […]

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Drought Conditions Now Extreme in Stephens Co.

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Extreme drought is returning to Stephens County. That is according to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor that came out Thursday. In the past week, almost all of Stephens County, Habersham County, Rabun County, and Banks County, along with the northern half of Franklin County all went from severe to extreme drought. Extreme drought is the second most […]

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