Lavonia Starting Brick Program to Honor Veterans

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The city of Lavonia is undertaking a new project aimed at honoring veterans and current servicemen and women. Vivian Young is organizing the effort at the Lavonia Welcome Center. She said the city is putting together a Veterans Memorial Brick Project at the Gazebo on Main Street in downtown Lavonia. “The mayor, along with […]

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Ga. Travel Sales Up, Says AAA

A recent survey from AAA shows that travel is expected to increase in Georgia and around the country this year. AAA Georgia Public Affairs Director Garrett Townsend said that the agency is seeing a major jump in travel sales in Georgia this year when compared to last year. “In Georgia, travel sales are up 27 percent year over year in […]

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Gov. Deal Highlights Tourism Industry In Recent Event

A recent event at the State Capitol recognizes tourism’s impact on Georgia. Last month, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was joined by leaders from Georgia’s tourism industry for the annual Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol to recognize the $59 billion impact of tourism on Georgia’s economy. As part of the event, representatives from the tourism industry presented Deal […]

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Stephens Co. Planning Commission Recommends Approving Poultry Farm Request

The Stephens County Planning Commission is recommending that a proposed poultry farm on Freeman Creek Road be allowed to move forward. Tuesday, planning commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the county re-zone the property Agriculture Intensive to allow property owner William Hutto to put the chicken houses on his 107-plus acres. Hutto told the Planning Commission he had adjusted his […]

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DOT Unveils CHAMP Crews on I-85

A new program on Interstate 85 in northeast Georgia is designed to help both motorists and the Georgia Department of Transportation. The Coordinated Highway and Maintenance Program, or CHAMP, launched this week in the northeast district for the Georgia DOT along I-85. Georgia DOT Spokesperson Katie Strickland said that CHAMP is similar to the already existing HERO program in metro […]

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Drought Disaster Loans Available

Small businesses affected by the drought that started last Summer can now apply for federal economic injury disaster loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration said small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations must file by March 6 for federal economic injury disaster loans in Georgia as a result of drought that began […]

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DOL Hosting Job Recruitment in Habersham Co.

A Habersham County company is looking to fill positions at its facility. Magnolia Windows and Doors will be recruiting a dozen workers next week for its manufacturing facility in Baldwin.  The company produces custom-made windows and doors. The recruitment will be held on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Georgia Department of Labor’s Habersham Career Center, located […]

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Poultry Proposal Goes to Stephens Co. Planning Commission Tonight

The Stephens County Planning Commission will consider making a recommendation on plans to add poultry houses to a Freeman Creek Road property in Stephens County at its meeting tonight. A property owner at 140 Freeman Creek Road has submitted a re-zoning and variance request to switch the 107-acre tract from Agricultural Residential to Agriculture Intensive to put broiler houses on […]

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Spring Branch Boat Ramp To Temporarily Close

A Stephens County boat ramp is shutting down this week for maintenance work that is expected to take the rest of the month. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Project Office announced Monday it will temporarily close the Spring Branch Access Area in Stephens County starting on Wednesday. Corps officials said the closure will let crews make […]

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Additional Energy Assistance Funds Available

A local agency said it has received additional heating assistance funds from the state. Ninth District Opportunity said that Georgia has given Stephens County more heating assistance funds so anyone who has not had an appointment since last November should call 1-855-636-3108 to schedule an appointment for assistance. The agency went on to say that if there is a crisis […]

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