Patel Accepted to West Point

A second graduating student at Stephens County High School is headed to a U.S. Military Service Academy. 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins said that Nikhil Patel has received a fully qualified offer of admission to attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point as part of the Class of 2021. Congressman Collins nominated Patel for admission this year. He […]

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Toccoa Commission To Meet Today

Toccoa City Commissioners will hold a regularly scheduled meeting later today. The city commission will meet at 5 p.m. at Toccoa City Hall. During today’s meeting, the city commission is expected to consider a motion to use KCI Engineers Services to apply for 2017 LMIG Off-System Safety Funds. City commissioners are also expected to consider a motion to authorize surplus […]

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St. Mary’s Health Care Names New President

By Charles Robertson, WLHR Radio, Lavonia St. Mary’s Health Care System names a new President. Late last week, St. Mary’s Health Care announced that Montez Carter, President of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital and Vice President of Operations for St. Mary’s Health Care System, has now been named President of St. Mary’s Hospital. Carter, who grew up in Mississippi and […]

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County Seeks Input on Local Channels

Stephens and surrounding counties are continuing to work to try to get access for local residents to Atlanta local TV stations on satellite TV, rather than stations from South Carolina. The STELAR Act of 2014 opened the door for local governments to request satellite market modifications for their communities and the Federal Communications Commission adopted and finalized the rules for […]

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Spring Forward This Weekend

Daylight saving time begins this weekend. That means it is time to move those clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night since daylight saving time begins on Sunday at 2 a.m. Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said changing clocks is not the only thing people should do this weekend. Hudgens said when changing the […]

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Traffic Stop Leads to Fugitive Arrest

A South Carolina man is custody in Stephens County after being arrested in Oconee County. 39-year-old Jeremy Stephen Black of Westminster, South Carolina was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle on February 11 following a traffic stop on Wells Highway by the Oconee County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office. A passenger in the vehicle, 44-year-old Brantley Keith Black of Westminster, […]

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Pedestrian Hit in Lavonia Last Weekend

By Charles Robertson, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A pedestrian was struck and injured in Lavonia last weekend. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said it happened Sunday evening. Carlisle said there were some ladies walking home from church Sunday evening, and as they approached the intersection of Burton St. and Augusta Rd., a vehicle was there and stopped and they proceeded across […]

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Authorities Investigating Vehicle Break-Ins

Local law enforcement agencies are reporting a series of vehicle break-ins in part of Stephens County. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said that his department has received several calls from one particular area of Toccoa over the last couple of days. “Over the past few days, the police department has received numerous complaints about vehicles that have been broken into […]

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Emoji Ball Python Picture Goes Viral

A Toccoa man is going viral for an unusual snake that he has bred. Justin Kobylka has been breeding and working with ball pythons for about 13 years. Just recently, his photo of a ball python that is orange and white with emoji-looking smiley face designs on it has gone viral. Kobylka said that despite reports to the contrary, the […]

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