Stephens Co. To Look At Switching Youth Football Leagues

A local recreation department football coach is asking Stephens County to switch youth football leagues for next season. Efrem Thornton came to Stephens County Commissioners Tuesday to bring up switching from the county’s current league to the North Georgia Youth Football Association, which would include teams from Habersham, Rabun, Banks, and Jackson counties, to name a few. He said as […]

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Solicitor Candidates Appear At Forum

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The candidates for State Court Solicitor of Stephens County square off in a town hall forum. Democratic incumbent Solicitor Willie Woodruff and Republican challenger Ann Pickett both appeared at a town hall on Tuesday at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa sponsored by the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce. Both candidates talked about a number of topics, including […]

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Stephens Co. Considers Changes To Timber Harvesting Ordinance

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Stephens County Commissioners are considering changes to the county’s Timber Harvesting Ordinance. Tuesday, the county commission held a first reading and public hearing on the proposed changes. According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the proposed changes to the county ordinance would just bring it in line with state law. He said those proposed changes include changes to the bonding […]

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Missing Buford Woman Last Seen in Lavonia

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By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Local law enforcement agencies continue to coordinate efforts with authorities in Blue Ridge to find a Buford, Georgia woman missing since Friday. Keith Reed said Tuesday his daughter has not been seen or heard from since Friday night when she tried to contact a friend from her cell phone. At the time, 36-year old […]

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Shirley Collecting Items for Florida Storm Victims

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office is collecting items to help some of those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Shirley said that two of his friends, St. John’s County, Florida Sheriff David Shoar and St. Augustine, Florida Chief of Police Loran Lueders, lost their entire home and contents, as did so many other citizens in that area. The sheriff […]

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Toccoa OKs Selling Water To Banks County

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The city of Toccoa agrees to sell water to Banks County. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved a Water Sales Agreement with Banks County. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said that the agreement sets similar parameters to what commissioners first discussed in August. “We will sell Banks County a minimum of 100,000 gallons a day,” said Morse. “We can provide […]

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Toccoa Police, Fire to Carry Naloxone

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The Toccoa Police and Fire Departments will soon be carrying a drug that can help save someone’s life if they are overdosing on opioids. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved a second reading of a resolution approving the administration of naloxone by the Toccoa Police and Fire Departments. City commissioners approved the first reading of this resolution at their last meeting […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Meeting Today

Stephens County Commissioners will meet this morning for a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and take place in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. First, Stephens County Commissioners will hold two public hearings. According to the agenda, the public hearings are for first readings of an amended timber harvesting […]

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Lavonia Holds Night Out Against Crime

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A great crowd turned out for Lavonia’s Night Out Against Crime Thursday night. There were inflatables and rides for the kids, hot dogs and sodas for everybody, and a chance to see some equipment like a fire truck, ambulance and a life flight helicopter up close. Also, it was a chance to talk to […]

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