Full Afternoon Planned for Toccoa City Commission

Toccoa City Commissioners have a busy day planned today. The city commission meets for a planning session, work session, and regular meeting later today. First, Toccoa City Commissioners are meeting for a planning session with the city’s Downtown Development Authority at 1:30 p.m. During the planning session, the DDA and Toccoa City Commissioners are expected to discuss the goals for […]

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Banks Co. Gets Economic Development Announcement

A global company in the food industry is investing millions of dollars and creating tens of new jobs in northeast Georgia. Last week, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced that Diana Food, a global provider of natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry, will create more than 80 new jobs and invest $50 million in a food processing, manufacturing and […]

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Sidewalk Work Underway in Lavonia

By Charles Robertson, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The city of Lavonia continues to work on its sidewalk streetscape project. There have been road cones and workers throughout the downtown area of Lavonia this past week. Lavonia City Manager Charles Cawthon said it is for a project that started back in 2012. “This is the continuation of the T-project,” said Cawthon. “This […]

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Toccoa Holds Main Street Awards

An annual event brings out city and community leaders to recognize a year of improvements in downtown Toccoa. Thursday, the Toccoa Main Street Program hosted its annual Main Street Awards ceremony at the historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa. The Main Street program handed out awards to six different individuals, organizations, or businesses. Toccoa Main Street […]

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December Unemployment Figures Out

Preliminary numbers from the Georgia Labor Department show that Stephens County ended the year with a slight uptick in unemployment. According to numbers released Thursday, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in December. That is up two-tenths of a percentage point from November’s 5.6 percent and one-tenth of a percentage point from the December 2015 rate […]

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Drought Conditions Improve in NE Ga.

Recent rains are continuing to help improve the drought situation in Stephens County and throughout northeast Georgia. The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor that was issued on Thursday shows that drought conditions in Stephens County have lessened to “severe drought.” That is a step down from “extreme drought,” which is where Stephens County was last week. Much of […]

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Loring Wins NGTC Rick Perkins Award

North Georgia Technical College announces its winner for an annual teaching award. The school recently announced photography instructor Jim Loring of Clayton as the winner of the 2017 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction. The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college […]

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Jarrell Helping Mt. Airy

Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell will be pulling some double duty for the coming weeks. Jarrell says he has agreed to assist the town of Mt. Airy part-time as its Interim Police Chief, while also continuing on in Toccoa as Police Chief full-time. According to accessnorthga.com, Mt. Airy’s current police chief has been placed on administrative leave pending an outcome […]

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Stephens Co. Names STAR Student, Teacher

Stephens County names its STAR student. This week, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce announced that Ian Douglas Allen, a senior at Stephens County High School, is this year’s STAR student. Allen is the son of Doug and Darla Allen of Toccoa. He said he is excited to receive this year’s honor. “I was hoping for it,” said Allen. “I […]

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