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Former Toccoa Manager Mike Jackson Responds to Firing

September 5, 2013

Former Toccoa City Manager Mike Jackson is responding to getting fired by city commissioners Tuesday. Jackson said it saddens him that the commission chose this route. “It is sad that two commissioners, who are not going to be here in four months, have basically caused this to happen and the remaining commissioners went along...

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Some Commissioners Responding to Jackson Comments

September 5, 2013

Some city commissioners are responding to some of what Jackson has said regarding his termination. Toccoa City Commissioner Gail Fry said it was a decision made by the commissioners after a lot of consideration. “I would like to say that the decision to terminate the contract of Mr. Jackson was a unanimous decision on...

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Identity of Weekend Accident Fatality Released

September 5, 2013

Authorities have released the name of the person killed in a fatal accident over the weekend in Toccoa. According to Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell, the accident occurred at 10:20 a.m. Saturday in the Wal-Mart parking lot, near the Verizon retailer. Jarrell said a 2011 Kia Optima driven by 67-year-old Patricia Wheeler Smith of...

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Franklin Co. To Give Water Tank to Danielsville

September 5, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County plans to give at least one of two aging water tanks to the City of Danielsville in Madison County. At their recent work session, the board heard from Danielsville Mayor Todd Higdon who said the city is in need of extra storage capacity because of an...

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Toccoa Commissioners Fire Mike Jackson, Former City Manager Morse in Line to Return

September 4, 2013

Toccoa City Commissioners fire City Manager Mike Jackson and are looking to the past for his replacement. At a special called meeting this morning, city commissioners unanimously voted to terminate Jackson as city manager and announced the commission would vote on hiring former Toccoa City Manager, and current Franklin County Manager, Billy Morse, at...

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Morse “Interested” in Toccoa Job, No Final Decision Yet

September 4, 2013

Franklin County Manager Billy Morse said Tuesday he has not made any decision about coming back to his old job as City Manager of Toccoa, but adds he is considering it. Morse confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Toccoa City Commissioners had reached out to him. “We are talking at this point in time,” said Morse. ...

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Local Church Holding First Responder Appreciation Event

September 4, 2013

A local church is holding an event next week on September 11 to show appreciation for the emergency personnel and law enforcement of Toccoa and Stephens County. The Pointe Church is holding a meal and recognition event next Wednesday in honor of the Sheriff’s Office, Toccoa Police Department, EMS, Stephens County Rescue Unit, Toccoa...

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Martin Baptist Church Hosting Food Distribution Today

September 4, 2013

A food giveaway will take place later today in Martin. The Martin Baptist Church, in partnership with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, will distribute free food to all qualifying residents of the Martin area of Stephens and Franklin Counties today from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the church’s gymnasium. Organizers said the...

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Rep. Collins Holding Military Academy Day

September 4, 2013

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins’ office will hold a Military Academy Day this Saturday. The event is designed for high school students interested in applying to the United States military academies. According to the Congreessman’s office, Collins will be on hand, along with local military academy graduates to meet with students and discuss...

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Windstream Explains Recent Issues With Some Phone Service

September 4, 2013

Officials with Windstream said Tuesday two different issues caused problems with some phone service in StephensCounty and the surrounding area in recent days. According to a company spokesman, an initial interruption of long-distance service was traced to a defective piece of equipment, which the company says it replaced. However, the company said at that...

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