Toccoa McDonald’s Holds Ribbon Cutting

McDonald’s of Toccoa is celebrating its grand re-opening of its main dining room. As part of that celebration, the restaurant held a Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting on Tuesday afternoon to unveil the re-modeling work that was done. More than a year ago, McDonald’s in Toccoa renovated its drive-thru to add a second lane for orders. Toccoa McDonald’s Owner […]

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New Mural Going Up in Downtown Hartwell

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A new mural is about to be completed in downtown Hartwell. The mural on the side of a building on Forest Avenue at the intersection with Franklin Street in Hartwell should be completed sometime this week. Hartwell Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Henley Cleary said the artist is Lorie Sholtus of Douglasville. Cleary said […]

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Seven Apply For BOE Vacancy

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The Stephens County Board of Education has seven names on the list to choose from to fill one of its two currently vacant seats. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said that seven people have applied to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Jeff Webb from the board in late April. Those names are T. Craig Beatty, […]

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Two Arrested in Stephens Co. Commercial Burglary

Two Stephens County men face charges in multiple counties after a reported commercial burglary. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, a business in Bell’s Plaza off of Big A Road reported that its rear door had been pried open early on Tuesday, May 17. “The suspects had pried open a steel door on the back of the business and […]

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Summer Movies Start At Schaefer Center Today

Toccoa is beginning its series of “Summer Movies at the Schaefer Center” today. Today is the first movie as “Cinderella” will be shown. Movies will be shown every Thursday through June and July. Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said they are excited to show a great series of movies over the course of the summer months. “We are […]

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Franklin Community Players Award Scholarships

Two Franklin County residents are recipients of college scholarships from the Franklin Community Players organization. Last week, the organization announced that Kirstin King and Kaytlin Stubbs are winners of the Franklin Community Players $500 college scholarship through this year’s scholarship program. The organization said both are graduates of Franklin County High School and Emmanuel College dual enrollment students. King lives […]

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Alleged Domestic Dispute Leads To Chase, Arrest

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A man faces multiple charges after an alleged domestic incident Tuesday. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies were dispatched to a residence on Old Mize Road in reference to a domestic dispute just before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Shirley said that the female called 911 saying she was being held against her will and had been hit in the […]

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Investigation Closed Into Inmate Death

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Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Christian said that he has closed the investigation into the death of an inmate at the Stephens County Jail earlier this year. Christian said that he found no evidence of any criminal matter or anything that appeared suspicious in the death of 24-year-old Barry J. Mullinax. Mullinax, who was from the Liberty-Easley, South Carolina […]

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Stephens Co. Employees To See Health Insurance Hike

Stephens County government employees will pay more for health insurance in the upcoming fiscal year. Last week, the Stephens County Commission unanimously approved the health, vision, and dental premium renewal with Blue Cross Blue Shield for Fiscal Year 2017, which starts on July 1. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that while dental and vision premiums are not changing, the […]

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