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Ga. DOT Announces Road Work in Area This Week

September 23, 2013

The Georgia Department of Transportation is announcing a number of scheduled maintenance and road work activities in Stephens and surrounding counties this week. In Stephens County, crews are scheduled to repair a slope along State Highway 17.  That project will likely require shoulder closures along the roadway. Meanwhile, DOT crews are also scheduled to...

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Opportunity House Closes in Lavonia

September 23, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Four years after it opened, Opportunity House, a day program for mentally challenged adults in Lavonia, has closed its doors. According to Opportunity House Board Chair Andrea Robinson, Opportunity House has been struggling financially for the past couple of years. She said the decision to close came after...

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Hwy. 123 Corridor Cleanup Talk of Thursday Meeting in Toccoa

September 20, 2013

Local government and business leaders from Toccoa and Stephens County gather to talk about the U.S. Highway 123/Currahee Street corridor. The meeting took place Thursday at the Stephens County Senior Center on Rose Lane. Citizens’ Advisory Panel on Litter and Blight Chair Tim Hale said the goal of the meeting was to start discussions about...

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Savannah River Caucus Meeting Held in Hartwell

September 20, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A historic moment. That is how Wednesday’s Joint State Savannah River Basin Caucus Summit at Big Oaks Recreation Center in Hartwell is being described by Franklin and Hart County State Representative Alan Powell, whose Georgia Savannah River Caucus hosted the event. “This means a lot and to have...

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Wilbros Comes Up in Habersham Paper Over Odor Complaint There

September 20, 2013

A Habersham County newspaper article calls attention to a concern about odor in Habersham County that ties back to the owner of the Wilbros facility in Toccoa. An article in The Northeast Georgian newspaper out of Habersham County references odor complaints regarding application of material on a Habersham County farm belonging to the family...

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Officials Call GA 17 Groundbreaking “Big Moment” for Area

September 19, 2013
Officials Call GA 17 Groundbreaking “Big Moment” for Area

Local, regional, and state leaders officially break ground on the new Highway 17. “It is a big moment for Stephens County, but also for this northeast Georgia area,” said Stephens County Commissioner Dean Scarborough at Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the beginning of work to widen Georgia Highway 17 from the Stephens County-Franklin County...

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TPD Issues Warrants in Two Cases

September 19, 2013

Police in Toccoa said that they have obtained arrest warrants in two separate recent incidents. The first reported incident took place over the weekend. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said that officers responded to the Emergency Room at Stephens County Hospital just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday in response to a report of a gunshot...

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One Arrested in Toccoa Theft

September 19, 2013

One person faces charges in connection with an alleged theft from a downtown Toccoa restaurant. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said police responded to a Currahee   Street restaurant on Monday in regards to a reported theft. “When officers arrived, they were told that a gentlemen had taken a wallet from the owner of...

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123 Corridor Meeting Tonight in Toccoa

September 19, 2013

A meeting later today will focus on the U.S.   Highway 123/Currahee Street corridor in Toccoa and StephensCounty. The meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. at the StephensCountySeniorCenter on Rose Lane in Toccoa. A light dinner will be served. According to organizers, the primary purpose of this meeting is to initiate discussions between business...

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Pre-Job Fair Event in Lavonia Deemed “Success”

September 19, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Georgia Department of Labor’s Toccoa Career Center is calling Tuesday’s job search readiness workshop in Lavonia a success. The daylong series of free workshops were designed to help job seekers better market themselves to potential employers as well as prepare for an upcoming job fair on September...

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