One Arrested on Drug Charge

An investigation by local and regional authorities leads to a drug arrest in Toccoa. The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, and Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 Unit served a search warrant recently at a residence on Emily Street. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that search warrant was just one part of a multi-pronged effort that […]

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Search for Missing Kayaker Suspended

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The search for a missing kayaker on Lake Hartwell has been suspended temporarily. Dive teams and rescuers from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Georgia Department of Natural Resources, as well as elsewheer canvassed the lake throughout the weekend in an attempt to locate 64-year old Brady Hamby of West Union, South […]

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Winter Weather Advisory Taking Effect Later Today in Stephens Co.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Stephens County starting at noon today and lasting through Tuesday at 7 a.m. National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg Meteorologist Neil Dixon said, however, that most of the precipitation in Stephens County is expected to be of the unfrozen variety. “Fortunately, most of the precipitation that develops later on today and this evening is […]

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Wilbros Stay Hearing Called “Victory” By Stephens Co. Attorney

Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck called a hearing on the Wilbros’ matter with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Friday a major victory for the community. On Friday, a Fulton County Superior Court Judge heard Wilbros’ motion for a stay on the EPD’s administrative order revoking Wilbros’ solid waste and wastewater discharge permits while Wilbros appeals the order and a ruling […]

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Stephens BOE Raises Cannery Prices

Stephens County school board members continue to debate what to do with the cannery. The Stephens County Board of Education discussed the cannery again at its work session and called meeting on Thursday. Last month, Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey announced that the cannery’s operations, after much discussion, had ben cut from 10 hours a day, four days a […]

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SCMS Marks Black History Month

Stephens County Middle School marks Black History Month. The school held its annual Black History Month program on Thursday afternoon. This year’s special guest speaker was Stephens County High School graduate Marina Woodruff. She used music to show how artists and singers of all races and styles today are influenced by famous black artists of the past, using as examples […]

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St. Mary’s May Buy Ty Cobb Hospital

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Officials with Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center confirm negotiations are underway for the possible sale of Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center to St. Mary’s Healthcare System of Athens. Ty Cobb Healthcare CEO Greg Hearn made the announcement late Wednesday morning in a prepared press release. “Strategic discussions between the healthcare providers have been ongoing […]

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‘Can Man’ Found Dead; No Foul Play Suspected

Authorities in Stephens County are investigating a death to ensure that no foul play was involved. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that he was contacted earlier this week about a person who had not been seen. “I was called by two different individuals about Winfred Kallenback,” said Shirley. “Most folks around Toccoa would know this man by the ‘can […]

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