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Update on Hwy. 17 Accident

February 13, 2013

More information is available on an accident last week on Highway 17 in Stephens County that resulted in a fatality. The accident occurred just after 6 p.m. Thursday around the intersection of Highway 17 and Clary Connector/North Avenue. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, the accident involved two vehicles, a...

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Man Charged in Habersham Co. Murder

February 13, 2013

Authorities said that a Habersham County man faces a murder charge in connection with the death of a Toccoa man. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said that 49-year-old Carl Lewis Justice of Habersham County was arrested and charged by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with murder in connection with the death of 43-year-old Michael...

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Officials Respond to Two Fires Over Weekend

February 13, 2013

Officials said Tuesday that a fire at a home on Avon Street appears to have started in a back bedroom. Both Toccoa Fire stations responded to the fire Friday afternoon, according to Toccoa Fire Chief Tommy Ayers. Chief Ayers said that the house suffered heavy damage in the blaze, but nobody was hurt. According...

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Toccoa Tables Decision on GEFA Debt Re-financing

February 12, 2013

Toccoa City Commissioners put off a decision on re-financing the city’s water/wastewater fund debt with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority to obtain more information. Monday, city commissioners tabled a proposal to re-finance the debt pending getting more information from the firm involved. Last Monday, city commissioners heard from the firm Robert W. Baird and...

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City Commission Approves Expenditure To Firm Representing City, Others in Wilbros Suit

February 12, 2013

Toccoa City Commissioners agree to pay a bill in connection to the civil suit against Wilbros. Commissioners unanimously approved a motion following an executive session at the start of Monday’s meeting. The amount approved to be paid to Stack and Associates was $12,687.64. Stack and Associates is the firm representing the city and others...

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Accident Last Week Still Under Investigation By GSP

February 12, 2013

The Georgia State Patrol is continuing to investigate an accident last week on Highway 17 in Stephens County. The accident occurred just after 6 p.m. Thursday around the intersection of Highway 17 and Clary Connector/North Avenue. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, the accident involved two vehicles. Unconfirmed reports indicated...

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Remains Officially Identified As Those of Missing Franklin Co. Woman

February 12, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Remains found in an abandoned well off Casey Road in Canon have been positively identified as that of a missing Canon woman. Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said that the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur called his office Monday afternoon to say they had made a positive identification....

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Stephens Co. Commission Meets Today

February 12, 2013

Stephens County Commissioners will meet this morning for a regularly scheduled meeting. The county commission will hold its first monthly meeting for February today at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic courthouse in downtown Toccoa. Last month, county commissioners voted to change their meeting times for 2013. Starting this month, Stephens...

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Lavonia Police Dept. Receives Grant

February 12, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Lavonia Police Department is receiving a $10,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said he was informed of the award last week. “We received that grant because of all of our participation in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety initiatives,”...

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Ga. DOT Announces Road Work for This Week

February 12, 2013

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced roadwork this week on a state route in Stephens County. According to the state’s DOT, a crew is scheduled to repair and restore ditches this week on State Route 145. Work is also planned in Habersham County. DOT officials said a crew there will clean and restore...

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