Work Continues On “Orphan County” TV Issue

Stephens County government is continuing steps to try and obtain access to Atlanta television stations for county residents on satellite television. Tuesday, the county commission approved a letter of feasibility certificate request be sent to DirecTV, LLC. The letter from the county asks DirecTV to clarify whether or not, or to what extent, the company could provide Atlanta stations to […]

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One Dead in Wednesday Accident in NE Ga.

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia One person is dead and another is injured after a traffic accident Wednesday morning in northeast Georgia. According to the Hartwell Post of the Georgia State Patrol, the accident occurred at about 6:20 a.m. on Wednesday on the Georgia Highway 77 Connector near the Lavonia Speedway. The GSP said a Jeep Cherokee driven by […]

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WRAF Sale Finalized

The sale of the Toccoa Falls College radio station, WRAF Radio, to a Florida-based non-commercial religious format broadcaster is complete. School officials said that the sale of WRAF Radio and associated properties to Radio Training Network, Inc. of Lakeland, Florida closed last week. Radio Training Network, operators of His Radio 89.3 in Greenville, reportedly paid Toccoa Falls College $2.1 million […]

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Outgoing NGTC President Honored At Retirement Reception

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North Georgia Technical College bids farewell to retiring President Dr. Gail Thaxton. School and Technical College System of Georgia colleagues, local officials, and other dignitaries gathered at the school’s Clarkesville campus on Tuesday for Thaxton’s retirement reception. Dr. Thaxton has served as North Georgia Technical College President since 2012 when she moved to Habersham County after serving as President at […]

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Prayer Vigil Held in Downtown Toccoa

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A community comes together to pray. Thursday night, Stephens County residents joined local pastors in a prayer vigil in downtown Toccoa for the nation and for the community. Stephens County Commission Chair Dennis Bell called for the event earlier this month in light of events that have taken place across the nation. Bell said he appreciates the support the community […]

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Toccoa Wins Award for Golf Course Clubhouse Project

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Another Toccoa project receives recognition from the state chapter of a national organization. Toccoa Mayor Gail Fry said that city officials traveled to St. Simons earlier this month to again receive an award from the Georgia Chapter of the American Public Works Association. “We received the 2016 Project of the Year Award, Small Cities/Rural Communities, Historic Restoration/Preservation,” said Fry. “It […]

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Back to School Prayer Motorcade Saturday

With school starting next week for students in Stephens County, an annual back to school event is coming up on Saturday. It is the annual Stephens County School System Prayer Motorcade. Jeraldine Hayes and Mary Owenby are again co-coordinating the event. Hayes said that it will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at the new Stephens County Board of Education office. […]

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DOT Suspending Some Lane Closures for Sales Tax Holiday

Shoppers will get a break from road construction this weekend to go along with the state’s suspension of the sales tax for school supplies, clothing, and computer equipment. The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend construction-related lane closures within five miles of a shopping mall or major shopping district on all interstates and major state routes beginning at […]

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Unemployment Jumps in June in Stephens Co., Region

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Stephens County sees its unemployment rate jump in June. According to figures released from the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 6.0 percent in June. That is up eight-tenths of a percentage point from the revised May rate of 5.2 percent. This June’s unemployment rate is six-tenths of a percentage point lower than last […]

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