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Two Arrested After Franklin Co. Chase

February 20, 2014
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By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A Canon man and a Habersham County woman both face charges in Franklin County after leading deputies there on a high-speed chase. Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said it happened Tuesday morning in the Sandy Cross community. ” Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies were patrolling the  highways in the...

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Testimony Concludes in Ayers Civil Trial

February 19, 2014
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Closing statements are expected to take place this morning in the civil trial in connection to the 2009 shooting death of Lavonia pastor the Rev. Jonathan Ayers. Testimony concluded Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Gainesville in the trial of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Rev. Ayers’ widow, Abigail Ayers. Tuesday morning,...

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Searches for SCHS Football Coach, School Superintendent Making Progress

February 19, 2014
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Progress continues on the search to fill two prominent positions in the Stephens County School System. Updates were provided on both the search for a new School Superintendent and a new Head Football Coach for Stephens County High School on Tuesday. During Tuesday’s Stephens County Board of Education meeting, School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten updated...

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Collins Hosting Veterans Benefits Fair

February 19, 2014
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9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins will host a Veterans Benefits Fair in Toccoa on Thursday. It will take place Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stephens County National Guard Armory on Savannah Street in Toccoa. Collins will be joined by his constituent services staff and representatives from the Veterans’ Administration....

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Toccoa Approves New Franchise Agreement with Lavonia

February 19, 2014
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Toccoa approves a new franchise agreement with the city of Lavonia. City commissioners unanimously voted to adopt the agreement at its meeting on Monday, February 10. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said a franchise agreement is something Toccoa has with Lavonia and all of the cities that Toccoa’s natural gas system passes through. He...

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Hudgens Issues Initial Winter Storm Damage Cost Estimate

February 19, 2014
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Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is putting a number on the estimated insured losses in Georgia from last week’s winter storm. Hudgens said that those estimated insured losses in Georgia from last week’s winter storm stand at $25 million. The estimate was based on claims reported by various property and casualty insurance companies. The...

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Turkey Quota Hunt Application Deadline Extended

February 19, 2014
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With many Georgians experiencing power outages and other challenges this past week, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is extending the turkey quota hunt application deadline through 11:59 p.m. tonight. Wildlife Resources Division Game Management Section Chief John Bowers said the Department wants to give sportsmen and women every opportunity to apply...

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Special Election Voter Registration Deadline Today

February 18, 2014
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Today is an important deadline regarding the March 18 special election in Stephens County. “Today is the last day to register to vote for the special election that is coming up on March 18,” said Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley.  ”If they are not registered by the end of today, they cannot vote in...

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Dispute Over Stephens Co. Hospital Medicare Funds Continues

February 18, 2014
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Stephens County Hospital continues trying to resolve a dispute over hundreds of thousands of dollars in Medicare funds. Last Fall, the hospital reported that it had around $800,000 in Medicare funds withheld by Medicare over a dispute that stems from Medicare paperwork filed by the hospital back in Fiscal Year 2009. Hospital Administrator Ed...

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BBB Offers Storm Damage Repair Advice

February 18, 2014
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The Better Business Bureau is offering advice for anyone who may have suffered damage from ice or snow as a result of last week’s winter storm. BBB Spokesman Mike Boynton said there are several things people should keep in mind if they have suffered damage from the storm that needs repair. “There are a...

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