DOT To Work On I-85 in Franklin Co.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will be doing some road work this week on Interstate 85 in Franklin County. According to the DOT, contractors with the agency will be installing new Weigh-in-Motion Equipment on I-85 near Lavonia. DOT officials said that alternating single lane closures will be necessary to complete this work. The DOT said the work will […]

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Details Released in Fatal Accident

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley identifies the victim in Thursday morning’s fatal accident in Stephens County. On Thursday afternoon, the sheriff identified the victim as 18-year-old Michael Dustin Hill of Toccoa. The accident occurred at about 2:50 a.m. on Combs Avenue in Martin. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, a 2000 gold Ford Ranger was traveling […]

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SCDA Passes Inducement Resolutions

The Stephens County Development Authority passes resolutions to help try to encourage a pair of projects to invest in Stephens County. Last week, the Development Authority approved inducement resolutions for industrial revenue bonds for two unnamed projects. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said inducement resolutions are a tool that communities use to encourage companies to continue to […]

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SCDA Starts 2017

The Stephens County Development Authority welcomes two new members for the upcoming year. At its meeting last week, the Development Authority board welcomed both Toccoa Mayor Jeanette Jamieson and Stephens County Commission Chair Debbie Whitlock to the board for 2017. Both the Mayor of Toccoa and Stephens County Board of Commissioners Chair hold permanent seats on the Development Authority and […]

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Cracker Barrel Construction Underway in Lavonia

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Work is underway in Lavonia on the new Cracker Barrel family restaurant. The restaurant company officially announced this week that construction started earlier this month. Cracker Barrel is building its new restaurant on the Ross Place property where a topless bar, the Cafe Risque, once stood. In 2009, the City of Lavonia was able […]

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SR 184 Bridge Over Toccoa Creek Back Open

Drivers who use Prather Bridge Road, or State Route 184, are no longer using a detour to get around the bridge over Toccoa Creek. That bridge re-opened to traffic on Saturday afternoon. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Katie Strickland said it is not the end of the project, but it is a huge step forward. “It is not a complete […]

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Ida Cox Music Series Gains Regional Recognition

A regional tourism group is highlighting a downtown Toccoa summer event. The Southeast Tourism Society has named Toccoa’s very own Ida Cox Music Series as one of the society’s Top 20 Events in the Southeast for Summer 2017. Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said this announcement serves as a great chance to showcase the concert series. “They meet […]

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