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Lavonia Testing Fire Hydrants

April 5, 2013

By WLHR Radio, Lavonia If you live in or around the city of Lavonia, expect to see firefighters working on the city’s fire hydrants over the weekend. Crews with the Lavonia Fire Department will be releasing water from all of the fire hydrants. Chad Marcengill with the Lavonia Fire Department says the process is...

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Highway 17 Widening Moving Forward As DOT Awards Project

April 4, 2013

Stephens County receives good news on the Highway 17 project. The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it had officially awarded both phases of the Highway 17 widening project. The two phases of the project, which will create a four-lane divided Highway 17 between the Franklin-Stephens County line and Memorial Drive in Toccoa,...

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SCSO Arrests Three on Child Molestation, Other Charges

April 4, 2013

A multi-agency child abuse investigation in Stephens County leads to three arrests. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the investigation involved his office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. Shirley said the investigation took about three weeks and resulted in arrests last month. “Three individuals in...

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Powell Reacts to Corps Caucus Creation

April 4, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin and Hart County State Representative Alan Powell is reacting to Doug Collins’ announcement regarding a new Corps of Engineers’ Reform Caucus. Collins announced this week that he was chairing the new group, which is designed to help come up with ideas to reform the way the Corps...

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Toccoa Woman Injured in Friday Wreck in Habersham Co.

April 4, 2013

The Georgia State Patrol continues to investigate an accident last week in Habersham County that resulted in multiple injuries. According to the Toccoa Post of the Georgia State Patrol, the three vehicle accident occurred just after 1:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Georgia Highway 365 and Duncan Bridge Road, or Georgia Highway 384....

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Trial Ends in Hung Jury

April 4, 2013

A trial this week in Stephens County Superior Court ends with a hung jury. Court officials indicate that the trial of Michael Dennis Savard of Toccoa on a charge of aggravated assault ended in a hung jury. Savard faced charges in connection to a March 2012 incident at Rite Aid on Big A Road...

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Franklin Co. Commission Denies Mason Cornerstone Request

April 4, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia For the second time, Franklin County commissioners have said no to a request by the Lavonia chapter of the Masons to install a cornerstone on the new EMS building now under construction on Gerrard Road in the Lavonia Industrial Park. The initial request came at a work session...

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Col. Ben Purcell Passes Away

April 4, 2013

Funeral services for a decorated Northeast Georgia veteran and former state legislator will take place Saturday. Colonel Ben Purcell of Clarkesville passed away earlier this week at the age of 85. Purcell was a long-time Habersham County resident and decorated veteran. In 1968, Purcell was serving in Vietnam when the helicopter he was on...

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HB 226 Passes General Assembly; Composting Language Removed

April 3, 2013

A State House bill that drew the attention of some Stephens County citizens over its reference to composting is headed to the Governor’s desk after it passed the General Assembly. House Bill 226, which deals with used tires, passed the State House and Senate last week at the end of the legislative session. The...

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Cobb Co. Shooting Suspect Arrested in Franklin Co.

April 3, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A Cobb County man wanted in connection with a shooting over the weekend is behind bars after being arrested in Franklin County. According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, the arrest came Sunday morning at a truck stop off Exit 160 on Interstate 85 in Carnesville. “The deputies...

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