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Three from Toccoa Arrested in Banks Co. Shooting

December 20, 2012

Three Toccoa men face charges in connection with a shooting over the weekend in Banks County that left one man injured. According to Banks County Sheriff-Elect Carlton Speed, authorities responded to a location on Borders Road in Banks County at around 6 a.m. Sunday. Once there, authorities found 30-year-old David D. Watkins of Borders...

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Toccoa Commission Approves Updated Occupation Tax Ordinance

December 20, 2012

The city of Toccoa updates its occupation tax ordinance. Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved an updated version of the occupation tax ordinance. According to Toccoa City Attorney John Dickerson, the updated ordinance includes a number of changes. Dickerson said one change increases the flat fee assessed against businesses that are defined as professional businesses,...

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Toccoa City Commission Awards Bids For 2 SPLOST Projects

December 20, 2012

The Toccoa City Commission approves bids for two separate SPLOST projects. On Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved bids for both the renovation of the engine room at the Doyle Street fire station and resurfacing of a number of city streets. The city commission awarded the renovation of the Fire Department Engine Room to Ivester...

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Stephens Co. Hospital Reports Flu, Pneumonia ‘Prevalent’

December 20, 2012

Stephens County Hospital is seeing a lot of flu and pneumonia cases. According to Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell, the flu is very prevalent in the area this year. He also said that the area is seeing more cases than it had at this time last year. “We have had a lot of flu and...

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Toccoa To Stay With Same Auditing Firm

December 19, 2012

The Toccoa City Commission will keep the same firm conducting the city’s fiscal year audits for another three years. During Monday’s meeting, the city commission voted unanimously to approve a new auditing contract with Mauldin and Jenkins, the city’s current auditor. Mauldin and Jenkins of Atlanta has conducted the city of Toccoa’s audits since...

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Prayer Vigil Set For Christmas Eve in Toccoa

December 19, 2012

Members of the local community are organizing a prayer vigil this Christmas Eve to pray for an end to violence in the wake of last Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut. St. Matthias Episcopal Church is organizing the silent, non-denominational prayer vigil that will take place on Christmas Eve from 7 to 10 p.m. at...

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Wilbros Controversy Catches Attention of Atlanta TV Station

December 19, 2012

A local controversy is garnering big city attention. Fox 5 out of Atlanta recently aired a report on the Wilbros odor controversy in Stephens County. Wilbros, located on Rose Lane near Stephens County Middle School, has been at the center of controversy for nearly two years due to complaints of excessive odor from the...

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Magazine Recognizes Stephens Co. Hospital

December 19, 2012

A state magazine is naming Stephens County Hospital one of the top ten hospitals of its size in Georgia. In its December issue, Georgia Trend magazine released a special section ranking hospitals around the state. Based on that ranking system, the magazine listed Stephens County Hospital as the number 8 small hospital in Georgia,...

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Lavonia Mayor Wins GMRC Award

December 19, 2012

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia An area mayor is receiving regional recognition. Lavonia Mayor Ralph Owens was named the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission’s 2012 Elected Official of the Year earlier this month at the GMRC’s annual awards banquet in Gainesville. The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission covers 12 counties, including Stephens, Franklin, and Hart....

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Police Blotter

December 19, 2012

A Howard Road man is reporting a theft to the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report on file, the man told a deputy last Wednesday that someone had entered his house and taken $3,655 worth of jewelry, as well as $45 worth of clothing items. Meanwhile, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office also...

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