USDA Vet Warns Poultry Farmers to Use Extra Bio-Security to Prevent Avian Influenza

By M.J. Kneiser/WLHR The USDA says poultry farmers need to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of the H5N2 virus or avian influenza. The USDA confirmed the H5N2 avian influenza virus had spread from Minnesota turkey farms where it was first discovered in December to commercial chicken farms in Wisconsin and Iowa. Last week, they announced over eight-million chickens […]

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Seneca Bank Officer In District Court

Contributed by WGOG A former bank officer at Oconee-based Community First Bank was in federal court yesterday in Anderson for an initial appearance, according to sources in the US District Court. The proceeding for Benjamin Lee Hiott is an arraignment. According to sources with the federal court system, Hiott faces three counts of bank fraud. He is also a co-defendant […]

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Host Inn To Close After City Inspection

An emphasis of this year’s Toccoa City Commission is community beautification and code enforcement. Part of that process includes the elimination of unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Of specific concern are motels that have been converted to Extended Stay Facilities. The Stephens County Health Department has also established this as one of their goals and has asked for the city to […]

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City Of Toccoa Holds First Reading Of Budget

The City of Toccoa had it’s first reading and public hearing for the fiscal year 2016  budget Monday night during the Toccoa City Commission meeting. Toccoa Mayor Terry Carter was pleased with the work by City staff. “I’d like to think City Manager (Billy Morse) and the department heads for their hard work on preparing this years budget. The budget […]

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Stephens County Commission Meeting To Include Discussion Of Bond Issuance To Forward Fund Road Projects

Stephens County Commissioners are expected to vote on whether to approve the issuance of $4.5 million in bonds in order to forward fund road work in the county at their meeting Tuesday evening at 5:30 P.M. in the second floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in Downtown Toccoa. County Commissioners are considering issuing up to an initial $4.5 […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Meeting Today

Stephens County Commissioners are expected to vote on whether to approve the issuance of $4.5 million in bonds in order to forward fund road work in the county at their meeting later today. The county commission is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. County commissioners are […]

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Deputy Cruz Thomas Honored On Rolling Memorial

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A group known as the Blue Knights pays tribute to the memory of Franklin and Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Cruz Thomas. Thomas was killed last May on I-85 while in pursuit of a speeding vehicle. During the chase, Thomas’ cruiser was cut-off by a truck that changed lanes causing him to lose control and […]

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Local Teachers Headed to Normandy This Summer With Grant

Two Stephens County High School teachers are headed overseas this summer thanks to a grant. Teachers Derek Demmler and Amanda Rogowski have received a Rural Teacher Global Fellowship sponsored by the Rural School and Community Trust. The goal of the fellowship is to create unique personal and professional development experiences for rural teachers. According to the trust, fellows design their […]

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