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Old Mexico Restaurant Holds Ribbon Cutting

July 1, 2013
Old Mexico Restaurant Holds Ribbon Cutting

Downtown Toccoa and Stephens County celebrate the opening of a new restaurant. The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to mark the opening of Old Mexico Restaurant on Broad Street in Toccoa. Old Mexico Restaurant is owned by Lori and Pablo Tocohua. Lori Tocohua said Old Mexico offers Mexican...

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One Arrested in Storage Unit Thefts in Lavonia, Hart Co.

July 1, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Authorities in Hart County have made an arrest in a string of burglaries from storage units in Lavonia, Hart County, and Anderson County, South Carolina. Hart County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested 28-year-old Tasha Marie Franks of Hartwell and are searching for more suspects. According to Hart County...

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NGTC Foundation Receives Literacy Grant

July 1, 2013

North Georgia Technical College receives a grant to support the school’s literacy programs. Recently, the North Georgia Technical College Foundation announced that it received a $7,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs. Specifically, the grant will provide scholarships to qualified GED students to cover the required $160 testing...

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Governor Appoints Toccoa Resident to Board

July 1, 2013

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appoints a Toccoa resident to a statewide board. On Friday, Governor Deal announced the appointment of Dana Skelton-Sanders to the Georgia State Rehabilitation Council. According to the announcement on the state website, she is a certified rehabilitation counselor for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency/ VR Program. In addition, she is...

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Sheriff Issues Scam Warning

June 28, 2013

Local authorities are reminding area residents to continue to be on the lookout for potential scams. Recently, someone came to the AM 630 WNEG studios and alerted us to calls she was receiving from people she did not know asking for her personal account information. She also reported the calls to authorities. Stephens County...

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Doyle St. Pool Still Not Open

June 28, 2013

The Doyle Street Pool remains closed as work continues to get the pool open for swimming. Toccoa-Stephens County YMCA CEO Robin Dake said Friday that they have still not been able to properly balance the chemicals in the pool as required to get Health Department approval and open the pool. So it will not...

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Stephens Co. Unemployment Figures Show Mixed Results in May

June 28, 2013

Recent unemployment figures from the Georgia Department of Labor deliver mixed news for Stephens County. According to the figures for the month of may released Wednesday, Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate for the month of may jumped to 8.2 percent. That is a six-tenths of a percentage point increase from the revised April unemployment...

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Franklin Co. Plans To Consolidate Voting Precincts

June 28, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Elections officials in Franklin County want to reduce the number of voting precincts in their county. The Franklin County Board of Elections has voted to consolidate the county’s 13 voting precincts down to four based on the county commission districts. At a work session Tuesday night, Franklin County...

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New “Jailhouse Rock” Date Announced

June 28, 2013

Organizers have announced a new date for the “Jailhouse Rock” fundraiser to benefit the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter. The annual fundraiser will now take place on Saturday, August 24. It will start at 6 p.m. and still take place at the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical College. Besides dinner, the event is scheduled...

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Shirley’s Shelter Open House Sunday

June 28, 2013

A local homeless shelter is hosting an open house this weekend. Shirley’s Shelter for the Homeless is holding an open house this Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. to show off its newly constructed men’s apartment. The shelter is located on South Alexander Street in Toccoa. Refreshments will be served.

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