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Arrest Made in Martin Christmas Light Damage

December 12, 2012

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested one person in connection with Martin’s damaged Christmas light display. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, 18-year-old Ernest Black of Childs Street in Martin was arrested Monday afternoon at his residence and charged with criminal interference with government property. The arrest comes after Shirley...

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Lavonia Police Arrest Two for Rape

December 12, 2012

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Two Lavonia men are facing multiple charges in connection with an alleged rape of a woman over the weekend. It happened early Saturday morning at a home on Maple Street, according to Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle. Carlisle said his officers first learned of the case when contacted...

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EPD Signs Wilbros Consent Order; Court Hearing Today in Civil Suit

December 11, 2012

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has finalized a consent order with Wilbros. The EPD signed the consent order on Monday with the Rose Lane facility at the center of controversy over complaints of excessive odor coming from the facility. According to EPD Assistant Director Jim Ussery, the final consent order that will be implemented...

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Toccoa Receives Clean Audit Report

December 11, 2012

The city of Toccoa receives its Fiscal Year 2012 audit report. Joel Black from the city’s auditing firm, Mauldin and Jenkins of Atlanta, presented the report at Monday’s regular city commission meeting. Black said that the city received a clean audit opinion for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2012. “Our opinion was unqualified,...

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Stephens Co. Commission To Meet Today

December 11, 2012

Stephens County Commissioners will hold their final scheduled meeting of 2012 later today. County commissioners are scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today for their regularly scheduled meeting in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. The county commission is not planning to hold a second monthly meeting this...

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Corps Accepting Used Christmas Trees For Lake Thurmond

December 11, 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will again accept used Christmas trees to create fish habitat in Lake Thurmond. The Corps said it will accept used, real Christmas trees only for recycling starting on Dec. 19 and going through Jan. 9. Trees can be dropped off at Riverside Middle School at 1095 Furys Ferry...

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“New Harmonies” Exhibit Comes To Toccoa

December 10, 2012

Toccoa welcomes the New Harmonies exhibit. An event took place Friday evening at the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa to welcome the traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. The “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” exhibit covers the history of American music. It was brought to Toccoa through a joint effort of the Georgia...

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Toccoa City Commission Meeting Today

December 10, 2012

Toccoa City Commissioners are scheduled to continue discussion regarding the city’s occupation tax ordinance at a work session this afternoon. The city commission is scheduled to begin that work session at 3 p.m. at Toccoa City Hall. Toccoa City Attorney John Dickerson presented the proposed update to the occupation tax ordinance at the city...

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Building Inspections Event Held Saturday

December 10, 2012

Stephens County holds an introduction to building inspections and code enforcement. Saturday, the Stephens County Board of Commissioners and the Building Inspections held the Introduction to Building Inspections and Contractor Appreciation Day at the Stephens County Senior Center on Rose Lane in Toccoa. The event was designed to explain the basics of the Building...

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Franklin Co. Gets Extension from NE Ga. Animal Shelter

December 10, 2012

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County and the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter board have reached an agreement to extend animal intake services through the end of this month. The shelter board had originally set December 8th as the cut off date for animal intake services to Franklin County because of a shortfall...

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