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Toccoa Police Officer Injured in Chase, Man Charged

July 22, 2013

A Toccoa Police officer is recovering from injuries suffered after an individual flees from authorities. It occurred last Monday night, according to Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell. Jarrell said it started just after 11 p.m. last Monday when Officer Shuk Hamdan was investigating a suspicious vehicle in the area of Toccoa Elementary School and...

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Rep. Collins Supports Education Bill

July 22, 2013

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins votes in favor of a U.S. House bill that would, if it became law, make a number of changes to the education system. The bill, introduced by a Republican Representative from Minnesota, would eliminate Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, repeal federal Highly Qualified Teacher requirements, give states and...

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Hart Co. Passes Animal Control Ordinance

July 22, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia For the first time in its 160-year history, Hart County has an animal control ordinance. At its regular meeting earlier this month, the Hart County Board of Commissioners heard a final reading of the ordinance and held a public hearing before taking a vote and passing the ordinance....

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Stephens Co. School System Will Offer Free Lunches in Elementary Schools, Middle School

July 19, 2013

The Stephens County School System will offer free breakfasts and lunches to students in the county’s elementary schools and middle school this coming school year. This week, Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten announced that the school system had been approved for a program called the Community Eligibility Option for Free Meal Reimbursement this...

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Shiloh VFD Assists On S.Carolina Fire

July 19, 2013

The investigation is underway as to what started a fire in Oconee County, South Carolina that required assistance from Stephens County volunteer firefighters. A passer-by apparently reported the fire to Oconee County authorities just after 5 a.m. today. It occurred on Cleveland Pike Road, near the Georgia-South Carolina state line. Shiloh Fire Department from...

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Tree Falls On Moving Truck

July 19, 2013

A man escapes serious injury when a tree falls on his truck and causes him to lose control while driving in Stephens County Wednesday. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the accident happened on U.S. Highway 123 between Toccoa and South Carolina on Wednesday just before 6 p.m. The GSP’s Toccoa post reported that...

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Northern Judicial DA Appears in Lavonia

July 19, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia New Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White said he and his staff have declared war on crime in his five-county region. The Northern Judicial Circuit includes Franklin, Hart, Madison, Elbert, and Oglethorpe counties. On Wednesday, the Lavonia Police Department sponsored a luncheon for White and his staff...

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Ida Cox Music Series Continues Saturday

July 19, 2013

Main Street Toccoa said that numerous local groups are the feature performers at this week’s edition of the Ida Cox Music Series in downtown Toccoa. As always, the show is scheduled to take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa. If the weather is bad, the concert will still...

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NGTC Announces Additional Grant Opportunity

July 19, 2013

North Georgia Technical College students in the school’s Practical Nursing programs receiving the HOPE grant may also be eligible for additional financial help. The school said beginning with this coming Fall Semester, North Georgia Tech students receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for financial assistance from Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant,...

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Supreme Court Issues Ruling In Favor of Stephens Co. Over Road Controversy

July 18, 2013

The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s ruling requiring Stephens County to maintain a road it had chosen to abandon. In a unanimous ruling issued last week, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned a 2011 Stephens County Superior Court ruling that overturned the county’s decision to abandon Winding Bluff Road and required the...

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