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Moreno’s Treasure Box Celebrates Opening With Ribbon Cutting

June 21, 2013
Moreno’s Treasure Box Celebrates Opening With Ribbon Cutting

A new retail store opens up in Toccoa. Thursday, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Moreno’s Treasure Box to celebrate its opening. Owner Christel Ivester said Moreno’s has a wide variety of items. “We have this, that, and much more,” said Ivester. “We have furniture, baby stuff, clothes,...

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New Franklin Co. Clerk Hired

June 21, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County has a new county clerk. At a called meeting last week, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners came out of executive session and announced that they had made a selection. Franklin County Manager Billy Morse said the selection comes from inside the county’s administration. “It is...

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Toccoa Police Announce Arrest in Wal-Mart Cell Phone Theft

June 20, 2013

Police said Wednesday they have made an arrest in the theft of 31 cell phones from the Toccoa Wal-Mart earlier this year. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said that his department has charged 33-year-old Ontorio Cortez Waymyers of Columbia, South Carolina in connection with the March 27 theft of $14,000 worth of cell phones...

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Highway 17 Work Starting in Stephens Co.

June 20, 2013

Some of the initial work on the Highway 17 widening and relocation project in Stephens County is underway. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Teri Pope said crews started doing some work this week. “Work began on Monday,” said Georgia Department of Transportation spokesperson Teri Pope. “The contractor started clearing so work has officially begun....

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June 28 Deadline to Apply for School Board Seat Approaching

June 20, 2013

The Stephens County Board of Education continues to accept applications from residents interested in filling Jerry Steele’s soon to be vacated seat on the school board. Steele announced last month that he would resign from the school board effective at the end of this month as his son, Sandy Steele, will officially take over...

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Grants Being Sought for Sewer Expansion Project

June 20, 2013

Potential grant funds could help Toccoa and Stephens County push forward on the expansion of sewer on Big A Road and the Toccoa By-pass. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners approved entering into an agreement with the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission to apply for two grants to help pay for the project. According to Stephens County...

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Police Blotter

June 20, 2013

The Georgia Department of Transportation is reporting that it has had tractor batteries stolen in Stephens County. The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a DOT worker on Monday who said his crew left their tractors at a local store last Thursday and found when they returned Monday that someone had cut...

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Toccoa, Stephens Co. Settle SPLOST Split

June 19, 2013

Stephens County and Toccoa City Commissioners reach an agreement on splitting revenues if voters approve SPLOST VI later this year. After meeting for more than an hour on Tuesday, the two sides met in the middle and agreed that if SPLOST VI is voted in, Stephens County will receive roughly 70 percent of the...

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Stephens Co. BOE Approves FY 2014 Budget

June 19, 2013

The Stephens County Board of Education puts its final stamp of approval on its Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The school board unanimously approved the final budget at its meeting Tuesday. The nearly $32 million budget shows no change from the tentative budget approved last month. Next year’s budget is slightly smaller than the current...

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Toccoa Approves Sign Ordinance Amendments

June 19, 2013

The city of Toccoa amends its sign ordinance. Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved amendments to the sign ordinance following a second reading and public hearing. According to Toccoa Planning Director Connie Tabor, the major change in the sign ordinance is to allow electronic message board signage on Big A Road and parts of Currahee...

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