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Stephens Co. To Look at Possible E-911 Communications Equipment Upgrades

December 12, 2013

Stephens County will take time to look at what equipment upgrades, if any, are needed for the county’s E-911 communications. Following an executive session on Tuesday, commissioners voted 4-1 to reject all bids for Stephens County Emergency Communications radio infrastructure, dispatch radio console, and telephone system maintenance agreement.  Commissioner Stanley London voted “no.” Then,...

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Accident Cleared on Toccoa By-pass

December 11, 2013

Everything is back to normal on the Toccoa By-pass after a two-vehicle accident earlier this afternoon. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said the accident happened between 1 and 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of the By-pass and Memorial Drive. Shirley said it involved a pick-up truck and a truck from Toccoa Service Gas and...

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Stephens Co. To Ask Corps to Let It Run Stephens Co. Day Use Area

December 11, 2013

Stephens County will reach out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the county taking over operations of the Stephens County Day Use Area and keep it open. WNEG News had reported back on November 8 that the Corps of Engineers would close the Stephens County Day Use Area at the Georgia/South Carolina...

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SCSO Announces Drug Arrests

December 11, 2013

Recent drug investigations and operations by local authorities lead to multiple arrests. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said the arrests all happened between last Wednesday and Friday in unrelated incidents. First on Friday, Shirley said Mountain Judicial Circuit N.C.I.S. Drug Team agents acted on information that a man was transporting methamphetamine from the Tower...

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Lavonia Attorney Running for PSC

December 11, 2013

Lavonia attorney Doug Kidd is throwing his hat into the ring for the job of Georgia Public Service Commissioner for District 4. That district includes Stephens County and most of North Georgia.  Kidd announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination last week.  He is running against incumbent District 4 Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, who...

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Stephens Co. To Take Over Bowers Private Drive

December 11, 2013

Stephens County will move towards taking over a private drive and adding it to the county road system. Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously voted to spend money on initial maintenance on the first 1,000 feet of Bowers Road, currently a private drive, while also instructing staff to begin the steps for accepting that first 1,000...

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Toccoa Receives Clean Audit

December 10, 2013

The city of Toccoa receives good news on its Fiscal Year 2013 audit. Auditing firm Mauldin and Jenkins of Atlanta presented the city’s audit to commissioners during Monday’s meeting. Mauldin and Jenkins’ Joel Black provided commissioners with the audit. He said that the city’s overall audit report is a positive one. “Our opinion was...

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Banks Co. Investigating Case of Woman Glued to Toilet Seat

December 10, 2013

Authorities in Banks County continue to investigate an incident at a store in Commerce in which a woman was injured after being glued to a toilet. The Banks County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a store on Tanger Boulevard back on November 27. When deputies arrived, they found that a woman had been...

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Lavonia Raising Water Rates

December 10, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Water customers in the City of Lavonia will soon see another rate hike. At its regular meeting last week, the Lavonia City Council voted to raise water rates to cover funding for several water system projects and upgrades. Lavonia City Manager Gary Fesperman noted that the city last...

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Toccoa Christmas Parade Winners Announced

December 9, 2013

The winners are in for this year’s Toccoa Christmas Parade. The Toccoa Woman’s Club announced Monday that the best overall entry in this year’s parade belonged to the Stephens County Middle School FFA. The Middle School FFA also took home the honors for best entry from a school. This year’s best church entry belonged...

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