DOT: Turn Off Automated Sprinklers Overnight In Cold Weather

With temperatures dropping and headed well below freezing over the next couple of nights, the Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding people to turn off sprinkler systems with automatic timers set to run overnight. DOT District Engineer Brent Cook said sprinkler systems that are left on overnight in freezing temperatures can create a hazardous condition for motorists the next morning. […]

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Hudgens Reminds Georgians To Check Homeowners’ Policies Regarding Damage from Cold Temps

As colder temperatures set in over the coming days, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Georgians should remember that if their homes are damaged by extreme cold, they may get financial relief through their homeowners policies. Hudgens said that depending on the source of the property damage, someone may or may not be covered. He said there […]

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Crump, Adams Sentenced

Two Toccoa men convicted in a plot to produce ricin and attack the U.S. government will serve 10 year prison terms. Samuel J. Crump and Ray H. Adams, both of Toccoa, were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Gainesville. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story sentenced the two men. Following their 10-year prison terms, the two men are both […]

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Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner, Gospel Concert on Sunday

An annual Thanksgiving holiday tradition takes place again this week in Stephens County. It is the annual Sandra Harbin Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner and Wendell Sherman Memorial Gospel Concert. The men of Friendship Baptist Church organize the events each year. They are coming up on Sunday at the Toccoa-Stephens County Boys and Girls Club on Whitman Street in Toccoa. One of the […]

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New Lavonia Fire Chief Provides Update

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia New Lavonia Fire Chief Scott O’Barr said things are running smoothly at the Lavonia Fire Department. At the regular Lavonia City Council meeting recently, O’Barr gave the council and Mayor Ralph Owens an end of year report on the department’s status. The Lavonia Fire Department’s fiscal year runs from November 1st to October 31st. […]

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BBB Issues Warning on Fake Package Notices

With the holidays approaching, the Better Business Bureau is urging people to be on the lookout for fake package notices. The BBB said it is a common tactic for phishing scammers to send emails claiming to be an alert about an undelivered package. Also, in a slightly different variation of this scam, an e-mail may allege to provide order details […]

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Stephens Co. Holds Farm City Week Banquet

Local leaders hear from Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner at an annual banquet. Ralph Hudgens was the guest speaker at Thursday’s annual Toccoa-Stephens County Farm City Week Banquet at the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical College. Stephens County Farm Bureau organizes the banquet each year. Hudgens talked about his long love of and involvement in the agriculture industry […]

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Two Arrested in Toccoa Fight

Two people face charges after an incident at a Toccoa residence last week. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said that authorities arrested both 19-year-old Tefrem Demond Thornton of Toccoa and 17-year-old Jarrad Scot McCraw of Toccoa last week. Jarrell said everything stems from an incident at a home on Julia Lane at about 6:30 p.m. last Thursday evening. “Mr. Thornton […]

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