Stephens Co. Farm Tour Held Monday

Third graders from the Stephens County School System make their annual journey to the farm. The annual farm tour took place Monday at Mountain View Farms in Avalon. Farm Owner Linda Dean said that they have a little bit of everything to show the third graders. “We have goats, cows, pigs, chickens, a mobile dairy farm cow that she milks, […]

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Toccoa, Stephens Co. Both Set to Release Proposed Budgets Today

Both the city of Toccoa and Stephens County are scheduled to unveil their proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budgets during meetings today. Stephens County will go first, releasing its proposed budget during its 8:30 a.m. commission meeting in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse. Last week, Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that following two days of budget […]

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Wilbros Appeal of EPD Order Being Heard in Atlanta

The hearing on Wilbros’ appeal of an EPD administrative order calling on the facility to shut down is underway. That hearing began Monday in the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings in Atlanta. Wilbros received the hearing after challenging the administrative order that the state’s Environmental Protection Division issued in January. The EPD stated in its order that Wilbros had […]

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Franklin Co. Commission Tables Jail Funding Decision

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Commissioners in Franklin County are putting off a decision on how to fund a proposed jail expansion until after a detailed budget review. Franklin County is considering adding a four-pod, 96 bed extension to its current detention center to house non-violent offenders and women at a proposed cost of $2.5 million. So far, three […]

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Top Five Banquet at SCHS Tonight

Just a reminder, tonight’s annual Top Five Banquet is at Stephens County High School. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the high school bistro with the Top Five program to follow in the Tugaloo Center for the Performing Arts. The Toccoa Rotary Club sponsors the Top Five banquet each year. It honors the top five percent of the graduating […]

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Chamber Looks Ahead to New Year

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to the year ahead. Last Thursday at its annual meeting, the Chamber heard from both Current Chamber Board Chair Brian Akin, whose term ends on June 30 and Incoming Board Chair Greg Roach, who begins his year as chair on July 1. Akin said it has been a great year for the […]

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Toccoa Commission Meeting Tuesday, Not Today

There is a change in the schedule for the Toccoa City Commission this week from the board’s normal schedule. City commissioners will not meet today. Instead, the city commission will meet Tuesday for its first meeting for the month of May. Tuesday’s Toccoa City Commission regular meeting will get underway at 5 p.m. Meanwhile, city commissioners will hold a work […]

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Toccoa Celebrates Train Day

Toccoa celebrates National Train Day. Saturday, residents gathered to greet the Amtrak Crescent train as it arrived in Toccoa for its morning stop as part of the festivities. That wait took a little longer than normal Saturday as the Crescent was nearly two hours late, arriving just before 8 a.m. instead of at its normal arrival time of just after […]

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Lavonia Police Honor Two With Awards

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Two Lavonia Police officers are being honored for their outstanding police work. At the Lavonia City Council meeting last Monday, Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle presented officer Jason Roach the Golden Shield Honors Award for 2013 from the Georgia Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Roach received the award for making 30 DUI arrests […]

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