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Final Decision Made To Keep Doyle St. Pool Closed This Year

July 2, 2013

After weeks of uncertainty, the final word is that the Doyle Street Pool in Toccoa will not open this summer. Toccoa-Stephens County YMCA CEO Robin Dake said that the YMCA and city officials reached that mutual decision at a meeting Monday morning. Dake said multiple issues continue to cause problems that cannot be resolved...

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SACS Re-affirms NGTC Accreditation

July 2, 2013

North Georgia Technical College receives re-affirmation of its accreditation. Monday, the school announced that it received official notification that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has re-affirmed the school’s accreditation. North Georgia Tech President Dr. Gail Thaxton said the school is thrilled to receive this news. “We expected a good report; every college...

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Toccoa Camp Responds to Atlanta TV Report

July 2, 2013

A Toccoa camp is responding after a story on WSB-TV stated some Atlanta parents were upset at an Underground Railroad simulation in which their children participated. The WSB-TV report quoted Naima McHardy and her father, Curtis, voicing concerns about the simulation at the Blue Ridge Outdoor Education Center in Toccoa. The young woman was...

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Sen. Wilkinson Meets With New UGA President

July 2, 2013

50th District State Senator John Wilkinson talks agriculture with the new President at the University of Georgia. Wilkinson, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined other members of the joint Georgia Senate and House Agriculture Committee to meet newly appointed UGA President Jere Morehead last month, prior to his replacing Dr. Michael Adams Monday....

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Crump, Adams Set for Trial This Month

July 1, 2013

The two remaining Northeast Georgia men charged in an alleged plot to attack the U.S. government are now set to go to trial later this month. According to a document filed in U.S. District Court in Gainesville, Samuel J. Crump and Ray H. Adams, both of Toccoa, are set to go to trial on...

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Shirley’s Shelter Holds Open House

July 1, 2013

A local shelter unveils its newest addition designed to help those in need of a place to stay. Shirley’s Shelter for the Homeless held an open house Sunday at its men’s shelter on South Alexander Street in Toccoa. Shirley Combs, who runs the shelter, said the open house gave people a chance to see...

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Old Mexico Restaurant Holds Ribbon Cutting

July 1, 2013
Old Mexico Restaurant Holds Ribbon Cutting

Downtown Toccoa and Stephens County celebrate the opening of a new restaurant. The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to mark the opening of Old Mexico Restaurant on Broad Street in Toccoa. Old Mexico Restaurant is owned by Lori and Pablo Tocohua. Lori Tocohua said Old Mexico offers Mexican...

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One Arrested in Storage Unit Thefts in Lavonia, Hart Co.

July 1, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Authorities in Hart County have made an arrest in a string of burglaries from storage units in Lavonia, Hart County, and Anderson County, South Carolina. Hart County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested 28-year-old Tasha Marie Franks of Hartwell and are searching for more suspects. According to Hart County...

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NGTC Foundation Receives Literacy Grant

July 1, 2013

North Georgia Technical College receives a grant to support the school’s literacy programs. Recently, the North Georgia Technical College Foundation announced that it received a $7,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs. Specifically, the grant will provide scholarships to qualified GED students to cover the required $160 testing...

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Governor Appoints Toccoa Resident to Board

July 1, 2013

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appoints a Toccoa resident to a statewide board. On Friday, Governor Deal announced the appointment of Dana Skelton-Sanders to the Georgia State Rehabilitation Council. According to the announcement on the state website, she is a certified rehabilitation counselor for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency/ VR Program. In addition, she is...

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