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Work To Lower Lake Hartwell to 660 Continues

July 26, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing its efforts to get LakeHartwell back down to full pool. As of Thursday, Hartwell’s elevation had dropped to 662.6 feet, still about two and a half feet above the full pool level of 660 feet. According to Corps Spokesman Billy...

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Final Ida Cox Music Series Show Saturday

July 26, 2013

Toccoa Main Street will wrap up its 2nd annual Ida Cox Music Series with one final show this weekend. The free outdoor concerts have taken place throughout June and July in downtown Toccoa. According to Toccoa Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby, this year’s series has been quite successful. Crosby said they have been...

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Blood Connection CEO Retiring

July 26, 2013

The leader of a blood bank that collects blood in Stephens and surrounding counties throughout the region will retire at the end of the year. Blood Connection President and CEO Greg Hart announced recently that he will retire after more than 15 years leading the organization. The Blood Connection recruits donors and collects blood...

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Stephens Co. Approves SPLOST VI Agreement; Avalon Included

July 25, 2013

Stephens County Commissioners officially set the SPLOST VI vote for this November. County commissioners unanimously approved both the SPLOST VI resolution and the SPLOST VI intergovernmental agreement with the cities of Toccoa, Martin, and Avalon at their meeting on Tuesday. The final intergovernmental agreement does include Avalon, which means that the town located next...

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New Court Date for Crump, Adams

July 25, 2013

A court document on file in federal court indicates that a judge has set another new trial date for the two Toccoa men charged in an alleged plot to attack the U.S. government. The document, filed on July 15, states that Samuel J. Crump and Ray H. Adams, both of Toccoa, are now set...

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MERGE Program Again A Success in Toccoa

July 25, 2013

Volunteers from across the state of Georgia are back in their communities after spending time last week in Toccoa with local volunteers on a community improvement effort. The annual MERGE Program took place last week in Stephens County. The Georgia Baptist Convention organizes MERGE. Youth Ministries Specialist Doug Couch said MERGE is a program...

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Another Lottery Winner in Toccoa

July 25, 2013

Toccoa sees its second large lottery winner in a matter of weeks. The Georgia Lottery said that 66-year-old Patricia Jackson has won a $400,000 top prize on the “$400,000 Bonanza” instant game. She claimed her prize recently at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth. Jackson purchased the winning ticket at a South Big...

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Title I Meeting Today for Stephens Co. Schools

July 25, 2013

The Stephens County School System will host a meeting today to discuss the school system’s Title I plans for the upcoming school year. According to an announcement from the school system, the meeting is open and for all parents of students at eligible Title I schools. Stephens County’s three Title I schools are Toccoa...

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Almond St. Home Damaged in Tuesday Fire in Toccoa

July 24, 2013

Authorities are investigating a fire Tuesday in Toccoa. Toccoa Fire Department crews were called to an Almond Street residence on Tuesday evening, just a little after 6 p.m., in reference to a fully involved house fire. According to Toccoa Fire Chief Tommy Ayers, a fire had started in the front area of the home...

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Stephens Co. Millage Rate Remains Unchanged

July 24, 2013

Stephens County Commissioners approve the county’s millage rate for this year. Tuesday, county commissioners voted 3-2 to keep the county’s millage rate at 11.32 mills for another year. Chairman Stanley London, and Commissioners Dean Scarborough and Harold Andrews voted for the millage rate, while Commissioners Dennis Bell and Debbie Whitlock voted against it. Scarborough,...

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