Toccoa Christmas Parade Winners Announced

The winners are in for this year’s Toccoa Christmas Parade. The Toccoa Woman’s Club announced the winners Monday from the parade, which took place Saturday afternoon in downtown Toccoa. The best overall entry went to Caterpillar. Meanwhile, the best school entry was the JROTC; the best church or civic group was Providence Methodist Church; and best other entry was the […]

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New Franklin Co. Manager Starting Jan. 1

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Come the first of the year, Franklin County will have a new county manager. At its regular meeting last week, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted to hire Elizabeth Thomas as the new manager, effective January 1st. In a called meeting last month, the Board voted unanimously to name Thomas as the sole candidate […]

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Stephens Co. Commission To Meet Today

Stephens County Commissioners will hold their only regularly scheduled meeting for December later today. The county commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. County commissioners will start with a public hearing to deal with a number of planning and zoning requests forwarded after consideration from the Planning Board. […]

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Sheriff Offers Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is offering some tips to try to ensure this season is a safe one. First, Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said people to need to drive safely when heading to stores and malls this Christmas season. He reminded drivers to buckle up when driving, carry a cell […]

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Toccoa City Commission To Meet Today

Toccoa City Commissioners are expected to make a decision on the future operation of the city-owned Pines Golf Course at their meeting later today. The city commission meets at 5 p.m. today at Toccoa City Hall. Over recent weeks, city commissioners have heard three different proposals for re-opening and operating the city-owned nine hole golf course off of Black Mountain […]

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Next Step Appears To Be Wilbros Appeal Decision

Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said the oral argument phase of the Wilbros’ appeal case before the Office of State Administrative Hearings is complete. The hearing took place last Wednesday and concluded Wednesday afternoon after about three hours of arguments in front of Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker. Ranck said the judge had a few questions on certain narrow issues, […]

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Nobody Hurt In Old Carnes Creek Rd. Fire

A Stephens County house suffers extensive fire and smoke damage after a blaze last week. Three Stephens County volunteer fire departments were called to the fire at a home on Old Carnes Creek Road Thursday afternoon at 4:12 p.m. Carnes Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jody Marcus said his department responded, as did New Hope and Tates Creek Volunteer Fire […]

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Victoria’s Sweet Treats Holds Ribbon Cutting

A downtown bakery celebrates its new location. Thursday, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Victoria’s Sweet Treats to celebrate its new location, which has been open now for a few months. Owner and Head Baker Tori Head said Victoria’s is a full-service bakery. “We cover everything, cookies, brownies, fried pies, custom cakes, wedding cakes, doughnuts […]

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ARC Sponsors Holiday Party

ARC of Stephens County held a Christmas party on Friday at the Family Life Center at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Robbie Nations is the President of ARC of Stephens County. She said that they hosted people from around the area on Friday. “Today, we are sponsoring a Christmas party for the Avita program and three more counties that are involved,” said […]

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Sheriff’s Office Gets GOHS Grant

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office will use a state grant to help with DUI education and enforcement. Recently, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded the Sheriff’s Office a grant of nearly $10,000. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says that part of the grant will allow his office to buy a golf cart, trailer, traffic cones, and DUI goggles. Shirley […]

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