Stephens Co. Seeking New E-911/EMA Director

Stephens County is looking to fill the post of E-911 and Emergency Management Agency Director. Current E-911/EMA Director Denny Folsom has turned in his resignation, according to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers. She said that the resignation letter did not state a reason. Ayers said that Folsom’s last day will be next Friday, April 8. According to Ayers, the process […]

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Police Looking for Missing S. Carolina Teen

Local authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing South Carolina girl seen recently in the Toccoa area. On its Facebook page, the Toccoa Police Department said that 17-year-old Tina Parker was seen recently in the Toccoa-Stephens County area. She has been missing from Lyman, South Carolina since February 27. Parker is described as a white female […]

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Mobile Home Taxes Due Today

Mobile home taxes are due today in Stephens County. Stephens County Tax Commissioner Dene Hicks said that those who pay mobile home taxes must pay those sooner as the due date was moved up a month due to a change in state law. Hicks said that for several years, that date has been May 1, but legislation from the state […]

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Annual County Health Rankings Released

Annual county health rankings are out for 2016. Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their yearly rankings of counties in states across the country by how healthy they are. In that study, Stephens County ranked 110th in health outcomes out of 159 counties in the state of Georgia. That is up […]

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Franklin Co. BOC Considering Social Host Ordinance

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County commissioners want more information before they make a decision on whether to institute a Social Host ordinance. At their work session Tuesday evening, the board heard from Carmen Westbrook. Westbrook is the Community Involvement Specialist for the non-profit group, Hearts for Families, which is spearheading the ordinance effort. Westbrook told the Board […]

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Go Build Georgia Scholarships Grants, Scholarships Available

North Georgia Technical College is offering $1000 scholarships to qualified students under the new Go Build Georgia High Demand Career Scholarships Program and encourages local middle and high schools to apply for funding up to $500 from the newly established Go Build Georgia Grant Program. The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce division recently announced the launch of the grant […]

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Wilkinson, Gasaway ‘Disappointed’ in Religious Freedom Bill Veto

Stephens County’s state legislators are reacting to Governor Nathan Deal’s veto this week of Georgia House Bill 757, the “religious freedom” bill. Both 28th District State Representative Dan Gasaway and 50th District State Senator John Wilkinson spoke to WNEG on Wednesday. The bill stated that pastors who opposed could not be required to perform same-sex marriages. It also stated that […]

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Hospital Celebrates New Practice

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Stephens County Hospital joins with the community to mark a new primary care facility in Toccoa. On Wednesday, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting and open house for the hospital’s primary care facility, which is staffed by Dr. Ginie Chan and nurse practitioner Shannon Chatman. Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said that the hospital is excited to […]

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Two Charged With Burglary at Tugaloo State Park

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Two Lavonia men are charged with burglary and drug possession after an incident over the weekend at Tugaloo State Park. Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas tells WLHR News the arrests came Friday. “Early Friday morning, officers observed a white four-door sedan with two males. The officers observed the rear seat of the vehicle to […]

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Woman Charged in Weekend Accident

A Stephens County woman faces charges after a one-car accident in Stephens County this past weekend. It happened on Saturday afternoon on Brookhaven Circle. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, 45-year-old Michelle Black of Martin was driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima north on Brookhaven negotiating a curve when the vehicle crossed the centerline and continued across […]

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