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BBB Offers Online Shopping Tips

November 26, 2012

Today is Cyber Monday, the big day for shopping online for the holidays. With many people shopping online, the Better Business Bureau is offering a number of tips to make sure that the online shopping experience is a safe one. Northeast Georgia Better Business Bureau President Fred Elsberry said that the most important thing...

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Holiday Travel Figures Released

November 26, 2012

The final traffic numbers are in from state officials for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. The 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period ended at midnight with 19 traffic fatalities reported across the state, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety. The Georgia State Patrol investigated 11 of the 19 fatal crashes that occurred between...

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Corps Makes Two Announcements Regarding Hartwell

November 26, 2012

The Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it is beginning seasonal weekend closures at the visitor’s centers at both Lakes Hartwell and Russell. According to the Corps, from now through February 24, the visitor’s centers will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Officials said that...

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Area Unemployment Figures Released

November 26, 2012

Preliminary unemployment figures for October show that Stephens County’s unemployment rose last month. According to figures released last week from the Georgia Department of Labor, the preliminary October unemployment rate in Stephens County is 8.9 percent. That represents a four-tenth of a percentage point increase from the revised September rate of 8.5 percent. The...

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Toccoa Commission Meets Today

November 26, 2012

Toccoa City Commissioners are expected to hold a first reading of an updated occupation tax ordinance at their meeting this morning. The commission is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today at Toccoa City Hall. City staff have been working on updates to the ordinance for several months in an effort to find an...

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Lavonia Train Depot Renovations Continuing

November 26, 2012

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Officials said that renovation work on the historic Lavonia Train Depot is costing more than first planned. Crews have been working for the past several months to take the building back to how it looked when it first opened in 1912. Lavonia City Manager Gary Fesperman said much...

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Police Offer Shopping Safety Reminders

November 23, 2012

The holiday shopping season is underway. Today is Black Friday, which means lots of people headed to the stores looking for deals. Meanwhile, tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. With stores expected to be full, authorities are reminding shoppers to keep safety in mind. Toccoa Police Department Interim Chief Tim Jarrell said there are a...

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BBB Offers Holiday Budgeting Advice

November 23, 2012

As the holiday shopping season gets underway, experts are also reminding people to watch out for unintended holiday debt. According to the National Retail Federation, American shoppers will spend just under $750 on average on holiday purchases this year. With that in mind, the Better Business Bureau is offering a number of tips to...

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Toccoa Christmas Activities Set for Next Weekend

November 23, 2012

Preparations are underway for Christmas activities in Toccoa. A number of events are scheduled for next weekend. They start next Friday, November 30, with ChristmasFest in downtown Toccoa between 5 and 8 p.m. Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said that this year, a Christmas Walk will take place involving three historic downtown...

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Holiday Travel Update

November 23, 2012

The latest figures show that Georgia has had four traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. To this point, the Georgia State Patrol said it has investigated 184 crashes with 75 injuries since the Thanksgiving holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period runs through midnight Sunday, for...

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