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Toccoa Native Completes Basic Training

February 18, 2015

A Toccoa native graduates from Basic Combat Training in the Army. Army Pvt. Tyrin K. Merritt has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. During the nine-week training period, the Army says the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat,...

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One Arrested on Drug Charge

February 17, 2015
One Arrested on Drug Charge

An investigation by local and regional authorities leads to a drug arrest in Toccoa. The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, and Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 Unit served a search warrant recently at a residence on Emily Street. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that search warrant was just one...

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Search for Missing Kayaker Suspended

February 17, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The search for a missing kayaker on Lake Hartwell has been suspended temporarily. Dive teams and rescuers from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Georgia Department of Natural Resources, as well as elsewheer canvassed the lake throughout the weekend in an attempt to locate 64-year old...

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Winter Weather Advisory Taking Effect Later Today in Stephens Co.

February 16, 2015

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Stephens County starting at noon today and lasting through Tuesday at 7 a.m. National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg Meteorologist Neil Dixon said, however, that most of the precipitation in Stephens County is expected to be of the unfrozen variety. “Fortunately, most of the precipitation that develops later...

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Wilbros Stay Hearing Called “Victory” By Stephens Co. Attorney

February 16, 2015

Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck called a hearing on the Wilbros’ matter with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Friday a major victory for the community. On Friday, a Fulton County Superior Court Judge heard Wilbros’ motion for a stay on the EPD’s administrative order revoking Wilbros’ solid waste and wastewater discharge permits while Wilbros...

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Stephens Co. Schools To Look For $2.6 Million More In Cuts

February 16, 2015

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said that the Stephens County School System must cut another $2.6 million from its budget in the next fiscal year that starts July 1 in order to push the need to borrow money back past July in calendar year 2016. Dorsey gave the Stephens County Board of Education...

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Public’s Help Sought In Search for Stolen Van in Lavonia

February 16, 2015
Public’s Help Sought In Search for Stolen Van in Lavonia

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Lavonia Police are asking for the public’s help to find the suspect who took a white van from a local health services company. According to Lavonia Police Investigator Captain Daniel Carson, it happened sometime Monday evening. “It was stolen between 4:30p and midnight on the evening of February...

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Stephens BOE Raises Cannery Prices

February 13, 2015

Stephens County school board members continue to debate what to do with the cannery. The Stephens County Board of Education discussed the cannery again at its work session and called meeting on Thursday. Last month, Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey announced that the cannery’s operations, after much discussion, had ben cut from 10...

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SCMS Marks Black History Month

February 13, 2015

Stephens County Middle School marks Black History Month. The school held its annual Black History Month program on Thursday afternoon. This year’s special guest speaker was Stephens County High School graduate Marina Woodruff. She used music to show how artists and singers of all races and styles today are influenced by famous black artists...

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St. Mary’s May Buy Ty Cobb Hospital

February 13, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Officials with Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center confirm negotiations are underway for the possible sale of Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center to St. Mary’s Healthcare System of Athens. Ty Cobb Healthcare CEO Greg Hearn made the announcement late Wednesday morning in a prepared press release. “Strategic discussions between...

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