Stephens Co. Unemployment Down in October

Stephens County receives some good news on the employment front for October. According to October employment figures released this week by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary October unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. That is down from the revised September rate of 6.7 percent and also lower than the revised rate for October 2013 of 7.6 […]

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Sheriff Announces Three Drug Arrests

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that continuing efforts of his office’s Crime Suppression Unit has resulted in three arrests on drug related charges. Shirley said the first arrest took place after a November 1 traffic stop on West Currahee Street. “We stopped one vehicle and as a result, deputies recovered some methamphetamine and made one arrest,” said Shirley. The […]

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Holiday Shopping Season Starts With Black Friday

The holiday shopping season is underway across the country and northeast Georgia is no different. Today, of course, is Black Friday. That means lots of people headed to stores and malls not only today, but throughout the weekend. Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said that the roads will be busy with shoppers, some of whom will […]

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OSHA Cites Tenneco

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Tenneco faces the possibility of more fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA initiated the latest inspection against Tenneco after receiving a complaint alleging improper material handling and machine guarding hazards. Proposed penalties total $342,250. Also, Illinois-based Tenneco has now been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program […]

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Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Underway

No traffic fatalities have been reported to this point in Georgia over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. The official Georgia Department of Public Safety travel period for Thanksgiving began at 6 p.m. last night. It lasts for 102 hours, concluding at midnight on Sunday Last year during a 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 619 traffic crashes across […]

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Ga. Gains Jobs in October

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that Georgia moved up to fifth in the nation and second in the Southeast in over-the-year job creation in October, compared to sixth and third respectively in September. That is according to state rankings released recently by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the state office, those figures show […]

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“Mooseltoe” Coming to Toccoa

The Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa will host a special holiday play coming up next week. Main Street Toccoa and the Currahee Arts Council’s Performing Arts Series are hosting the show “Mooseltoe: A New Moosical” to the Schaefer Center on Tuesday, December 2. Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said they are looking forward to a great show. “It is […]

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Franklin Co. BOE Selects IE Squared Plan

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia When students start class in the fall of 2015 in Franklin County, there will be a new flexibility program in place. At their meeting earlier this month, the Franklin County School Board voted to go with the IE2 school plan. About two years ago, the State Board of Education ordered all school systems in […]

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Mountain Ed Center Thanks Community Supporters

Mountain Education Charter High School takes time to thank the community. The charter high school in Toccoa held a community support reception at the school last week. Cindy Matthews is a graduation coach and teacher at the school. She said they just wanted to show those who have supported the school over the past year their appreciation. “Without business support, […]

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