Franklin Co. Commission Considering Re-instating Health Insurance for Commissioners

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County Commission Chair Thomas Bridges said he wants to hear from that county’s citizens regarding whether the Board of Commissioners should re-instate a policy that provides county health insurance for the board. Last week, the Franklin County Commission voted to advertise their intention to re-instate the county health insurance option. In 2011, a […]

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Highway Named for Late Trooper

Georgia honors a fallen trooper from Stephens County by naming a portion of a state highway after him. Tuesday, officials gathered to officially dedicate a stretch of State Route 184 from the Jeanette Jamieson Intersection to 184’s intersection with Dick’s Hill Parkway as the Georgia State Patrol Trooper Edward “Eddie” Clifton Taylor, Badge #696, Memorial Highway. Taylor was a Georgia […]

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Franklin Co. Jail Escapees Back in Custody

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Two escapees from the Franklin County Detention Center are now back behind bars. The men escaped about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, law enforcement from several jurisdictions joined in the search, including the Lavonia Police Department, as well as canine units from Lee Arrendale State Prison, and officers […]

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GDOT Names New District Engineer

The Georgia Department of Transportation names a Cumming man as the new District Engineer for the 21 counties in northeast Georgia that makeup District One of the DOT. Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden recently announced the appointment of Brent Cook to that position. Cook replaces Bayne Smith, who now serves as Georgia DOT’s Director of Field Services, supervising operations in […]

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Vogel Stops in Stephens Co.

One of the two men running for the 9th District Congressional seat in northeast Georgia stops in Stephens County. Dr. David Vogel came through Toccoa Tuesday as part of his 500-mile bike tour of the entire 9th District. Vogel started his journey back on September 2. He said the trip is going well so far. “The only problem has been […]

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Collins Introduces ISIL-Related Legislation

Incumbent 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins is introducing a piece of legislation he says will work towards stopping and ultimately ending the threat of Islamic State terrorism. This week, Collins introduced the “End Financing to ISIL Act.” Collins said that act would require a classified report to Congress from the State and Treasury Departments identifying individuals in foreign countries […]

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Search Warrant Leads to Three Arrests

The execution of an arrest warrant at a Stephens County home on one person leads to the apprehension of three people in all. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office and the U.S. Marshal’s Office served an arrest warrant at a residence on Furman Street in Toccoa Friday seeking 27-year-old Timothy Mroz of Carter Drive in Toccoa on a […]

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