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Wilbros Civil Trial Continued

May 15, 2013

The Wilbros civil trial will not start next Tuesday as was first scheduled. Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said Judge Robert Adamson has granted a continuance in the trial at the request of Wilbros in order to allow Wilbros to construct and implement an “in vessel” composting process. According to Ranck, “in vessel” composting...

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Stephens Co. Honors “Top Five”

May 15, 2013

Stephens County honors its “Top Five.” The annual Toccoa Rotary Club Top Five Banquet took place Tuesday night at Stephens County High School. The banquet honors Stephens County High School graduating seniors who have performed academically in the top five percent in their class. Toccoa Rotary Club President-Elect the Rev. Mary Demmler said it...

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Arrests Announced in Burglaries

May 15, 2013

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is announcing a number of arrests in connection to multiple burglaries. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the first burglary was on April 20 on Oak Valley Road and also included burglaries over the following week on Brookhaven Circle, Pine View Road, and Whispering Pines Road. Shirley said...

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One Dead, Two Injured After I-85 High Speed Chase Tuesday

May 15, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A McDonough, Georgia man faces multiple charges after leading authorities in two counties on a high-speed chase up Interstate 85 that ended in the death of one of his passengers. It happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday and began in Banks County when deputies there tried to stop a...

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Stephens Co. Holding Firm on SPLOST VI Negotiations

May 14, 2013

Stephens County Commissioners are holding firm to their call to receive 75 percent of the revenues if voters approve SPLOST VI this Fall. Representatives from the county, along with the cities of Toccoa and Martin attended a joint SPLOST VI meeting Monday at Toccoa City Hall. Avalon was not in attendance. During the meeting,...

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Stephens Commission Meeting Today

May 14, 2013

The Stephens County Commission will gather this morning for a regularly scheduled meeting and work session. County commissioners will start at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. At 8:30 a.m., county commissioners will hold a work session on the scheduled agenda items. Following the work...

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Ga. DOT Announces Area Road Work

May 14, 2013

The Georgia Department of Transportation is announcing road work for this week in Stephens and surrounding counties. In Stephens County, the DOT said that a crew will be sealing cracks that developed in the asphalt on State Route 365. Work is also scheduled in neighboring counties as well. The DOT said a crew will...

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Royston Receives Economic Opportunity Zone Status

May 14, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Over two years of hard work to be designated an economic opportunity zone has finally paid off for the City of Royston. This week, Royston learned that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has approved the city for Economic Opportunity Zone tax credits. Royston city officials have spent...

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Stephens, Franklin Counties March for Babies Kicks Off

May 13, 2013

Organizers kick off the 2013 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. A kick-off breakfast for the October 19 Stephens and Franklin County March for Babies at Tugaloo State Park took place last Wednesday at the Toccoa First United Methodist Church. The March for Babies raises money yearly for the March of...

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SPLOST VI Meeting Today

May 13, 2013

Representatives from Stephens County and its municipalities will get back together this morning to continue discussions on SPLOST VI. Stephens County representatives, along with representatives from Toccoa, Martin, and Avalon are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. at Toccoa City Hall for their second meeting. Those officials are discussing proposals for splitting and spending...

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