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Prayer Vigil Set For Christmas Eve in Toccoa

December 19, 2012

Members of the local community are organizing a prayer vigil this Christmas Eve to pray for an end to violence in the wake of last Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut. St. Matthias Episcopal Church is organizing the silent, non-denominational prayer vigil that will take place on Christmas Eve from 7 to 10 p.m. at...

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Wilbros Controversy Catches Attention of Atlanta TV Station

December 19, 2012

A local controversy is garnering big city attention. Fox 5 out of Atlanta recently aired a report on the Wilbros odor controversy in Stephens County. Wilbros, located on Rose Lane near Stephens County Middle School, has been at the center of controversy for nearly two years due to complaints of excessive odor from the...

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Magazine Recognizes Stephens Co. Hospital

December 19, 2012

A state magazine is naming Stephens County Hospital one of the top ten hospitals of its size in Georgia. In its December issue, Georgia Trend magazine released a special section ranking hospitals around the state. Based on that ranking system, the magazine listed Stephens County Hospital as the number 8 small hospital in Georgia,...

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Lavonia Mayor Wins GMRC Award

December 19, 2012

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia An area mayor is receiving regional recognition. Lavonia Mayor Ralph Owens was named the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission’s 2012 Elected Official of the Year earlier this month at the GMRC’s annual awards banquet in Gainesville. The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission covers 12 counties, including Stephens, Franklin, and Hart....

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Police Blotter

December 19, 2012

A Howard Road man is reporting a theft to the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report on file, the man told a deputy last Wednesday that someone had entered his house and taken $3,655 worth of jewelry, as well as $45 worth of clothing items. Meanwhile, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office also...

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Austin To Remain Toccoa Mayor in 2013

December 18, 2012

The Toccoa City Commission will keep the mayor and vice-mayor the same in 2013 for the city. On Monday, the city commission voted to appoint David Austin to serve again as mayor next year, while Andy Pavliscsak would continue to serve as vice-mayor for Toccoa. City commissioners in Toccoa vote amongst themselves to appoint...

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Toccoa Appoints New Municipal Court Judge

December 18, 2012

The city of Toccoa will have a new municipal court judge next year. On Monday, the commission voted unanimously to appoint Bob Sneed of Lithonia, Ga. as the new municipal court judge, which is a part-time position. He replaces local attorney Nina Svoren, who has served as the city judge for the past two...

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Stephens Co. Hospital Giving Employees Pay Raise in January

December 18, 2012

Employees at Stephens County Hospital will see a little more in their paychecks starting next year. Monday, the Stephens County Hospital Authority unanimously approved a 1.5 percent cost-of-living pay increase for the hospital’s employees. It takes effect in January. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said that hospital employees are deserving of the increase....

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One Arrested, Two Sought in Stephens Co. Burglary

December 18, 2012

One person faces charges and two others are being sought in connection with a burglary earlier this month in Stephens County. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the burglary occurred on December 4 at a residence on Trestle Ridge Road. “After meeting with the property owner, it was discovered that two floor safes...

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Stephens Co. Reacts To Connecticut School Shooting

December 18, 2012

In light of last Friday’s tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, the topic of school safety is again returning to the forefront. Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said that school safety is always at the forefront of everything the school system does. Whiten said that the school system tries to be proactive...

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