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“Economic Development Council Held at NGTC”

August 23, 2013

“Economic Development Council Held at NGTC” North Georgia Technical College’s Economic Development Department recently hosted its first economic development council. The meeting featured senior manufacturing executives and local school superintendents as participates. Georgia Power Regional Community and Economic Developer Rope Roberts headed the group as they discussed the issue of workforce development in manufacturing...

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Stolen Car from Dealership Leads to Car Chase

August 22, 2013

Stolen Car from Dealership Leads to Car Chase A stolen car and car chase across two counties late Tuesday night results in an arrest. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says it all started with a break-in. “We got a call of an alarm going off at Maypole Chevrolet. The suspect had broken a window...

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Hellenga Seeking City Seat

August 22, 2013

Hellenga Seeking City Seat     Another Toccoa Citizen has announced seeking a seat on the Toccoa City Commission. Evan Hellenga tells WNEG News why he has decided to run for the Post 5 seat. “I just felt honestly if you are not happy with some of the things that have occurred in the...

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School Starts Today in Stephens Co.

August 22, 2013

Today marks the beginning of a new school year for students in Stephens County. According to Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten, about 4100 students are scheduled to head through the doors of the county’s schools for the first day of classes today. Teachers began their planning last week and staff have been working...

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Sheriff Issues Back to School Safety Reminders

August 22, 2013

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley is urging motorists to use caution as buses and school traffic return to the roads with the start of school today. Shirley said he will have extra deputies patrolling looking for those who are not buckled up or who are not obeying the posted speed limits. He urged drivers...

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Ty Cobb Healthcare Plans Behavioral Health Unit

August 22, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Ty Cobb Healthcare has announced plans for what was once the Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston. Tuesday evening, Ty Cobb CEO Greg Hearn told the Royston City Council and Mayor David Jordan that Ty Cobb Healthcare plans to put a behavioral health unit there that would create 50...

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Armed Robbery Susupect Captured

August 21, 2013

A month long search for armed robbery suspect Rico Marshall ended Tuesday in Stephens County after a high-speed chase.   Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says Marshall was arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Franklin County.   “Last month he was charged allegedly with holding up an individual in the Gum Log...

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Stephens Co. Hospital Approves Budget

August 21, 2013

The Stephens County Hospital Authority approves a budget for the hospital for the upcoming fiscal year. Monday, the Hospital Authority unanimously approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014, which starts for the hospital on October 1. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said the budget totals just over $118 million and does not show...

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Toccoa Hosts Workshop on Poverty

August 21, 2013

Community leaders from Stephens and surrounding counties gather to learn more about the issue of poverty. Thursday, they gathered at the Gate Cottage on the campus of Toccoa Falls College for the “Bridges Out of Poverty” workshop. Travis Blackwell is a certified “Bridges out of Poverty” trainer and he led the program on Thursday....

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Corps Water Management Site Still Down

August 21, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Web site for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District remains down for now. According to Corps spokesman Russell Wicke, the water management website will remain unavailable for a few more weeks due to unexpected complications. Wicke said that it is a top priority for their...

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