Stephens Co. School System is State’s 30th Charter System

The Stephens County School System will become Georgia’s 30th Charter School System. In a statement released Thursday, Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle congratulated the Stephens County School System on its successful charter school system application to the state. Stephens County School System officials made their presentation recently to the State Board of Education seeking charter system approval. School Superintendent Bryan […]

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Franklin Co. Poultry Farmer Killed in Apparent Farming Accident

A Franklin County poultry farmer is dead after an apparent farming accident. The Franklin County Citizen-Leader reported Thursday that 47-year-old Andrew Lalumia of North Canal Bridge Road in Eastanollee died of injuries apparently sustained in an accident with a hay baler on Tuesday. North Canal Bridge Road is located just over the Stephens-Franklin County line in Franklin County, off of […]

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Cause of Clarkesville Fire Ruled Undetermined

State fire investigators rule the cause of the downtown Clarkesville fire back in March to be undetermined. Investigators released the final report into the March 5 blaze on Thursday. Clarkesville Fire Chief Jerry Palmer said he thanks the State Fire Marshal’s Office, especially Investigator Brian Smith, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, for their thorough and detailed investigation. […]

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Man Says Dogs Wrongfully Adopted Out By Shelter

A man whose friends took his dogs to the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter while he was out of town wants them back after they have been adopted to new homes. Thomas Powell spoke before Stephens County Commissioners and the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter board on Tuesday. Powell says he recently was arrested for driving without a suspended license and spent […]

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Lavonia Police Capture Alabama Prison Escapee

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Lavonia Police have captured a prison escapee from Alabama. It happened Wednesday afternoon, according to Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle. Alabama authorities say 45-year old Stephen Lamar Vaughn escaped from the Decatur Work Release in Morgan County, Alabama at approximately 7:00PM Tuesday. Carlisle said his office received word Wednesday morning from Vaughn’s daughter that […]

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Toccoa Approves Pool Related Bids

Toccoa continues moving forward with construction of a new city pool. On Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved bids for both the construction of the pool parking lot and concrete work at the pool. The commission accepted a base bid of $37,840 from Thomason Construction of Toccoa for the parking lot and a bid of $24,800 from Concrete Specialist of Toccoa […]

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Stephens Co. Residents Speak on Proposed Tax Hike

Stephens County residents speak on a proposed tax increase. Tuesday, county commissioners held the first public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The county is proposing a Fiscal Year 2015 budget that includes a 2.85 mill tax increase on property owners. Resident James Thomas said he wants to know why the county waited to do one large increase. […]

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