Chamber Looks Ahead to New Year

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to the year ahead. Last Thursday at its annual meeting, the Chamber heard from both Current Chamber Board Chair Brian Akin, whose term ends on June 30 and Incoming Board Chair Greg Roach, who begins his year as chair on July 1. Akin said it has been a great year for the […]

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Toccoa Commission Meeting Tuesday, Not Today

There is a change in the schedule for the Toccoa City Commission this week from the board’s normal schedule. City commissioners will not meet today. Instead, the city commission will meet Tuesday for its first meeting for the month of May. Tuesday’s Toccoa City Commission regular meeting will get underway at 5 p.m. Meanwhile, city commissioners will hold a work […]

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Toccoa Celebrates Train Day

Toccoa celebrates National Train Day. Saturday, residents gathered to greet the Amtrak Crescent train as it arrived in Toccoa for its morning stop as part of the festivities. That wait took a little longer than normal Saturday as the Crescent was nearly two hours late, arriving just before 8 a.m. instead of at its normal arrival time of just after […]

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Lavonia Police Honor Two With Awards

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Two Lavonia Police officers are being honored for their outstanding police work. At the Lavonia City Council meeting last Monday, Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle presented officer Jason Roach the Golden Shield Honors Award for 2013 from the Georgia Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Roach received the award for making 30 DUI arrests […]

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TCSG Approves Tuition Increase

Tuition will go up for students in the Technical College System of Georgia starting this fall. Earlier this month, the state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia has approved the system’s request for a tuition increase of $4 per credit hour starting with the upcoming fall semester. When the increase goes into effect, students at the 24 […]

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TCSG Commissioner Speaks at Chamber Banquet

The head of the Technical College System of Georgia says a strong workforce is essential for a strong community. Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson was the keynote speaker at Thursday’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center. Jackson spoke about the importance of a community’s workforce […]

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Chamber Hands Out Awards at Banquet

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce honors a long-time businessman and civic leader. At its annual meeting and awards banquet Thursday, the Chamber honored J.B. Hudgins with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Hudgins has owned and operated a retail furniture business, served as Chairman of the Stephens County Board of Education, President of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, and as […]

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Early Voting Saturday at Government Building

Voters who can’t make it to the polls during the week for early voting will have a special opportunity to vote this weekend. Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said that polls will be open for early voting downstairs in the Stephens County Government Building on Saturday. “We have a Saturday voting whenever there is a federal or state candidate on […]

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National Train Day Saturday in Toccoa

Toccoa will once again celebrate National Train Day on Saturday. Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby says National Train Day is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of the railroad in American and specifically in Toccoa. Crosby said Toccoa will once again celebrate by gathering to greet the Amtrak Crescent train when it arrives at the historic train depot in […]

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Judge Reduces Award in Ayers Civil Case

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story has reduced part of the jury award given to the widow of Lavonia pastor the Rev. Jonathan Ayers in her wrongful death lawsuit against former Mountain Judicial Circuit N.C.I.S. Drug Team Agent Billy Shane Harrison. In a ruling issued last month, Judge Story reduced the amount of economic damages awarded to Abigail Ayers for […]

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