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Archery Deer Season Starts Saturday

September 12, 2014

As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, it is time to prepare for a favorite time of year for many hunters. Archery deer season gets underway Saturday in Georgia. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Officer Craig Fulgum said there are no major changes for hunters headed out this weekend. “The regulations...

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Rhythm Academy Celebrates New Location

September 12, 2014
Rhythm Academy Celebrates New Location

A local business continues to settle into a new location. The Rhythm Academy Dance Company held a Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting to officially celebrate its new location in downtown Toccoa on Alexander Street. Rhythm Academy Owner Dana Ott said that they still offer all of the same classes and programs in...

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Collins Introduces Bill to Suspend Visa Waiver Program Temporarily

September 12, 2014

9th District U.S. Congressman Doug Collins is calling for an emergency short-term suspension in the U.S. State Department’s Visa Waiver Program. He introduced legislation to enact that this week. Collins said the program, which is meant to expedite foreign travel for residents of United States and 38 designated countries, could be utilized by Islamic...

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Stephens Co. Approves Budget Increase for Public Defender’s Office

September 11, 2014

Stephens County will pay more in its Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the public defender’s office. Tuesday, the Stephens County Commission approved a Fiscal Year 2015 budget amendment of $3,023 for indigent defense. Stephens County splits costs for the public defender’s office with the other two counties in the Mountain Judicial Circuit, Habersham County...

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SCSO Announces Drug Arrests

September 11, 2014

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office says two people have been arrested on felony and misdemeanor drug charges over the last several days. First, Sheriff Randy Shirley said that on September 3, 58-year-old Phillip Wayne Curbow of Thrasher Drive in Toccoa sold a quantity of methamphetamine during an undercover operation involving the Mountain Judicial Circuit...

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Stephens Co. BOE Expected To Vote on Budget Today

September 11, 2014

The Stephens County Board of Education is expected to vote on its Fiscal Year 2015 budget at a work session and called board meeting today. The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. at the school system’s administrative offices on Mize Road. The total proposed FY15 budget for the school system shows nearly...

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Motorcycle Chase Takes Authorities Through Three Counties Tuesday

September 11, 2014

A motorcyclist reportedly faces charges after a motorcycle pursuit through Stephens, Franklin, and Habersham counties Tuesday afternoon. According to the Georgia State Patrol, Franklin County was in pursuit of a motorcycle and requested the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol. The GSP said the motorcycle was driving recklessly and with no regard for the...

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Habersham Grand Jury To Look at May Drug Raid That Injured Child

September 11, 2014

Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman said this week he will have a Habersham County grand jury look at the case of a child injured in a Habersham County drug raid earlier this year. The child, who was 19 months old at the time, was injured when authorities in Habersham County threw a...

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Algae Bloom Cause of Issues With Drinking Water From Lake Hartwell

September 11, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Most people in Franklin and Hart counties get their drinking water from Lake Hartwell, yet some are complaining about the smell and the taste. At the Lavonia City Council meeting last week, some customers asked when the taste and smell would improve. Lavonia City Manager Gary Fesperman said...

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Stephens Co. Commission Approves E-911 Equipment Agreement, Financing

September 10, 2014

Stephens County is moving forward with purchasing about $1.37 million in new equipment for the E-911 department. Tuesday, county commissioners voted 3 to 2 to approve two separate motions. The first motion entered the county into a communications system agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for the purchase of the E-911 equipment that commissioners had...

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