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Cat Castration Hearing Postponed

December 18, 2014

A Magistrate Court hearing over the animal cruelty summons issued against Stephens County High School teacher Daniel Hebert will not happen today. Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said that hearing has been postponed. Roberts said no new date has been set at this time. Animal control issued a summons to Hebert last...

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SCDA Approves Inducement Resolution

December 18, 2014

The Stephens County Development Authority takes a step to try to encourage an unnamed company to invest in the county. At a called meeting Wednesday, the Development Authority board unanimously approved an inducement resolution for industrial revenue bonds not to exceed $10 million in connection to something called “Project Sark.” Development Authority officials said...

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Meadowbrook Machine and Tool Expanding

December 18, 2014

A local industry is announcing an expansion. Meadowbrook Machine and Tool on the Clary Connector in Eastanollee has announced that it has started expanding its operations. Bill Cochran is Production Manager for the company. He said Meadowbrook Machine and Tool is adding more CNC machines to its facility over the next few months. “We...

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School System Agrees to Length of Proposed Lease For Old Toccoa H.S. Gym

December 18, 2014

The Stephens County Board of Education settles on a number of years for a requested lease extension by Evan Oglesby for the use of the old Toccoa High School gym. Tuesday, the school board voted 5 to 2 to base a lease extension on a 30-year term. Oglesby, a Toccoa native and former NFL...

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Georgia DNR Launches Annual Poster Contest

December 18, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Teachers and students across Georgia are invited to honor Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests by participating in the 25th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. The goal of the competition is to generate a greater knowledge and appreciation of Georgia’s diverse and increasingly threatened nongame wildlife...

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Cannery Decision Tabled Again by Stephens BOE

December 17, 2014

Stephens County Board of Education members again table a decision on whether or not to cut back hours and services at the Cannery. The school board discussed the cannery on Tuesday at its regular monthly meeting. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said budget numbers show a deficit of about $217,000 for the cannery...

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Fugitive From N.Y. Arrested in Toccoa

December 17, 2014

A man wanted on charges in New York state is taken into custody in Toccoa. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office worked with the U.S. Marshal’s Office to arrest an individual identified as Jesse Patterson in Toccoa on Tuesday. Shirley said that authorities found Patterson Tuesday at a Franklin Street residence. “They...

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Toccoa Names 2015 Mayor, Vice Mayor

December 17, 2014

The Toccoa City Commission puts its leadership team in place for the upcoming year. Monday, city commissioners unanimously voted to name Terry Carter as Mayor and Evan Hellenga as Vice-Mayor for 2015. Traditionally, the commission rotates the positions of Mayor and Vice-Mayor amongst the five commissioners on a yearly basis. Both Carter and Hellenga...

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Ga. Ag Commissioner Offers Winter Fuel Tips

December 17, 2014

As winter approaches, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black offers tips on how to properly handle and store fuel during the cold season. First, Black said people should purchase the proper fuel that is recommended for various engines and store it in proper containers. He said people should never store fuel in containers with...

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Jamieson, Dooley Spar Over Wilbros’ Meeting Sponsorship

December 16, 2014

The topic of Wilbros as a sponsor of a regional meeting again comes up at a Toccoa City Commission meeting. Monday, local resident Bryan Dooley again came before city commissioners. Last week, Dooley criticized Toccoa City Commissioner Jeanette Jamieson for getting Wilbros to sponsor a Georgia Mountains Regional Commission meeting in Dillard earlier this...

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