Stephens Co. Commission Holds Regular Meeting

Stephens County Commissioners approve a local resident’s request for a conditional use permit for his home based business. On Tuesday, county commissioners approved the request of Dustin Keeling on Virginia Drive in Eastanollee for a conditional use permit. Currently, Keeling’s property is zoned as a single family residence. Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said the permit would allow Keeling to […]

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Austin to Serve on GMA Board of Directors

Toccoa City Commissioner David Austin will serve on the Georgia Municipal Association Board of Directors. It was recently announced that Austin was elected to sit on that board. He was recognized at Monday’s Toccoa City Commission meeting. “One of the things that GMA offers is training for those of us who need training,” said Hellenga. “I found out that David […]

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Franklin Co. Commission Approves Water Rate Hike

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Water rates for Franklin County residents will go up in September. Franklin County Commissioners approved the rate increase during their meeting on Monday. Franklin County Engineer John Phillips presented the rate increase to the commission. “The Fiscal 2017 budget included increases in service revenue, one of which was the water system,” Phillips told the […]

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Governor Appoints Demorest Man To State Board

A Habersham County resident will serve on Georgia’s State Veterinary Education Board. Friday, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Gilbert C. Barrett of Demorest to the board. Barrett is the president and CEO of Farmers Exchange, an agricultural cooperative serving Northeast Georgia. He also operates a beef and poultry farm. Barrett also sits on the boards of directors for the Department of […]

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Toccoa To Stick With Whitworth

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The city of Toccoa will continue to utilize two inmate work crews from the Whitworth Women’s Facility in Hartwell to assist with city projects. Monday, the Toccoa City Commission unanimously approved a new one-year agreement with the facility for the use of two inmate work crews. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said this just allows for a continuation of what […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Meeting Today

Stephens County Commissioners will hold their first meeting for the month of July this morning. Today’s Stephens County Commission meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. A brief agenda awaits Stephens County Commissioners. First, commissioners will hold two public hearings. The first one is on an alcohol license for […]

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Arrests Made in Multi-County Theft Ring

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Two suspects are behind bars in the Franklin County Detention Center after a multi-agency search netted a cache of stolen items from three counties. The crime spree began in early June 2016 and targeted commercial businesses of the automotive trade, according to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Thomas. Thomas said officers with the Franklin County […]

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Collins Pleased to See House Pass Opioid Bill

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins said he is pleased that the U.S. House has passed a conference report for a bill to deal with the issue of opioids. Last week, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Conference Report for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. In May, the House and Senate passed their own versions […]

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Bridge Project Starting Next Week in Stephens Co.

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A road project will close a Stephens County bridge coming up next week. The closure will involve the bridge over Toccoa Creek on State Route 184, or Prather Bridge Road. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Katie Strickland said the work is scheduled to start a week from today. “The detour is scheduled to start July 18 and the road will […]

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