Toccoa-Stephens Co. Chamber Honors Gambrell

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The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce honors a long-time community leader. Thursday, the Chamber held its annual awards banquet at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa. This year, the Chamber presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to retired Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell. Presenting the award to Gambrell was 1st Franklin Financial President and CEO Ginger Herring. “Ed may […]

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Marquee Work Taking Place At Schaefer Center

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The new Ritz Theatre marquee for the Schaefer Center is going up. Installation of the new marquee began Thursday in downtown Toccoa as crews began hoisting it into place. Toccoa Main Street Director Connie Tabor said it is exciting to see the marquee becoming a reality. “The color looks like it is going to blend very nicely in with the […]

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Drought Lessens in Parts of Region

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Recent rains have eased drought conditions in Stephens County and other areas of northeast Georgia. According to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report released on Thursday, Stephens County has dropped from extreme drought back into severe drought since the start of the month. Also, most of Habersham County and far western Stephens County along the Habersham County line have […]

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Ga. Chimes in Hartwell Fish Consumption

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Last week, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources issued their 2016 report regarding which fish in Lake Hartwell are safe to eat. In their release, agents who tested fish in Hartwell lake said consumption recommendations for spotted bass from Lake Hartwell is no more than one meal per month. And in its latest […]

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Toccoa Police Arrest One For Credit Card Fraud

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One person faces custody after an allegation of credit card fraud in Toccoa. According to Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell, officers from the police department responded to Wal-Mart last Friday afternoon to look for a person possibly using a stolen credit card. “When officers arrived, Wal-Mart’s Loss Prevention pointed out a gentleman to us,” said Jarrell. “When we went to […]

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Wilkinson Responds to Trump Committee Appointment

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50th District State Senator John Wilkinson said he is honored to serve on the Agricultural Advisory Committee formed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “Just the fact that Mr. Trump would name an Agricultural Advisory Committee, I think it is an indication that he realizes the importance that agriculture plays in our country and important role it plays in our […]

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Hospital Buys New Equipment With Saving Money In Mind

A new piece of equipment headed to Stephens County Hospital should help save money for the hospital’s bottom line for years to come. On Monday, the Stephens County Hospital Authority approved the purchase of an arterial blood gas machine. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said this is a testing device that the hospital will be purchasing. “When patients come […]

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Clinic Honoring Paralympic Athlete McKenzie Coan

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The Toccoa Clinic will honor paralympian McKenzie Coan next week as she competes in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and invites citizens of the region to join the celebration. On Tuesday, August 23, the Clinic will launch a “memory book relay” throughout the northeast Georgia area celebrating Coan’s competition in the games, slated to begin September 7 in […]

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Habersham Co. Eligible for SBA Drought Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration says that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in agriculture and private non-profit organizations in parts of Georgia as a result of the drought this summer. This disaster declaration includes Habersham County, as well as Dawson, Fannin, Hall, Lumpkin, Towns, Union, and White counties. Under […]

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Wilkinson Named to Trump Advisory Committee

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50th District State Senator John Wilkinson is a member of one of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s advisory committees. In a press release Tuesday, Trump named Wilkinson as one of the 65 men and women on the Agricultural Advisory Committee. The Toccoa native currently serves as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee in the Georgia State Senate. […]

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