Remains Found in Banks Co.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working with the Banks County Sheriff’s Office to determine the identity of human remains found over the weekend. Monday afternoon, Banks County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Carissa McFaddin said the remains were found Sunday by a realtor. According to McFaddin, the remains were found in a wooded area off […]

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Shirley Details Weekend Incident

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley is releasing details about a weekend incident that brought out his office’s D.E.L.T.A unit. Shirley said it started when deputies were called to a Currahee Ridge Road residence shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday for a welfare check. He said the caller reported that an individual was highly intoxicated and acting erratically. According to the […]

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Albemarle Losing COA Approvals, Facade Grants

The city of Toccoa is withdrawing all applications for facade grants and Certificates of Appropriateness for the Albemarle Hotel. Last month, the city sent a letter to Revitalizing Community Partners of Northeast Georgia, Inc. informing them that both had been removed. According to Toccoa Main Street Director Connie Tabor, the letter was sent at the request of both the city’s […]

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Mentors Needed in Stephens Co. For Students

The head of the mentoring program in the Stephens County school system said more mentors are needed. Nancy Ekback is the Mentor Coordinator for Family Connection of Stephens County. She heads up the mentoring program in the Stephens County school system. According to Ekback, that program serves students from Pre-Kindergarten all the way up through high school. “Family Connection of […]

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Becca’s Bistro and Bakery Holds Ribbon Cutting

The community comes together to celebrate a local eatery. Friday, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Becca’s Bistro and Bakery in Toccoa. Becca’s opened several months ago. Jeff Jones is one of the owners. He said they have a little bit of everything at Becca’s. “Our main thing is everything is fresh,” said Jones. “We […]

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Collins Introduces Sunshine Legislation

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins introduces a bill in the House he said is designed to curb back-door rulemaking. Recently, Collins introduced House Resolution 469, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, while Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced a companion bill in the Senate. According to Collins’ office, the Sunshine Act would inhibit the ability of federal […]

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DDA Meets With City of Toccoa Commission

Toccoa’s Downtown Development Authority says it has a lot planned for 2017 in downtown Toccoa. On Monday, the DDA met with Toccoa City Commissioners for an annual joint planning meeting. During the meeting, DDA members and Main Street Toccoa staff outline their proposed goals for the next 12 months. Topping that list is continuing improvements to the Schaefer Center, including […]

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Humane Shelter Gets Spay-Neuter Grant

A grant from a national business will assist with low-cost spay/neuter surgeries locally. The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter has received a $37,000 grant from PetSmart Charities. Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said the grant funds will help fund spay/neuter surgeries at the shelter. “This grant is designed to help subsidize the costs for Stephens County residents to get their pets altered,” […]

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City Fixes Thursday Morning Water Line Break

Toccoa city officials said Thursday afternoon that everything was getting back to normal following a water main break just off of Falls Road early Thursday morning. According to Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse, it happened sometime after midnight into early Thursday morning when it appears that a vehicle struck a fire hydrant along Rock Quarry Road. Morse said the vehicle […]

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