Franklin Co. School Superintendent To Retire

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County School Superintendent Dr. Ruth O’Dell is retiring. She made the announcement at last week’s Franklin County Board of Education meeting. O’Dell said it’s time to start a new chapter in her life and spend more time with her family. “As you know, I don’t really have family here,” O”Dell said. “My husband […]

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IRS Issues Scam Warning

The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers to watch out for possible fake charity scams emerging due to severe flooding this month in South Carolina and neighboring states. IRS officials said that following major disasters, it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. They added that such fraudulent schemes may […]

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NTSB Removing Wreckage From Plane Crash Site

The investigation is ongoing into why a plane went down last week over Lake Hartwell, killing all four people on board. Ralph Hicks with the National Transportation Safety Board said that crews were on the scene Thursday, attempting to extract debris from the crash site in a ravine on the Oconee County, South Carolina side of the lake. Hicks said […]

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DOT To Temporarily Close Yow Mill/17 Intersection

The Georgia Department of Transportation is announcing a traffic change that will start next week as part of the State Route 17 widening project in Stephens County. According to the DOT, Yow Mill Road will be closed at its intersection with State Route 17 starting next Thursday, October 15. Georgia DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said the intersection has to be […]

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Rivers Alive Cleanup on Saturday

Volunteers will gather Saturday for an annual Fall clean-up event in Stephens County. Saturday is the annual “Rivers Alive” clean-up in Stephens County, organized each year by Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful. KTSCB Executive Director Linda Scofield said everyone is invited to help. She said anyone wanting to volunteer should meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Yonah Dam Park. “Saturday, we […]

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Three Injured in Wed. Accident

Authorities said two people went to the hospital after an accident Wednesday evening in Stephens County. The Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol said that the accident occurred at about 8:08 p.m. at the Jeanette Jamieson Intersection, which is the intersection of the by-pass and Georgia Highway 184. According to the GSP report, a 2005 Kia Optima was traveling […]

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Next Hearing Date Set in Wilbros Civil Suit

A new hearing has been set in the Wilbros civil suit case in Stephens County. Judge Robert Adamson has called in attorneys for both sides for a hearing next Friday, October 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Stephens County Government Building in downtown Toccoa. Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck says that the hearing has multiple purposes. According to Ranck, the […]

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Today Is Fire Prevention Day

Today is Fire Prevention Day and officials say it is a good time to remember some important fire safety tips. According to the Georgia Arson Control Board, those tips include the following: Always be sure that you have a smoke detector that is working with fresh batteries. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If […]

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SCSO Announces Burglary Arrest

A Martinez man faces charges in Stephens County in connection to an alleged burglary. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office made the arrest in connection to a burglary on Shangri-La Drive where forced entry was made at the rear door of the residence and items were stolen. “Investigators working alongside a source got information a Martinez, Georgia individual […]

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