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City of Toccoa To Run Golf Course

December 9, 2014

Toccoa will operate the city-owned golf course as a city department and not lease out operations once it gets the course back up and running. Monday, city commissioners voted unanimously to continue down that path. The nine-hole, city-owned Pines Golf Course has been closed since late August when the previous operator told the city...

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Sewer Grant Being Pursued

December 9, 2014

Local officials continue to seek funding opportunities for water and sewer improvements along the Toccoa By-pass. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved a grant application to the OneGeorgia Authority to try to obtain $200,000 in funding to go towards expanding the city’s sewer system from the intersection of the By-pass and Big A Road...

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Toccoa Christmas Parade Winners Announced

December 9, 2014

The winners are in for this year’s Toccoa Christmas Parade. The Toccoa Woman’s Club announced the winners Monday from the parade, which took place Saturday afternoon in downtown Toccoa. The best overall entry went to Caterpillar. Meanwhile, the best school entry was the JROTC; the best church or civic group was Providence Methodist Church;...

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New Franklin Co. Manager Starting Jan. 1

December 9, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Come the first of the year, Franklin County will have a new county manager. At its regular meeting last week, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted to hire Elizabeth Thomas as the new manager, effective January 1st. In a called meeting last month, the Board voted unanimously to...

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Stephens Co. Commission To Meet Today

December 9, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners will hold their only regularly scheduled meeting for December later today. The county commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. County commissioners will start with a public hearing to deal with a number of planning and zoning requests forwarded...

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Sheriff Offers Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

December 8, 2014

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is offering some tips to try to ensure this season is a safe one. First, Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said people to need to drive safely when heading to stores and malls this Christmas season. He reminded drivers to buckle...

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Toccoa City Commission To Meet Today

December 8, 2014

Toccoa City Commissioners are expected to make a decision on the future operation of the city-owned Pines Golf Course at their meeting later today. The city commission meets at 5 p.m. today at Toccoa City Hall. Over recent weeks, city commissioners have heard three different proposals for re-opening and operating the city-owned nine hole...

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Next Step Appears To Be Wilbros Appeal Decision

December 8, 2014

Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said the oral argument phase of the Wilbros’ appeal case before the Office of State Administrative Hearings is complete. The hearing took place last Wednesday and concluded Wednesday afternoon after about three hours of arguments in front of Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker. Ranck said the judge had a...

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Nobody Hurt In Old Carnes Creek Rd. Fire

December 8, 2014

A Stephens County house suffers extensive fire and smoke damage after a blaze last week. Three Stephens County volunteer fire departments were called to the fire at a home on Old Carnes Creek Road Thursday afternoon at 4:12 p.m. Carnes Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jody Marcus said his department responded, as did New...

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Victoria’s Sweet Treats Holds Ribbon Cutting

December 8, 2014
Victoria’s Sweet Treats Holds Ribbon Cutting

A downtown bakery celebrates its new location. Thursday, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Victoria’s Sweet Treats to celebrate its new location, which has been open now for a few months. Owner and Head Baker Tori Head said Victoria’s is a full-service bakery. “We cover everything, cookies, brownies, fried...

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