Ga. Poultry Industry Working to Prevent Avian Flu

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Georgia Poultry Federation is working to stay ahead of any outbreak of the avian influenza virus in the state. To help do that, it has launched a new campaign for poultry farmers called “All In or All Gone.” State officials said the program calls on all poultry producers and poultry farmers to practice good biosecurity measures all of […]

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Hunter Education Course Now Online in Ga.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has announced that the Georgia hunter education course is available completely online. That started on October 1, making Georgia one of 13 states to allow students to complete the hunter education course online if they choose. State officials said that this online opportunity improves the previous online option where students had to […]

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Investigation Underway in Fatal Plane Crash As Autopsy Information Released

Oconee County, South Carolina Coroner Karl Addis has released autopsy information on two of the victims of last Friday’s plane crash. Addis said that the pilot, 71-year-old Charles D. Smith of Warsaw, Indiana died of multiple injuries due to blunt force trauma. Meanwhile, he said one of the passengers, 44-year-old Scott A. Smith of Warsaw, Indiana, died of a fractured […]

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Downed Trees Was Main Problem With Weekend Rain, Wind

Stephens County and Toccoa city officials said that downed trees were the major problem this past weekend with heavy rain that moved through the area. According to County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, the county seemed to fare pretty well this past weekend, especially when compared to neighboring counties. Ayers said she feels the county was prepared before the rain and wind […]

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SCSO Arrests Two For Burglary

Two people face charges after they were allegedly caught in the act of burglarizing a Stephens County residence. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies were called to a Hayes Road residence over the weekend after getting a call of suspicious activity. “Once my deputies arrived on scene, they found two people and arrested them,” said Shirley. “They had […]

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Fire At Lavonia Business Sunday

Firefighters said it appears an electrical problem may have caused a fire to erupt at Morgan’s Hardware in downtown Lavonia over the weekend. It happened about 10 a.m. on Sunday. Lavonia Fire Chief Scott O’Barr said his station was quick to respond. “This morning we received an alarm through 911 of a possible fire at Morgan’s Hardware,” O’Barr said Sunday. “When […]

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Toccoa Starts New Historic Plaque Series

The city of Toccoa begins a new series of historic plaque dedications in downtown Toccoa. Main Street unveiled the first historic plaque in its 2015-2016 series last Thursday at the building that currently houses Watson Tire on South Alexander Street. City officials said this building was built in 1919 and originally housed Carter Wholesale. According to Main Street, Carter Wholesale […]

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Plane Crash on Lake Hartwell; 4 Fatalities Confirmed

Four people are confirmed dead by authorities after a plane crash Friday afternoon on Lake Hartwell along the Stephens County and Oconee County, South Carolina border. This weekend, the Oconee County, South Carolina coroner identified the four individuals who died. They are the pilot, 71-year-old Charles D. Smith of Warsaw, Indiana and three passengers, all of Warsaw, Indiana; 44-year old […]

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Currahee Military Weekend Wraps Up

Rain affects this year’s Currahee Military Weekend. This weekend, Toccoa and Stephens County hosted the 15th annual weekend that honors the World War II paratroopers that trained at Camp Toccoa. Because of the rain that fell throughout the day Friday and Saturday and even into Sunday morning, a host of activities out at the airport did not take place. In […]

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