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Man Pleads Guilty, Ending Child Molestation Trial

June 19, 2014

A Stephens County man ends his trial on child molestation by pleading guilty on modified charges. 79-year-old Byard Donald Charles pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Stephens County Superior Court, ending his trial, which was already underway. Charles pleaded guilty to one count of Felony Sexual Battery and one count of First Degree Cruelty to...

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Stephens Co. Receiving Sewer Expansion Grant from EDA

June 19, 2014

Stephens County receives some good economic news. Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration will give $1.42 million to Toccoa and Stephens County for water and sewer system improvements along the Toccoa By-pass. Specifically, the grant is funding expansion of the city’s sewer system from...

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Toccoa Rookie League Baseball Loses Twice At Sectionals

June 19, 2014

The season comes to a close for the Toccoa Rookie League Baseball All-Stars. The Toccoa Rookie League Baseball team finished its season in the Northeast Georgia sectional tournament this past week in Athens. Toccoa, who finished second in the district tournament to qualify for sectionals, lost its two games in the double-elimination tournament. In...

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Ty Cobb Medical Center Seeking Financial Partner

June 19, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in Lavonia is one step closer to finding a financial partner. In January, Ty Cobb Healthcare CEO Greg Hearn said the hospital was actively pursuing partnering with a larger medical facility to help shore up their financial situation. Last year, the hospital lost...

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Stephens Co. School System Still Working to Update Financial Numbers

June 18, 2014

The Stephens County school system continues efforts to get final financial numbers in order to move forward with the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. School system staff provided the Stephens County Board of Education with another Fiscal Year 2015 budget update during the board’s meeting on Tuesday. Finance Director Misty Cleveland told the Board that...

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One Arrested In Deer Chase Rd. Burglary

June 18, 2014

One person is facing a burglary charge after allegedly stealing items from a Stephens County residence. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says that it all started when deputies responded to a Deer Chase Road residence last Thursday, June 12, regarding a burglary that had previously occurred. Shirley said the deputy who arrived was told...

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Byargeon Pleads Guilty; Sentenced to 30 Years In Prison

June 18, 2014

A former Stephens County jailer pleads guilty to child molestation and other charges. Bobby Lee Byargeon of Toccoa pleaded guilty last week in Stephens County Superior Court to numerous charges, including child molestation, sexual exploitation of children, and cruelty to children in the first degree. He was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison,...

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Child Molestation Trial Underway in Toccoa

June 18, 2014

A child molestation trial gets underway in Stephens County Superior Court. Opening statements in the trial of Byard Donald Charles started Tuesday morning in Toccoa. That is after jury selection took all day on Monday. Charles is charged with two counts of child molestation, involving someone under the age of 16 years old. The...

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Lavonia Police Chief Warns of Social Security Scam

June 18, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle is warning citizens to aware of a possible Social Security fraud scheme. Carlisle said he was recently notified by the Social Security confirming his online account – but Carlisle said he never set up the account. He said he spoke to a Social...

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Police Blotter

June 18, 2014

The Toccoa Police Department responded to a Poplar Way residence on June 14 in reference to a theft. According to the report on file with police, a woman told police she had a Yamaha guitar that belonged to a friend stolen from the inside of her home. The incident allegedly happened sometime between the...

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