Man Arrested By SCSO For Identity Fraud

Stephens County authorities arrest a man for identity fraud charges. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a report of identity fraud that occurred to an elderly woman back in December. Shirley said that the woman told authorities that between February and December of 2015, a person suspected to be a relative used […]

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Franklin Co. Commissioner Expresses Concern over Zoning Ordinances

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County Commissioner David Strickland is concerned about the kinds of businesses that might be coming to Franklin County. At last week’s Board of Commission work session, Strickland asked that Franklin County staff take a look at the current zoning ordinances. Strickland said he is concerned about Franklin County’s lack of controls should a […]

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Stephens Co. Seeking New E-911/EMA Director

Stephens County is looking to fill the post of E-911 and Emergency Management Agency Director. Current E-911/EMA Director Denny Folsom has turned in his resignation, according to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers. She said that the resignation letter did not state a reason. Ayers said that Folsom’s last day will be next Friday, April 8. According to Ayers, the process […]

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Police Looking for Missing S. Carolina Teen

Local authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing South Carolina girl seen recently in the Toccoa area. On its Facebook page, the Toccoa Police Department said that 17-year-old Tina Parker was seen recently in the Toccoa-Stephens County area. She has been missing from Lyman, South Carolina since February 27. Parker is described as a white female […]

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Mobile Home Taxes Due Today

Mobile home taxes are due today in Stephens County. Stephens County Tax Commissioner Dene Hicks said that those who pay mobile home taxes must pay those sooner as the due date was moved up a month due to a change in state law. Hicks said that for several years, that date has been May 1, but legislation from the state […]

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Annual County Health Rankings Released

Annual county health rankings are out for 2016. Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their yearly rankings of counties in states across the country by how healthy they are. In that study, Stephens County ranked 110th in health outcomes out of 159 counties in the state of Georgia. That is up […]

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Franklin Co. BOC Considering Social Host Ordinance

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County commissioners want more information before they make a decision on whether to institute a Social Host ordinance. At their work session Tuesday evening, the board heard from Carmen Westbrook. Westbrook is the Community Involvement Specialist for the non-profit group, Hearts for Families, which is spearheading the ordinance effort. Westbrook told the Board […]

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Go Build Georgia Scholarships Grants, Scholarships Available

North Georgia Technical College is offering $1000 scholarships to qualified students under the new Go Build Georgia High Demand Career Scholarships Program and encourages local middle and high schools to apply for funding up to $500 from the newly established Go Build Georgia Grant Program. The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce division recently announced the launch of the grant […]

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