Cornelia Man Sentenced on Murder Conviction

A judge sentences a Cornelia man to a life sentence on a murder conviction in Habersham County. 54-year-old William Douglas Downer was convicted of Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Burglary, and Aggravated Assault last month in the death of Michael Larry Hill in Habersham County in August 2012. Last week, Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Russell W. “Rusty” Smith sentenced […]

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Royston Streetscape Work Starting

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The City of Royston is preparing to begin work on their Streetscape Phase III project. Last week, the City of Royston issued an advisory for citizens about possible road closures or delays when the project begins today. Royston City Manager Ed Andrews said motorists can expect construction and some closed roads in the coming […]

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NGTC Makes List of Fasting Growing Community Colleges

North Georgia Technical College was recently recognized in Community College Week Magazine as one of the fastest growing two-year colleges from the latest national data available from fall 2013 to fall 2014. NGTC made the list at number 13 for fastest growing colleges with enrollments between 2,000-3,000 students. Community College Week’s December issue released its annual special report highlighting the […]

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Toccoa Gets Grant for Schaefer Center Marquee

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Efforts to recreate and re-install the historic Schaefer Center marquee in downtown Toccoa are about to really ramp up. At Thursday’s Main Street Awards at the Schaefer Center, Fox Theatre Institute representatives were on hand to present the city of Toccoa with a grant check of $46,295 to be used to help fund the marquee installation. Fox Theatre Institute Director […]

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Main Street Awards Ceremony Held

Toccoa honors a number of businesses and individuals at its annual Main Street Awards ceremony. The yearly event last night at the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa brought city officials, downtown business owners, and others together to look back at the last year in downtown. Toccoa Main Street Director Connie Tabor said the city feels it is important to take […]

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Fire Thursday Night Near Lake


A structure fire at a Lake Hartwell area home brings multiple departments out on a Thursday night. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that the Big Smith, Martin, and Eastanollee Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a house fire at 47 Peninsula Court in Martin last night. Shirley said a sheriff’s deputy was first on scene and reported to dispatch that […]

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Stephens Co. Names STAR Student, Teacher


Stephens County finds out its STAR Student. Casey Dale Ramsey, a senior at Stephens County High School, is the 2016 STAR Student for the Stephens County School System. That was announced this week by the local STAR program sponsor, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce. Ramsey is the son of Ms. Lisa Ramsey. He said he was surprised to receive […]

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Stephens Co. Still Looking At Sign Ordinance

Stephens County Commissioners are going to get with another group to work on a possible sign ordinance for the county. Earlier this month, county commissioners began looking at sign ordinances in other counties with the thought of putting together a sign ordinance for Stephens County. Discussions on the issue continued at Tuesday’s Stephens County Commission meeting. County officials said that […]

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