School Climate Star Ratings Released By State

Most Stephens County schools get a four-star rating for last year. Last month, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2016 School Climate Star Ratings. The School Climate Star Rating System goes from one to five stars. All of the schools in the Stephens County school system received a four-star rating out of a possible five stars, except the Stephens […]

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Shubert Seeking New Trial

By Charles Robertson, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Attorneys for Brent Shubert are expected to be back in Franklin County Superior Court this week to motion for a new trial. In December 2015, Shubert was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder and concealing the death of another in the 2013 strangulation death of his live-in girlfriend 33-year old Bonnie Ann Cooner […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Denies Request to Re-zone for Personal Care Home

Stephens County Commissioners reject a proposal to re-zone property to put in a personal care home in what is currently zoned a residential property. Tuesday, the county commissioners voted unanimously to reject the proposal of Susan Lee to re-zone a N. Pinecrest Road property in Toccoa from Residential Single Family to Commercial Community Business District, following the recommendation of the […]

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Toccoa Votes to Extend Pool Agreement

Camp Fire Georgia will continue to operate the Doyle Street Pool for the city of Toccoa for the next several years. Monday, the Toccoa City Commission voted unanimously to approve a three-year agreement for Camp Fire Georgia to operate the city pool, extending what had been a yearly agreement between the two parties. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said he […]

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Toccoa Unveils New Historic Plaque

Downtown Toccoa unveils another historic plaque. The fourth historic plaque in the 2016-2017 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings was unveiled on Thursday, February 2 at Sherwin Williams, located at 33 North Sage Street. In May of 1963, the Toccoa Sherwin-Williams opened, serving as a downtown staple for the last 53 years. However, this building was not always a […]

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Circus Train Passes Through Toccoa

The circus comes through Toccoa one last time. Monday afternoon, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus train traveled through Toccoa and Stephens County on its way to Atlanta from North Carolina as the circus is shutting down after this, its last tour, in May. The train finally passed through downtown Toccoa around 5 p.m. after it was delayed […]

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Community Honors Lavonia Police Officers

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A community comes together to honor two Lavonia Police officers injured in the line of duty. The sanctuary of Lavonia First Baptist Church was packed with well wishers, local and state officials and law enforcement officers Saturday to honor and celebrate Lavonia Police Captain Michael Schulman and Officer Jeffrey Martin, as both officers were […]

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Stephens Co. Commission To Meet Tuesday

Stephens County Commissioners are expected to make a final decision on a proposal for eight poultry houses on a Freeman Creek Road property at their meeting Tuesday morning. The county commission is going to meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. The rezoning, conditional use, and variance requests from William Hutto for poultry […]

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