Collins Writes to USDA About Avian Flu

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins is writing the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the threat of avian influenza. This week, Collins sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that the USDA ensure all viable options are available to state, local, and industry stakeholders to prevent the spread of bird flu if highly pathogenic avian […]

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SCSO Announces Two Drug Arrests

Two people face charges after a drug investigation leads to a search warrant in Stephens County. Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office served a search warrant last Thursday at a residence on Hayes Road that stemmed from a multi-agency investigation. “For several months now, the drug task force and my drug agent […]

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Shubert Murder Trial Delayed in Franklin Co.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia There is another delay in the murder trial of Brent Shubert, the Canon man accused in the 2013 murder of his fiancé, Bonny Ann Cooner. Opening arguments were scheduled to begin Monday, but last Friday, Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White requested a continuance. White told Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Malcom that evidence relevant to the guilt […]

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Longtime SCSO Deputy Being Laid To Rest Today

Services are scheduled for today for a long-time Stephens County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Roy Lee McCurley passed away Sunday at the age of 69. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that McCurley served in a variety of roles with the Sheriff’s Office, including deputy and investigator, for more than 30 years. “Hired in 1985, he worked with not only my […]

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Toccoa To Vote on Sunday On-Site Alcohol Sales for Restaurants, Etc.

Voters who live in the city of Toccoa will head to the polls this November to determine whether Toccoa will allow Sunday alcohol sales for on-site consumption. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners voted unanimously to place the question before voters. The recommendation came from both the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control board and the city’s Downtown Development Authority. DDA Representative Clay Fisher […]

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Two Arrested in Habersham During Drug Investigations

Two individuals face drug charges as a result of investigations by a regional drug agency. According to the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the arrests were made last Wednesday and Thursday. First on Wednesday, regional drug agents and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office arrested 46-year-old David Goralczyk at his residence on Canterberry Trail in Mt. Airy and charged him with Manufacturing […]

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National Forests Ready for Fall Color

The U.S. Forest Service says it is ready for Fall color season. According to the Forest Service, a drier summer could mean that much of the Appalachian Mountains may have potentially spectacular Fall color. Forest Service officials said drier soils will likely result in more intense red Fall color and cool morning temperatures this month, along with clear, dry, and […]

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Banquet Honors Local Residents

Stephens County honors local leaders and legacies. Thursday night, this year’s Leadership Toccoa-Stephens County class honored five individuals at the 1st “Leaders and Legacies” banquet at the Georgia Baptist Convention Center in Toccoa. The goal of the banquet was to honor five people who grew up in Stephens County and have returned to stayed in Stephens County and made positive […]

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