Former Piedmont ADA Charged With Theft

A former assistant district attorney for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit is out on bond after being indicted on theft charges. On June 2, 32-year-old Samuel Elias Skelton was indicted on thirty-three counts of theft by taking. The indictment was issued upon the conclusion of a criminal investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that started in August 2015. According […]

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Lavonia Streetscape Project Out to Bid

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The city of Lavonia is finally getting to move forward with its long-planned Streetscape project. At its regular meeting last Monday, Lavonia City Manager Charles Cawthon told the City Council and Mayor Ralph Owens he expects the project to begin soon. “We have a bid date of June 30th and we’re hoping to get […]

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Roof Work Underway At Toccoa City Hall

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Crews are beginning work on the roof at Toccoa City Hall. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said John’s Roofing is currently replacing the roof on the newer part, or the addition, at the back of City Hall, as well as the roof for the part of the building that connects the addition to the original building. Morse said that the […]

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Hot Weather Moving In

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The hottest weather of the year so far is headed to Stephens County and northeast Georgia. Temperatures in the 90s are forecast throughout the weekend with no rain and lots of sunshine. This weather hits as Stephens County and north Georgia is in drought conditions. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, all of northeast Georgia is in moderate drought at […]

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Remember Pets During Hot Weather

People are not the only ones affected by the heat, so are pets. Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said there are a few simple things people can do to make sure their pets stay safe in the heat. “You need to have plenty of fresh, clean water and they need to have shade and that is obviously outside, […]

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Body Found in Franklin Co.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia An autopsy will be done on the body of a man who was found dead in Franklin County last weekend. According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, the body of the unidentified man was found Sunday on property off Georgia Highway 51 in the northern part of the county. “The Franklin County Sheriff’s office […]

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Hudgens Urges Fire Safety For Older Adults

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging Georgians to be fire resilient following multiple fatal house fires involving our older adult residents over the last several days. Hudgens said the state has had four older adults die in separate house fires in Georgia since May 28, and all of the victims were over age of 69. He said […]

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Stephens Co. Publishes Proposed FY 17 Budget


An employee pay increase and more money for the county’s rural fire departments are both included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget for Stephens County. The proposed budget was published for public review this week. In it, Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers proposes a graduated pay increase for employees. The budget as written would give a six percent raise […]

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