Grand Jury Issues Murder Indictments

A Stephens County grand jury has issued a new indictment in the Tomas Colbert murder case. This week, the grand jury re-indicted Marqkeela Lawain Hill of Douglasville in the Colbert murder, adding more charges. Also, the grand jury has indicted a second individual in the case, identified in court documents as William Demetrius McElveen. Both were indicted on charges of […]

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City of Toccoa Holds 2017 Planning Meeting

The city of Toccoa is looking ahead to the upcoming year. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners and city staff met for a planning session to talk about priorities and goals for the year ahead. Toccoa Mayor Jeanette Jamieson said that it went very smoothly and she feels really good about the year ahead. “A lot of what takes place in 2017 […]

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Stephens Co. Man Wins Ga. Lottery

A Stephens County man gets a pretty big surprise for his 65th birthday. According to the Georgia Lottery, Thomas Herron of Toccoa recently won a prize of $500,000 playing the $500,000 Bonus instant ticket game. The Georgia Lottery said that the Royal Food Store at 2668 Mize Road in Toccoa sold the winning ticket. Herron said that he had stopped […]

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Cornelia K-mart to Close

A national retailer will close its Habersham County location by the end of March. Sears Holdings announced last week that it was closing 150 Kmart and Sears stores across the country. One of those is the Kmart in Cornelia, located at 365 Habersham Village Circle. Officials with Sears Holdings called the decision to close stores a difficult but necessary step […]

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Whitlock to Serve As Stephens Co. Commission Chair

The Stephens County Commission starts off a new year. Tuesday, county commissioners held their first meeting of 2017. During the meeting, the commission selected a new Chair and Vice-Chair from among the commissioners to serve for the year ahead. Unanimously chosen to serve as Stephens County Commission Chair for 2017 was Debbie Whitlock. Whitlock said she is honored to take […]

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Stephens Co. Chooses Legal Services Bid

Stephens County will continue to use the law firm of Sanders, Ranck, and Skilling of Toccoa for its legal services. On Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously voted to accept the bid of Sanders, Ranck, and Skilling and re-appoint them as county attorney. According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, the county received two bids for legal services. However, Ayers said the […]

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Two Injured in Lavonia Wreck on Monday

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Charges are pending against a driver who authorities say caused a wreck in Lavonia Monday night. It happened at about 7:30 p.m. Monday on State Route 17 near Grady School Road. Georgia State Patrol Hartwell Post Commander Sergeant Scott Andrews said a vehicle traveling north on Highway 17 crossed into the southbound lane. “It […]

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Toccoa Receives Clean Audit Report

The city of Toccoa receives good news on its Fiscal Year 2016 audit. Toccoa City Commissioners received their annual audit report at a planning meeting at Ping’s Grill at the Links at Lake Toccoa on Monday. Joel Black from the city’s auditing firm, Mauldin and Jenkins, presented the results of the audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30, […]

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