Arrests Made in Multi-County Theft Ring

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Two suspects are behind bars in the Franklin County Detention Center after a multi-agency search netted a cache of stolen items from three counties. The crime spree began in early June 2016 and targeted commercial businesses of the automotive trade, according to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Thomas. Thomas said officers with the Franklin County […]

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Collins Pleased to See House Pass Opioid Bill

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins said he is pleased that the U.S. House has passed a conference report for a bill to deal with the issue of opioids. Last week, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Conference Report for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. In May, the House and Senate passed their own versions […]

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Bridge Project Starting Next Week in Stephens Co.

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A road project will close a Stephens County bridge coming up next week. The closure will involve the bridge over Toccoa Creek on State Route 184, or Prather Bridge Road. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Katie Strickland said the work is scheduled to start a week from today. “The detour is scheduled to start July 18 and the road will […]

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Toccoa City Commission Meets Today

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Toccoa City Commissioners are set to meet for their first meeting of the month of July later today. That meeting will start at 5 p.m. in the commission meeting room at Toccoa City Hall. City commissioners have a number of items on the agenda for today’s meeting. First, the commission is scheduled to consider a work detail agreement with the […]

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Area Wendy’s Affected by Cyber Attack Earlier This Year

The Wendy’s fast food corporation says that the Toccoa franchise location was among those nationwide affected by the cyber attack that struck thousands of Wendy’s locations nationwide. Earlier this year, Wendy’s first reported unusual payment card activity affecting some franchise-owned restaurants and then it determined that malware had been located in the system and disabled. Wendy’s said that the cyber […]

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Oconee Federal Named “Best of Bauer”

An area financial institution has received recognition from a bank rating firm. BauerFinancial Inc. has announced that Oconee Federal Savings and Loan has once again achieved “Best of Bauer” status for earning and maintaining its highest, five-star rating for 25 continuous years or longer. According to Bauer, Oconee Federal Savings and Loan excels in a number of areas, including capital, […]

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Interviews Start for BOE Vacancy

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The Stephens County Board of Education begins interviewing candidates to fill the seat left open by the resignation of Jeff Webb from the board earlier this year. Webb resigned from the board back in April. Board of Education members heard from three of the seven candidates vying for the seat at a called meeting Thursday. First up was Patricia Chism. […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Sets Millage Rate

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The Stephens County Board of Education finalizes its millage rate recommendation for this coming tax year. On Thursday, the school board voted unanimously to recommend a millage rate of 18.3 mills for the school system for 2016. That is 1.45 mills lower than last year’s tax rate for the school system of 19.75 mills. Also, it is lower by one-tenth […]

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Currahee Farmer and Artisan Market Set for Saturday

An annual summertime event returns to the Currahee Club this weekend. Saturday is the 4th annual Currahee Farmer and Artisan Market on the grand lawn of the Currahee Amenity Campus at the Currahee Club in Stephens County. The Currahee Club is partnering with the Stephens County Farmers Market, Currahee Artists Guild, local businesses, and artisans for the event again this […]

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