2015 Shows Increase in Rainfall From 2014

Rainfall statistics show that 2015 was a much wetter year than 2014. Here at the WNEG studios in downtown Toccoa, we measured 71.45 inches of precipitation in 2015. That is an increase of more than 23 inches of precipitation from 2014, when 47.96 inches of precipitation were measured in downtown Toccoa. However, 2015’s precipitation total comes up more than 12 […]

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Hartwell McDonald’s Closed To Be Re-built

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia One of Hartwell’s fast food restaurants is getting an overhaul down to the ground. The Hartwell’s McDonald’s will be torn down beginning sometime this week and totally rebuilt. It is owned by Terry Shugart, who also owns the McDonald’s in Lavonia, Franklin Springs and Elberton. Shugart said the current restaurant closed last week. “We […]

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Ga. DPS Gets Grant

The Georgia Department of Public Safety says it has been awarded a traffic safety H.E.A.T. grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for approximately $2.37 million to provide funding to continue the Georgia State Patrol Nighthawks DUI Task Force and Administrative License Suspension program. The primary goals of H.E.A.T, or Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic program, are to combat […]

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Work Continues To Lower Lake Levels

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said that the spillways at all three reservoir dams on the Upper Savannah River will remain open for several days as efforts continue to get water levels down to the winter guide curve. Late Wednesday night, the Corps’ Savannah office announced it would open the spillways […]

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Toccoa Man Arrested for Shoplifting in S.C.

Authorities in South Carolina say a Toccoa man faces shoplifting charges there after an incident over the Christmas holiday. The Oconee County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office said 42-year-old Alejandro Rodrigues Shropshire of Doyle Street in Toccoa was arrested on Christmas Eve night and charged with Shoplifting. According to Oconee County authorities, deputies there were dispatched to the Belk’s location in […]

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Inert Landfill Set to Close; Large Trash Bins Moving To Road Dept.

Stephens County’s inert landfill is closing to the public today. Today is the final day that the county’s inert landfill will accept waste as it starts the closure process with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. County commissioners made the decision to close the inert landfill as of today last month. According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, closing the county’s […]

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Rickman Sworn In As Judge

Brian Rickman is officially ready to start his service as one of the state’s newest Court of Appeals judges. The now-former Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney was sworn in to his judgeship in Atlanta on Tuesday by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Rickman’s term officially starts on January 1 and runs through December 31, 2018. The Rabun County resident was one […]

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