By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia It should be smooth sailing on Lake Hartwell this weekend, despite lower lake levels. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Billy Birdwell said campgrounds and picnic areas are open this weekend all around the lake. “There’s so much you can do this weekend,” Birdwell said. “There’s water skiing, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking. […]

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UGA Farm Tour Lands in Stephens Before Taking Off for NE Ga.

Top state officials and the president of the University of Georgia take a farm tour of northeast Georgia. State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and University of Georgia President Jere Morehead were among those taking the tour Wednesday. That tour started in Toccoa as the plane carrying the officials landed at the Toccoa-Stephens County Airport before the officials headed out to […]

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SCSO Recovers Stolen Equipment In Rabun Co.

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office says it has found over a thousand dollars in stolen equipment in another county. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that in 2014, a Big A Road business reported that three commercial chainsaws were stolen from their property. Shirley said that the stolen equipment was then located in Rabun County with the help of authorities […]

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Investigation Continues Into Tuesday Accident

The Georgia State Patrol continues to search for the person who was driving a car involved in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Stephens County. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, officers were notified of a crash on Brookhaven Circle at about 1:47 a.m. on Tuesday. The GSP said that Senior Trooper Jason Stephens responded to […]

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Franklin Co. Consolidates Voting Precincts

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia When the November election rolls around, Franklin County voters will cast their ballots at one of seven polling places instead of the previous 13. The Franklin County Board of Elections recently voted to pare down the number of precincts to seven in an effort to save the County money. In years past, the proposal […]

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Toccoa Cuts Ribbon On Golf Course Today

It’s a big day today as the city of Toccoa officially unveils “The Links at Lake Toccoa.” The grand opening for the course is today after a year of work by the city to return the course to use after it closed late last summer. Today’s grand opening festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a ceremony to officially retire […]

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SCSO Arrests Man on Weapons, Drug Charges

A Toccoa man faces a host of firearm and drug charges after deputies responded to a Stephens County residence last week. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies with his office responded to a residence off Pinetree Road on August 27 in reference to a reported physical domestic dispute. “Once deputies arrived on scene, they observed a male later […]

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GDOT Ready for Labor Day

State officials are preparing for a busy weekend on the roadways this weekend. It is the Labor Day weekend and AAA says that 35.5 million Americans will hit the roads and travel more than 50 miles from home this weekend. That is the highest number since 2008 and up 1 percent from last year. With that in mind, the Georgia […]

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No New Qualifiers in Stephens Co. Tuesday

Day two of municipal qualifying in Toccoa and Martin brings no new candidates. Neither Toccoa City Clerk Fredda Wheeler nor the Stephens County Probate and Registrar’s Office reported anyone heading into their offices on Tuesday to sign up to run in municipal elections set for this November. So far, only incumbent commissioners have qualified in both municipalities. In Toccoa, Terry […]

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