Area Lakes Remain Well Below Full Pool

Despite the storms we’ve had over the past week, Lakes Hartwell and Thurmond remain in Drought Trigger Level One.  The U.S. Corps of Engineers Savannah District office says the lake levels at both lakes remain well below full pool. As of Monday, Lake Hartwell’s lake level stood at 656.21 feet mean sea level. That’s four feet below full pool. Lake […]

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Counterfeit Bills Showing Up Locally

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Local businesses are advised to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills. According to reports from the Toccoa Police Department counterfeit bills have been used at least four times within the past couple of weeks. According to the reports, the Toccoa Police Department has had calls and recognized counterfeit bills from $20 to $100 used at Toccoa businesses including Taco […]

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Body Found in Lavonia Home

Lavonia police have discovered a body inside a home on Gilmer St. off Bear Creek Road. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said his office received a call for a welfare check at the residence earlier this afternoon. “The individual was down on the ground and possibly had head injuries,” Carlisle said. “Upon arrival officers determined the situation was not a […]

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Boat Explosion Injures Five

Five persons were injured after a boat explosion on Lake Hartwell yesterday. Corporal Craig Fulghum of the Department of Natural Resources says the incident occurred just before 3p Sunday. “At 2:45 pm we received a call from Hart County 911 in reference to a boat explosion that happened around old Highway 29 on Lake Hartwell. DNR units along with Hart County […]

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Ga. Power Payment Center in Toccoa To Close in Oct.

Georgia Power said it will close its business office in Toccoa this Fall. According to a statement from the company, starting in mid-October, Georgia Power will operate 27 business offices across the state with 2 to 3 business offices in each region. These 27 offices are the busiest in the state with the majority handling more than 100,000 customer transactions […]

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Toccoa, Stephens Co. Commissions Set to Meet This Week

Two local boards are meeting at the start of this week. First, Toccoa City Commissioners are meeting today and then Stephens County Commissioners will meet tomorrow. Toccoa City Commissioners meet at 5 p.m. today at Toccoa City Hall. During today’s city commission meeting, Toccoa Commissioners are scheduled to establish the 2016 millage rate for city taxpayers. Also, the city commission […]

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Sequoia Trail Residents Want County To Take Road Over

Some residents in the Lake Harbor Shores community are asking Stephens County Commissioners to take over a road in order to help them get city water. The residents have requested that the county commission take over Sequoia Trail. Stephens County Commissioners considered the request at their meeting on July 26. After hearing the request, Stephens County Commissioner Debbie Whitlock said […]

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Collins to Hold Veterans Benefits Fair

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins will hold a veterans benefits fair in northeast Georgia later this week. Collins will hold such a fair in Hartwell on Wednesday. The fair will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Hartwell Adult Learning Center on Benson Street in Hartwell. Collins said representatives from his Constituent Services staff and the Veterans […]

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Mellichamp Performs in London

A 40-year dream comes true for Piedmont College President James F. Mellichamp. Last month, Mellichamp performed an organ concert at the famed Westminster Abbey in London, England. Mellichamp has performed around the world, but he said nothing matched the thrill of the recent concert, which was part of the Abbey’s weekly Sunday concert series. He said playing at the Abbey […]

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Hart Co. Teen Honored For Saving Life

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A Hart County teen is honored for his heroic efforts that saved the lives of a Hartwell couple from their burning vehicle. Recently, 18-year old Ty’rondick Thomas of Hartwell was honored by Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland and the Hart County Sheriff’s Office with a plaque for his bravery. According to Cleveland, the wreck […]

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