DOT Ready for July 4th Weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is preparing for a busy Fourth of July holiday weekend. DOT officials say they expect very heavy traffic on the highways around the state this weekend. Spokesperson Annalysce Baker said that as always, the DOT will suspend construction-related lane closures throughout the weekend in an effort to help keep traffic moving in Georgia. “We are […]

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Independence Day Government Schedules Set

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Local governments are setting their schedules for the Independence Day holiday. Both Stephens County government offices and Toccoa City Hall are closed on Monday in observance of Independence Day. In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recycling scheduled to be picked up on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday. Commercial garbage will be picked up as usual, […]

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Franklin Co. Commission Passes FY 17 Budget

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County now has a new budget for Fiscal Year 2017. A final budget was presented to the Franklin County Commissioners at their work session Tuesday evening by County Manager Beth Thomas. Thomas said there were only minor changes made to the budget since her initial presentation and those changes did not impact the […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Gets Road Update

Stephens County road crews continue to make progress through the county’s priority list of summer roads. On Tuesday, Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers told county commissioners that county road crews were finishing up on Riverdale Road and would be moving to Wolf Pit Road next. This summer, the county set out to complete work on six roads deemed by commissioners […]

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Stephens Co. Fireworks Display Tonight

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Stephens County will mark July 4th tonight with the annual fireworks display. This year’s county fireworks display will take place just after dark tonight at the Stephens County Recreation Department on Rose Lane. The display is free to attend. Concessions will open at 6 p.m. 1st Franklin Financial is sponsoring the fireworks display this year. Also, the new 93.1 FM […]

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Commissioners Make Minor Amendments to Land Use Ordinance

Stephens County Commissioners make some minor adjustments to the land use ordinance. Commissioners unanimously approved a series of amendments to the land use ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the changes were designed to simply clean up the ordinance moving forward in the area of telecommunications. “These amendments were geared primarily towards removing the telecommunications […]

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Franklin Co. Man Sentenced in Child Molestation Case

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The son of Franklin County Commissioner Robert Franklin will spend the next ten years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts of child molestation involving a 13-year-old girl. Robert Franklin Jr. was indicted last September on two counts of child molestation, one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of enticing […]

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Franklin Co. Rape Suspect Extradited Back to Ga.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A Kennesaw man charged with the rape of an Emmanuel College student is now behind bars in Franklin County. According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, 19-year old Anthony Elijah Jones was extradited from Colorado to Georgia earlier this month. “Jones was arrested in the State of Colorado on March 28 for an outstanding […]

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Stephens Co. Approves FY 17 Budget

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Stephens County Commissioners approve the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the budget that takes effect on Friday. County Commission Chair Dennis Bell said he feels good about the budget that commissioners finally approved. “They have done an excellent job putting this thing together,” said Bell. “Teamwork. That is what it is all about is teamwork. […]

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