Smoke Continues to Cover NE Ga.

Smoke continues to spread over Stephens and surrounding counties in northeast Georgia from wildfires to the north and the west. Stephens County Volunteer Fire Services Chief Jamey Gettys said that if people see flames, they should call 911, but otherwise understand the smoke will be a nuisance for the next few days. Also, Gettys said Stephens County is under a […]

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Stephens Co. Considers Court Fee Ordinance

Stephens County Commissioners are considering adopting a court fee ordinance. The county commission held a public hearing and first reading of the proposed ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday. According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the proposed ordinance would attach a court fee to several pleas and convictions in the county’s court system. Ranck said the fee would be […]

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Corps Waiving Day Use Fees Friday for Veterans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing its part to recognize veterans this Veterans Day holiday. Corps officials said that day use fees will be waived at Hartwell and J. Strom Thurmond projects for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and […]

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Lavonia Looks at FY 17 Budget

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The City of Lavonia had its first reading of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget this week. The Lavonia City Council held that first reading at its meeting on Monday. During that reading, Lavonia City Manager Charles Cawthon gave the council the details of the budget. Cawthon said it is a total of $5,809,138, which […]

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County Commission Extends Sign Moratorium Coverage Area

Stephens County Commissioners vote to extend the sign moratorium currently in place for the Georgia Highway 17 corridor throughout the entire unincorporated portion of the county for billboards. The county commission did that on Tuesday by a 4-1 vote. The moratoriums are in place while work continues on a sign ordinance for Stephens County Commissioners to consider. County Commission Chair […]

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Franklin Co. Election Results

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Voters in Franklin County turned out in record numbers this election. Of the 13,000 registered voters in the County, over 8,500 voters cast ballots or 65.60 percent. As expected, Franklin County voters overwhelmingly went with Donald Trump as their choice for the 45th President of the United States. According to the unofficial results with […]

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Local Residents Graduate Economic Development Academy

Two local residents are among the latest graduates of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Last week, the Board recognized Jeremy Spradlin and Christian Hamilton as Stephens County graduates from this year’s Region 2 Multi-Day Training Program. The Academy’s multi-day program, taught one day a month over a four-month period, includes training in the basics of economic and community development, […]

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Election Results for Stephens Co.

Current Stephens Co. results only (absentee by mail ballots and early in-person votes) President Donald Trump – 7682 Hillary Clinton – 1835 Gary Johnson – 243 U.S. Senate Johnny Isakson – 7281 Jim Barksdale – 1546 Allen Buckley – 346 Public Service Commission (Echols) Tim Echols – 7719 Eric Hoskins – 1288 State Court Solicitor Ann Pickett – 6101 Willie Woodruff – 3471 Constitutional Amendment #1 […]

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