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SCDA Approves FY 16 Budget

July 10, 2015

The Stephens County Development Authority approves its budget for Fiscal Year 2016. Thursday, the Development Authority approved the budget for the fiscal year that started July 1 and runs through June 30, 2016. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said this year’s budget is nearly identical to last year’s. “Year to year,...

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HPC Rejects COA Request

July 10, 2015

Toccoa’s Historic Preservation Commission rejects a Certificate of Appropriateness request for a downtown building. Last week, the HPC considered Robert Crumley’s request to perform major exterior building renovations to the former Green’s Department Store at 26 Doyle Street. Back in May, the HPC met with Crumley on the property and gave preliminary approval for...

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Franklin BOC Agrees to Borrow to Make Ends Meet

July 10, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County will borrow the money it needs to meet its obligations through the end of the year. The Board of Commissioners signed off on the plan at their regular meeting last night in Carnesville. During their work session last week, County Manager Beth Thomas told the board...

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Homer Murder Victim Identified

July 10, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Banks County officials have released the identity of a murder victim found in home in Homer last week. According to Banks County Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Carrissa McFaddin, the victim is identified as Sonya Gale Phelps, 48, of Homer. McFaddin said Phelps died from ligature strangulation and blunt force...

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NGTC Students Participate at National SkillsUSA Event

July 10, 2015

A number of area students at North Georgia Technical College are back after competing in a national competition. Nine North Georgia Tech students recently traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skill Conference. NGTC’s Brad Budd of Hephzibah garnered a Silver medal in Photography and Michelle Brewer of Clayton...

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Ride Strong Event Leaves This Morning

July 10, 2015

More than a dozen cyclists will leave Toccoa today and head to Vidalia. It is the first “Ride-Strong” event. The riders are going to Vidalia from Toccoa to raise funds and awareness for the Paul Anderson Park and the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Organizers said the ride honors the legacy of Paul Anderson, who...

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Stephens Co. Eliminates Magistrate Court Clerk Positions; Clerk of Court’s Office Takes Over Work

July 9, 2015

Stephens County officials are announcing a change in operations regarding the county’s Magistrate Court. According to County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, the county has chosen to assign the clerks’ work for the Magistrate Court to the Stephens County Clerk of Court’s Office, rather than have separate Magistrate Court clerks. Ayers said that move affects two...

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21 Dogs Seized From Home; Identity of Owner Released

July 9, 2015
21 Dogs Seized From Home; Identity of Owner Released

Authorities have released the identity of a woman charged with animal cruelty after authorities searched her Stephens County home Tuesday. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, 53-year-old Zina Cobb of Toccoa was arrested on Tuesday. Shirley said it all started with an anonymous tip to authorities. “An anonymous tip came into 911 that...

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Alleged ID Theft Leads to Two Arrests

July 9, 2015

A months-long, multi-agency investigation results in two arrests. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the investigation began back in April with a report from someone that their identity had been stolen. Shirley said the victim discovered his identity was stolen when he went to purchase a new vehicle. “As a result of what...

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Two Charged in Series of Thefts

July 9, 2015

Authorities have one person in custody and are looking for a second in connection to a series of thefts and burglaries from a Stephens County residence. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies from his office began investigating a series of thefts and burglaries from a vacant residence on U.S. Highway 123 back...

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