Ward Found Guilty on DUI Charge

Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White is sounding off about a recent ruling by Superior Court Judge Chris Phelps. In a press release issued this week, White said the sentence handed down by Phelps to 40-year-old Derek Marquis Ward of Stockbridge was too light.  Ward was found guilty on Tuesday by a jury of DUI drugs and possession of […]

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Franklin Co. Might Start 2018 Year in Debt

Franklin County could start the 2018 Fiscal Year in the red. County manager Beth Thomas gave an outlook on the upcoming budget in this week’s meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners.  “Unfortunately there are quite a few increases that are going to be mandated or required of us,” said Thomas. “Taking those increases into consideration, I will start out with […]

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Historic Plaque to be Unveiled in Toccoa Today

Main Street Toccoa will be unveiling another historic plaque on a building downtown today. The dedication and unveiling at 80 East Doyle Street takes place this afternoon at 5 p.m. Main Street spokesman Christian Hamilton told WNEG that the building originally housed the Barron and Lawrence 5 and 10-cent store. The building was constructed in 1906, one year before the […]

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Stephens Co. Planning Commission Approves Requests

The Stephens County Planning Commission held its regular meeting Tuesday night in the courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse. Among the items the Planning Commission approved was the rezoning request from Timmy Thompson on Ridgeland Road in Eastanollee to rezone a little over three acres from Agricultural Intensive to Agricultural Residential, the request to construct new poultry houses on […]

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No Changes for Franklin Co. Rec Commission

CHARLES ROBERTSON, WLHR There will be no changes to the Franklin County Recreation Board at this time. A change to the county ordinance governing the current rec board for Franklin County was proposed in last week’s work session and addressed by Commissioners this week. The change would have abolished the current Recreation Commission said County Manager Beth Thomas. “What the […]

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Lavonia to Host Easter Event

Lavonia will be celebrating Easter with an event a week from Saturday. Marie Morse of the Lavonia DDA said the event is a joint effort. “We are sponsoring with First Foundation and we are going to have Easter activities at the Lavonia Gazebo from 10-Noon on Saturday, April 15,” said Morse. Morse said there will be many activities for children […]

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American Red Cross Asking for Blood Donations

The American Red Cross is encouraging eligible blood donors to donate blood this spring to ensure a sufficient supply for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country. Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used […]

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Representative Collins Defends Pease Air National Guard

U.S. Representative Doug Collins is responding to a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation that was recently lodged against Pease Air National Guard Base. The Base, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire serves as the 157th Air Refueling Wing of the U.S. Air Force. Freedom From Religion Foundation officials claim that prayers led by a chaplain at the base overstepped the separation […]

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