Community Remembers Evelyn Gaines

A community is remembering long-time WNEG Radio and TV co-owner Evelyn Gaines this week. She passed away Tuesday night at the age of 88 years old. David and Michelle Austin worked for the Gaines family for many years at the TV and the radio station. “We had a lot of fun at the station,” said Michelle Austin. “Everybody there was […]

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Ivey Back From Presidential Address

Toccoa resident Brittany Ivey is back from Washington, D.C. after hearing President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress. Ivey said it was a humbling experience to sit in the Capitol building on Tuesday night to hear that speech and see everything that took place. “The experience was surreal,” said Ivey. “That is the best way I know […]

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Lightwire Theater Comes To Toccoa

A special performance takes the stage this weekend at the Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa. Lightwire Theater is in town to perform its rendition of “The Ugly Duckling” tonight and on Saturday. Based out of New Orleans, Lightwire Theater is a theatrical performance that uses music, lights, and dance to tell its story. The performers all […]

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All of Stephens Co. Now Back in Extreme Drought

Extreme drought has returned to all of Stephens County. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, the second-worst drought level on the monitor has moved all the way back across the entire county. Last week, only western Stephens County was in extreme drought, while eastern Stephens County was in severe drought. Statewide, nearly 9 percent of the state, up […]

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State To Talk Tourism in Toccoa

State officials are headed to Toccoa this month to talk tourism with local leaders. The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division has announced that a Tourism Product Development Resource team will visit Toccoa on March 7 and 8. According to state officials, Georgia Tourism’s resource team is a statewide initiative that provides communities with the resources needed to identify […]

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Toccoa Tables Taxicab Ordinance Change Proposal

The city of Toccoa tables proposed changes to its taxicab licensing ordinance. On Monday, the city commission took up a proposal for amendments to Toccoa’s Taxicabs Business License Ordinance. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said that they are proposing several changes to the ordinance. “The most significant changes are the requirement of a mandatory vehicle inspection, an illuminated taxicab marker […]

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Stephens Co. Denies Road Maintenance Request

A Lake Harbor Shores resident is trying to get three roads in that community taken over by the county so as to have easier access to city water. Donald Maule appeared before Stephens County Commissioners on Tuesday. He is requesting that the county add Tomahawk Trail, Apache Trail, and Navahoe Trail to the county road maintenance system. Maule said this […]

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Storms Rush Through Stephens Co., NE Ga.

Storms move through Stephens County, bringing wind, rain, and hail. The storms moved through the region Wednesday evening, bringing heavy rain and high winds. Along with that, reports of hail came in from throughout the county, with some areas reporting up to quarter-size hail and marble-size hail. There were also some scattered power outages throughout the area, reported in Stephens […]

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Powell Named to Committee

By Charles Robertson, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A Northeast Georgia state legislator is now serving on a national committee. State Representative Alan Powell has been chosen by State House Speaker David Ralston to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, or NCSL. NCSL is a nationwide bipartisan organization that seeks to: 1. Improve the quality […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Approves Poultry House Requests

Stephens County Commissioners will allow a plan for eight poultry houses on a Freeman Creek Road property to move forward. Tuesday, county commissioners approved a re-zoning request for William Hutto at 140 Freeman Creek Road to re-zone the land Agriculture Intensive, a conditional use permit to allow the poultry farm operation, and a variance request to allow two of the […]

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