Royston, Lavonia Named Tree Cities for 2016

Two Franklin County towns were recently named Tree Cities USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Both the City of Lavonia and the City of Royston received that designation for 2016. According to the Arbor Day Foundation Web site, to qualify as a Tree City USA community, a municipality must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the […]

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Bank Robber Sought in Rabun County

In Rabun County, investigators with the GBI are asking for the public’s help to find and arrest a man suspected of bank robbery. On Monday, a black male entered the Rabun County Bank on Highway 441 in Dillard about 1p and demanded money from a teller. The suspect fled in a late 1990’s model black Ford Explorer. Authorities have released […]

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Toccoa Police Release Year-end Numbers

By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa Year-end numbers from the Toccoa Police Department show that 2015 was a very busy year for the force. According to figures released Tuesday by the department, Toccoa Police responded to a total of 2,186 incidents in 2015, an increase of more than 300 from 2014, when police responded to 1,857 incidents. Police did clear […]

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Franklin County HS Student Charged with Making Threats on Social Media Site

A potentially dangerous situation at Franklin County High School was averted Monday thanks to a concerned student and a quick response by the school and local law enforcement. According to Franklin County School Superintendent Dr. Ruth O’Dell, it started early Monday morning when a student found a threatening post by another student on a social media site. “Before school started, […]

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Hart BOC to Take Up TORCH Request Tonight

Hart County’s Board of Commissioners will once again take up the issue of whether to donate money to the non-profit group TORCH to help renovate the old train platform on Railroad St. Last month, TORCH president Mary Gidley came before the board and asked for $25,000 to go towards the renovation project in order to give the Hart County Farmer’s […]

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Toccoa Police Investigate Weekend Fatal Shooting

By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa Toccoa Police have released information on a fatal shooting over the weekend. 21-year-old Tomas Baiul Colbert of Toccoa died from gunshot wounds suffered in the shooting. According to Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell, it occurred early Sunday morning in the city. “At approximately 6:20 a.m., the Toccoa Police Department was called to respond to […]

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