WLHR Tower Falls, Sabotage Suspected

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The WLHR tower fell at 1:18 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2010.

The WLHR tower fell at 1:18 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2010.

Lavonia, GA - Jan 30, 2009 - At 1:18 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2010, WLHR-FM went silent when its tower fell. The station is owned by Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting Companies, which operates 13 radio stations in northeast Georgia, upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina. It is believed that one of the guy wires for the 284' tower was cut. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been asked to investigate the situation.

The property owner said her dog began barking that night and would not stop. The grandson of the property owner says he saw the tower fall as he was leaving to take a friend home.

There are no suspects in the case yet. The station has identified a possible temporary site in the county with a tower once used for a TV translator. Station officials say that a signal from that location would cover about 75 percent of the station's regular coverage area. For now, the station is only available via an online stream.

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