Three Arrested on Drug Charges in Toccoa

Three people face charges after a drug investigation in Stephens County. On Thursday, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office conducted a search warrant at a Defoor Road residence. As a result of that search warrant, authorities say they arrested 68-year-old Theodore Swilling, 57-year-old Bobby White, and 27-year-old Justin Holland, all of Toccoa. Swilling was charged […]

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Unemployment Down in Stephens Co.

February unemployment numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor show good news for Stephens County. According to those figures that the state released last week, Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate in February was 5.5 percent, which was down six-tenths of a percentage point from January and four-tenths of a percentage point from February 2016. Stephens County also saw an increase […]

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Stephens Co. Resident Reportedly Involved in Fatal Oconee Wreck

By Dick Mangrum, WGOG Radio, Walhalla A Stephens County resident is involved in an accident in Oconee County, South Carolina that leaves one person dead. The accident occurred Thursday afternoon on South Carolina State Highway 183. According to South Carolina state authorities, the accident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. near the High Falls Express convenience store. South Carolina State Trooper […]

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Preparations Underway for “Toast of Toccoa”

Main Street Toccoa is getting ready for a new downtown event. The inaugural “Toast of Toccoa” will take place May 6 in downtown Toccoa. According to Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby, “Toast of Toccoa” will combine the annual Currahee Artists’ Guild Spring Art Show with craft beer and wine tastings and more. “We have five different wineries from […]

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Hart Co. Continues Archway Partnership

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Archway Partnership initiative will continue in Hart County. Last month, the Hart County Board of Commissioners approved the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Georgia to continue the partnership. Hart County Archway Partnership Liaison Anna Strickland told the board that the program has been successful in Hart County for […]

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NGTC Horticulture Students Participate in National Competition

North Georgia Technical College’s horticulture students earned top rankings at the 41st Annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in March. The NGTC horticulture team placed 21st nationally, maintaining the college’s Top 25 rank for five consecutive years. NGTC competed against 63 other schools from both two-year and four-year colleges and major universities across […]

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Indians Beat Jefferson

The Stephens County Indian baseball team managed to salvage the final game of its three-game series with Jefferson by beating the Dragons, 7-1, Friday night at the Reservation. Sophomore Davis Swenson tossed a four-hitter at the Dragons, giving up just one run, a solo home run to catcher Lane Watkins in the top of the fourth inning. Swenson is now […]

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Toccoa Updating Comprehensive Plan

The city of Toccoa is updating its comprehensive plan. Currently, the Toccoa Planning Commission has been meeting with the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission to do an update to that plan through a short-term work program. Toccoa Planning Director Connie Tabor said a comprehensive plan is something of a roadmap for the city to follow in the years ahead. “The comprehensive […]

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GDOT Restricting Construction-Related Lane Closures

Motorists traveling over the next several weekends in Georgia may feel some travel relief due to the restriction of construction-related lane closures statewide on Interstate highways. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Katie Strickland said that the DOT will be putting limits on those construction-related lane closures for Spring Break and Easter. “We are going to make the construction-related lane closures […]

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