No One Hurt in Ga. 365 Truck Fire

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Nobody is hurt after a truck catches on fire along a Stephens County highway. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it occurred Wednesday afternoon on Georgia Highway 365 near Rock Road. That is near the Stephens County-Habersham County line. Carnes Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jody Marcus said crews from his department responded and quickly put out the fire. Marcus […]

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Progress Continues At ASI Expansion

ASI Southeast’s ongoing expansion in Stephens County is on pace to open before next March. In a press release Tuesday, the company says that over 91,000 cubic yards of dirt and a fair amount of rock have been moved and construction has been underway since earlier this year on the 112,000 square foot building. Stephens County Development Authority Chairman Brian […]

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Chamber Gets Four Stars

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce once again places itself among the top Chambers in the country. Recently, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce announced that it had received its four-star accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce. That comes after a comprehensive self-review of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce’s policies, organizational procedures, and impact on the community. […]

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SCHS Splits Basketball With White Co.

The Stephens County Lady Indians won their first game of the season Tuesday night. After losing a 14-point lead in the second quarter, the Lady Indians managed to hold on to a 60-55 win over the Lady Warriors of White County at the Currahee Arena in Toccoa. Stephens County led 25-19 at the half, but White County stormed back and […]

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GHSA Releases New Region Alignments


Proposed regions released Tuesday by the Georgia High School Association would keep Stephens County in Region 8-AAAA, but that region will look a lot different. The new regions will take effect starting in the 2016-2017 school year. Stephens County was placed in a six-team Region 8-AAAA. Joining Stephens County is Jefferson, North Oconee, Oconee County, St. Pius X, and Madison […]

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Lavonia Marks Betty Vandiver Day

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Georgia has a new special day in honor of a special lady from Lavonia. The Georgia Municipal Association has proclaimed December 1st, Betty Vandiver Day in honor of the former First Lady of Georgia and longtime Lavonia resident. Vandiver is being honored Statewide for her work establishing the Mayor’s Christmas motorcade. On Sunday, a […]

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Stephens Co. Hires New Registrar

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Stephens County has a new Registrar and Elections Superintendent. Monday, County Administrator Phyllis Ayers announced that Bill Cochran of Toccoa would take over the position. According to Ayers, Cochran accepted the offer after receiving the appointment from Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Rusty Smith. Cochran was one of two finalists for the position that interviewed out of about 20 […]

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Three Arrested in Separate Traffic Stops

Traffic stops last month lead to drug charges against three people in the city of Toccoa. According to Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell, the stops occurred between November 21 and November 23. The first stop occurred around 11:30 p.m. on November 21. Jarrell said an officer conducted a traffic stop at the corner of Franklin and Arleen Streets because of […]

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Chase In Toccoa Leads to Charges

Additional charges are possible after a brief car chase last month in Toccoa. It occurred on the afternoon of November 23, just before 2:30 p.m. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on an individual on Big A Road who police knew was wanted on an outstanding parole warrant. However, Jarrell said the […]

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GSP Releases Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Numbers

Numbers are in from the Georgia Department of Public Safety for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. According to the Georgia State Patrol, 14 people were killed on Georgia highways over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend started at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ended at midnight Sunday. That is a total of 102 hours. Nine of those fatalities were investigated by […]

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