City Reports Sanitary Sewer Spill

Heavy rain received over the last couple of days is to blame for a sanitary sewer spill in Toccoa’s city system. City officials say that the spill occurred Monday just outside of the fenced area of the Ward Creek Liftstation. According to the city’s report, personnel located an overflow condition just before noon Monday. The city says staff immediately began […]

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Cleveland An Army All-American

Stephens County High School is sending someone to a top national high school football all-star game. Monday, representatives were on hand to officially announce that Indians’ senior offensive tackle Ben Cleveland has been named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The Army All-American Bowl puts together two teams made of the top high school seniors in America each year. Cleveland […]

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Hart EMC Gets Major USDA Loan for Upgrades

Hart EMC is one of six rural EMC’s in Georgia who will be receiving a major loan from the USDA to upgrade their electric and power service. The rural electric cooperative will be receiving over $25 million in loan money and another $526,000 for improvements to install smart grid technology. The USDA announced last month it is awarding loans to […]

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SCSO Announces Child Molestation Arrest

A Stephens County School System employee is facing charges in light of allegations of sexual abuse on a minor. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that 51-year-old Keith Foster of Toccoa was arrested last week and charged with Aggravated Child Molestation and Incest. Shirley said his office was contacted about the allegations on Thursday. “We were called into the case […]

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Indians Clinch Home Football Playoff Game

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A big fourth quarter gives Stephens County its first home playoff game since 2011. The Indians broke a 7-7 tie with 17 points in the fourth quarter and beat North Oconee 24-7 in Bogart on Friday. Stephens County’s strong second half came behind the running of A.J. Howard, Jackson Bell, and Tyrik Combs, who saw his first action of the […]

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FDIC Releases Bank Deposit Information

Total Stephens County deposits in FDIC insured banks continues a steady climb back to the 2009 peak of $344,998,000. In a report just released for results through June 30, 2015, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation shows the total bank deposits in the county total $283,829,000. That is an increase of $9,244,000 from last year. This report includes the deposits of […]

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Toccoa Costume Parade Winners Announced

The winners are in for this year’s Toccoa Costume Parade. This year’s 25th annual parade took place Friday morning in downtown Toccoa. The winners are as follows: Age 2 and under category First place – Ariana Shedd for “Cruella Deville and 101 Dalmatians” Second place – Hudson Hall for “Donald Trump” Third place – Vivienne Carvin for “Elephant in circus” […]

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Collins Comments on Ryan Becoming House Speaker

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins has issued a statement on the election of Representative Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. The Hall County Republican joined the rest of the Georgia delegation in voting for Ryan on the House floor Thursday when the Wisconsin representative was elected to replace John Boehner as the House Speaker. Collins said he looks […]

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Downtown Toccoa Art Studio Holds Ribbon Cutting

Officials and community leaders welcome a new business to downtown Toccoa. Master’s Touch Artworks held a Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting on Thursday at its location on Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa. Charles Osborne and his wife, Linda, own Master’s Touch Artworks. He said they have a variety of artwork from many different artists on display. “Everything from fine […]

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