Unemployment Jumps in June in Stephens Co., Region

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Stephens County sees its unemployment rate jump in June. According to figures released from the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 6.0 percent in June. That is up eight-tenths of a percentage point from the revised May rate of 5.2 percent. This June’s unemployment rate is six-tenths of a percentage point lower than last […]

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Search Warrant Leads To Drug Arrest

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A Toccoa man faces drug charges after an operation conducted by regional drug agents. Last Friday, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office says it conducted a search warrant at an address on the 800 block of East Doyle Street in Toccoa with assistance from the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and Toccoa Police Department. According to authorities, the search warrant concluded […]

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Prayer Vigil Tonight in Downtown Toccoa

A prayer vigil first called for earlier this month by Stephens County Commission Chairman Dennis Bell will take place tonight in downtown Toccoa. Bell called for the event at the July 12 Stephens County Commission meeting in light of recent events across America. At the time, he said people need to come together and pray for the nation’s leaders and […]

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Summer Movies, Ida Cox Series Wrap Up This Weekend

A couple of summer series in downtown Toccoa wrap up this weekend. Today is the final day for “Summer Movies at the Schaefer Center” and Saturday is the final night for the “Ida Cox Music Series.” First, Main Street Toccoa will be showing the movie “Minions” today at the Schaefer Center. Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said it is […]

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GDOT, Waze Enter Partnership

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it has entered into a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free, real-time crowd sourced navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Designed as a free, two-way data share of publicly available traffic information, DOT officials said the Connected Citizens Program will promote greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for citizens […]

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Whitlock Reacts to Run-off Win

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Debbie Whitlock wins a second four-year term on the Stephens County Commission. The incumbent defeated challenger Kenny Yearwood on Tuesday in the Republican run-off for the Post Two seat on the county commission. According to the final unofficial results, Whitlock received 861 votes, or 65.48 percent, to Yearwood’s 454 votes, or 34.52 percent. Whitlock said she is happy to have […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Deals With Road Related Bids

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Stephens County Commissioners are moving forward with plans to pave three gravel roads in the county. On Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners voted unanimously to reject a bid from Colwell Construction Company, Inc. for setting base and triple surface treatment on Freedom Drive/Freedom Court, Wards Creek Road, and Swilling Road. According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, staff feels a much […]

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Hartwell Enters Drought Trigger Level One

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The three reservoirs on the Savannah River operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including Hartwell Lake, have entered the first drought trigger level. The Corps’ Savannah District office made the announcement Monday. Drought Trigger Level 1 is defined as below 656 feet above mean sea level for Hartwell Lake and 326 feet […]

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