Deer Quota Hunt Deadline Approaching in Ga.

The deadline is approaching for hunters in Georgia to get a quota application for a Georgia deer hunt. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, an online quota application must be received before midnight Thursday, September 1. Deer quota opportunities include hunts on wildlife management areas and state park lands, dog-deer hunting and adult/child hunting opportunities. […]

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Bell Re-Elected POAG President

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Stephens County Commission Chairman and Comer Police Chief Dennis Bell will continue on for another year as the President of the Peace Officers Association of Georgia. Bell was re-elected last week at the organization’s annual conference in Savannah. This will be the second year in a row that Bell has served as President of the Peace Officers’ Association of Georgia […]

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Shirley Urges Caution on New Ga. 17

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Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley is urging caution for drivers as the new four-lane Highway 17 opens up. Much of the road between Toccoa and Franklin County is already four lanes, though the area between Scott Road and Hayes-Wilbanks Road remains a two-lane highway. According to the sheriff, there have already been some minor accidents. Meanwhile, a final traffic shift […]

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Toccoa Cemetery Project Ongoing, But Nearing End

Work on mapping the Toccoa City Cemetery and computerizing those records is almost complete. Faith Bryan and Brandon Carlock from the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission appeared at last week’s Toccoa City Commission work session to provide an update on their project. They have been working on the project since June 2014. Bryan said that work is nearing completion and that […]

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Tennessee Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Lavonia

A Tennessee man faces drug charges in northeast Georgia after authorities arrested him earlier this month. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the North Georgia Drug Task Force and the Lavonia Police Department arrested 33-year-old Travis Shelton Courtner of Tennessee for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Xanax, Giving False Name and Date of Birth, and two counts of Obstructing […]

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SCHS Softball Edges Rabun Co.

A late comeback propels the Stephens County High School softball team to a non-region win. The Lady Indians came from behind to beat Rabun County, 2-1, at the Reservation in Toccoa on Monday. Trailing 1-0, Stephens County tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kayley Sellers hit a two out single to score Karly Smith. Then […]

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SCHS Volleyball Splits Non-Region Matches

Stephens County High School volleyball picks up another non-region split. Monday, the Lady Indians hosted East Hall and Johnson of Gainesville at the Currahee Arena. In the first match, Stephens County was beaten by East Hall in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-20. However, the Lady Indians came back to beat Johnson of Gainesville in straight sets in the second match, […]

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Stephens Co. Unemployment Goes Up in July

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Stephens County sees a jump in its unemployment rate in the month of July. According to figures released last week from the state Labor Department, Stephens County had a preliminary July unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, up six-tenths of a percentage point from June’s 6 percent. The July rate in Stephens County was three-tenths of a percentage point lower than […]

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IRS Warns of Student Tax Scam

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Now that school is back in session, the Internal Revenue Service is warning college students of a new kind of scam designed to get their money and their personal information. The IRS said impersonators are calling students pretending to be from the agency and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a “federal […]

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