Fatal Fire Friday Ruled Accidental

An investigation confirmed that a fatal fire Friday in Stephens County was an accident. 67-year-old Gwendolyn Bohannon and her 39-year-old daughter, Amy Bohannon, died in a fire that occurred at a doublewide mobile home Friday evening on Linda Drive, which is off of Rose Lane, in Toccoa. Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said investigators revealed that the fire was the […]

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Stephens Co. Schools Discuss Maintenance Issues

At Thursday’s work session for the Stephens County Board of Education, much of the discussion concerned repairs and maintenance. One of the main issues brought forth by Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey was the leaking roofs of some of the older buildings at the Stephens County High School campus. Dorsey said that with board approval, he would like to […]

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Arbor Day Ceremony Held Friday in Toccoa

The city of Toccoa celebrated Arbor Day with an event Friday at the Toccoa-Stephens County Library. Toccoa Mayor Evan Hellenga said that trees are an important part of a community. “Trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen and provide a […]

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Donation Made To United Way By Oconee Federal

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a “Business After Hours” event at Oconee Federal Savings and Loan on Big A Road Thursday night. During the gathering, a donation of $7,500 was made to the Stephens County United Way from the Oconee Federal Charitable Foundation. Oconee Federal President Curt Evatt, along with Vice President and Branch Manager Pam Wright and […]

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Literacy Center Needs Volunteers

The Toccoa-Stephens County Literacy Center is in need of volunteer tutors. Toccoa-Stephens County Literacy Center Manager Billie Thompson said tutors are needed for specific areas. “We are desperately in need of volunteer tutors, especially in the area of reading and computer instruction for adult learners,” said Thompson. Thompson said that she would be happy to meet with any potential volunteers […]

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Famous Flames Plaque Installed

The Famous Flames are honored with a plaque. Thursday, the fifth historic plaque in the 2015-2016 series dedicated to downtown buildings was mounted at the Famous Flames display inside the Stephens County Museum. Bobby Byrd met James Brown when they were young men. Brown came to live with Byrd’s family and joined his group which sang both gospel and rhythm […]

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Arbor Day Ceremony Today

The City of Toccoa is celebrating Arbor Day with the community today. The Arbor Day Ceremony is being held at the Stephens County Library at 4 P.M. Thirteen Dogwood trees will be planted along Savannah Street and Sage Street during Thursday’s program. Since 1991 Main Street Toccoa has now planted over 279 trees in the Downtown Toccoa area. As part […]

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Funeral Sunday For Colbert

Funeral services for the victim of last weekends fatal shooting in Toccoa is set for Sunday. 21-year-old Tomas Colbert of Toccoa died from gunshot wounds suffered last Sunday morning at an apartment on Falls Road. According to Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell, Colbert had several gunshot wounds to his body and was transported first to Stephens County Hospital, then was […]

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UGA Researchers Look at Concussion Study

By:Taylor Jones WRBN University of Georgia researchers have announced a study to address ways to reduce the stigma surrounding concussions, an injury so commonly associated with football. Funded by a three-year, $400,000 grant from the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense, Julianne Schmidt, an assistant professor in the UGA College of Education’s kinesiology department, and Welch Suggs, an associate […]

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