Remember Road Safety This Thanksgiving

AAA said that in Georgia, more than one million people are expected to travel by car this holiday weekend. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said that if you are traveling by car this Thanksgiving, keep safety in mind when heading out on the highways. “We would like to remind motorists that when they leave for their destination, they should make […]

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Scoliosis Screenings Next Month

The Stephens County Health Department will conduct Scoliosis screenings at Stephens County Middle School next month. On Thursday, December 10, health department staff will conduct scoliosis screenings for 7th and 8th graders at Stephens County Middle School. Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, screening is designed to find abnormal spinal curvatures among children in grades 7 and 8. Health Department […]

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Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Thanksgiving, for many, means cooking that big family meal. With that in mind, the National Fire Protection Association is offering some cooking safety tips for the holiday. The National Fire Protection Association says that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, noting that in 2013, there were 1,550 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day, 230 percent above the […]

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NGTC Photography Students Win Awards

North Georgia Technical College photography students were top winners at the Georgia Professional Photographers Association state convention in September held at Jekyll Island. Students Jordan Thomas received the Student Photographer of the Year Award and Frank Zayas earned second place in landscape. Meanwhile, North Georgia Technical College Professional Lab Assistant Georgia Zumwalt won first place in commercial and portrait of a woman; the Dick Dickerson Award for […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Agrees to Fund Additional Public Defender

Stephens County will contribute additional funding to the Mountain Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s office to add a new attorney’s position. On Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners voted unanimously to provide the funding for the position starting in January. Chief Public Defender Drew Powell appeared before Stephens County Commissioners to make the request on Tuesday. He said that if his office does […]

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Arrest Made in Martin Burglary

A Stephens County woman is charged in connection with an alleged burglary in Martin this week. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it started when deputies were summoned to a coin laundry on North Red Hollow Road in Martin in reference to a burglary in progress at about 11:20 p.m. on Monday. “Dispatch gave out a description of the suspect’s […]

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Authorities Announce Two Drug Arrests

Authorities are announcing a pair of drug arrests. According to the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, the first arrest stemmed from the search for a fugitive earlier this month. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office had been looking for 23-year-old William Brandon Vinson of Christine Circle in Toccoa for several weeks. Shirley said Vinson faced charges of hit […]

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Continuing Burglary Investigation Leads to Second Arrest

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said another person faces charges and his office has recovered additional stolen property in connection to an alleged residential burglary. In October, investigators with the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old James Richard Gibson of Martinez, Georgia and charged him with a burglary on Shangri-La Drive. Initially, authorities recovered several thousand dollars of items that […]

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