Stephens Co. Eliminates Magistrate Court Clerk Positions; Clerk of Court’s Office Takes Over Work

Stephens County officials are announcing a change in operations regarding the county’s Magistrate Court. According to County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, the county has chosen to assign the clerks’ work for the Magistrate Court to the Stephens County Clerk of Court’s Office, rather than have separate Magistrate Court clerks. Ayers said that move affects two positions specifically. “The cuts that have […]

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21 Dogs Seized From Home; Identity of Owner Released

Authorities have released the identity of a woman charged with animal cruelty after authorities searched her Stephens County home Tuesday. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, 53-year-old Zina Cobb of Toccoa was arrested on Tuesday. Shirley said it all started with an anonymous tip to authorities. “An anonymous tip came into 911 that dogs were roaming around, a lot […]

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Alleged ID Theft Leads to Two Arrests

A months-long, multi-agency investigation results in two arrests. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the investigation began back in April with a report from someone that their identity had been stolen. Shirley said the victim discovered his identity was stolen when he went to purchase a new vehicle. “As a result of what the victim was able to tell […]

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Two Charged in Series of Thefts

Authorities have one person in custody and are looking for a second in connection to a series of thefts and burglaries from a Stephens County residence. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies from his office began investigating a series of thefts and burglaries from a vacant residence on U.S. Highway 123 back on June 8. “These occurred over […]

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Little League Update

An improbable comeback puts the Toccoa Junior League All-Star baseball team into the championship round. Wednesday in Demorest, Toccoa trailed Habersham 11-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning and was three outs from elimination. However, Toccoa scored nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, including three runs with two outs, to tie the game at 11, […]

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Accident Wednesday at By-pass and Cawthon Rd.

An accident in Stephens County Wednesday results in at least one injury. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that the accident occurred at the intersection of the Toccoa By-pass and Cawthon Road. Shirley said that a woman was driving a vehicle that collided with a wrecker. The sheriff said the woman was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated […]

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Toccoa Veterans Service Office Re-opening, Says State

The Toccoa office of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service is back to its normal operations. Officials with the state’s Veterans Service Office announced this week that service to all of its satellite locations is resuming. That took effect on Monday and includes the Toccoa satellite office. Georgia Department of Veterans Service Spokesman Jon Suggs said that it is now […]

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Grand Jury Hands Down Indictments

A Stephens County grand jury has indicted a man in connection with thefts from multiple area convenience stores. On Tuesday, the grand jury handed down a true bill of indictment against Felix Antonia Tirado. Tirado was indicted on three counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, one count of Theft By Receiving Stolen Property, one count of Possession of Methamphetamine, […]

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Lavonia Man Arrested for Trafficking Meth

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A 23-year old Lavonia man is on his way back to state prison after authorities discovered a methamphetamine trafficking operation. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said that on Monday June 28, his officers, along with agents from other local agencies descended on a house at 5155 Vickery St. after receiving a tip. “Investigators with […]

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