Six Charged in Jail Contraband Investigation

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Six people face charges in connection to allegations of smuggling contraband into the Stephens County Jail. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, his office recently wrapped up a three-week long investigation into people conspiring to get contraband into the jail. Shirley said that deputies received reports from citizens and inmates alike about a group of people who were arranging […]

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Butterworth Speaks to Toccoa Rotary Club

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The head of Georgia’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, more commonly known as GEMA, stops in Toccoa. Jim Butterworth spoke on Tuesday to the Toccoa Rotary Club at its weekly meeting on the campus of Toccoa Falls College about his agency and its role in the operations of state government. Butterworth said while most people associate his agency with […]

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GDOT Urging Safety On Roads for Labor Day Holiday Weekend

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The Georgia Department of Transportation is doing its part to try to help ease congestion statewide this Labor Day travel holiday. Georgia DOT Spokesperson Katie Strickland said that with heavy traffic expected, the Department is once again suspending construction-related lane closures on interstate highways and heavily traveled state routes over the holiday weekend. “To ease some of the congestion we […]

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Six Arrested for Drugs in White Co. Wednesday

Six northeast Georgia residents were arrested when authorities served a search warrant in White County Wednesday. The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office said it and the Cleveland Police Department served a search warrant at an apartment Wednesday. Authorities said agents found and seized about 20 grams of suspected methamphetamine valued at about $2,200, about 10 grams of suspected heroin valued […]

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Lady Indians Open Region 8-AAAA Volleyball Schedule

Stephens County High School volleyball drops two matches to start Region 8-AAAA play. On Tuesday, Stephens County traveled to Jefferson for the first matches on the region schedule against Madison County and host Jefferson. First, the Lady Indians dropped a hard fought three-set match to Madison County, winning the first set, 25-15, before dropping the second and third sets, 25-15 […]

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Fall Sports Underway at TFC

Fall sports season is underway at Toccoa Falls College. Men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball all started this past week. First on the volleyball court, Toccoa Falls split a pair of matches. First, they lost to Johnson and Wales University, 3 sets to none, on Thursday. Then on Saturday, they swept Johnson University, 3 sets to none. Moving to soccer, […]

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Officials Cut Ribbon on GA 17

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Local and state leaders gather to celebrate the four-laning of Georgia Highway 17 through Stephens County. While work continues to finish the final stretch of the highway, a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of most of the new Georgia Highway 17 took place Tuesday along the new stretch of highway at the Hayestone-Brady Business Park. 50th District State […]

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Former FCHS Star “Dee” Dowis Dies in Wreck

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By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Franklin County community is mourning the loss of former standout quarterback Michael “Dee” Dowis. Dowis, who starred in football at both Franklin County High School and the Air Force Academy, was killed in a wreck Monday in metro Atlanta. According to the Gwinnett County Police, Dowis died in a wreck on Interstate 85 […]

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SCHS Softball Moves to 9-1

The Stephens County High School softball team picks up another Region 8-AAAA win Tuesday in Jefferson, another big pitching performance from Emma Whitfield led the Lady Indians to a 1-0 win over the Jefferson Lady Dragons. Whitfield allowed just one hit and walked none while striking out six in a complete game effort. At the plate, the Lady Indians were […]

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