Drug Investigation Leads to Two Arrests in Toccoa


Two people face drug charges after an investigation by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office arrested 25-year-old William Thomas Smith of Toccoa and 35-year-old James Eugene Burns of Carnesville last Wednesday, October 21, in the parking lot of a business off of Collins Road. Shirley said both men were charged with Possession […]

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One Arrested for Burglary in Stephens Co.

A Stephens County resident is under arrest after he was allegedly caught in the act of burglarizing a local home. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office arrested 23-year-old Hank Allen Bohannon of Toccoa on October 20 and charged him with one count of Burglary. Shirley said the arrest comes after deputies responded to a reported burglary in […]

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Toccoa To Work on Multiple Sidewalks With State Money

Toccoa finalizes a sidewalk project it will do next year using state money. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved its LMIG project for next year. According to Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse, the city is getting about $97,000 from the state through Georgia’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant program. That money requires a local match, leaving a total of about […]

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Banks Co. Authorities Say Missing Woman Found Safe

Banks County investigators have said that a missing Banks County woman has been located and is safe. The Banks County Sheriff’s Office said 39-year-old Cassie Janine Baugh of Alto was last seen by family members on Tuesday, October 20th. Wednesday morning, the Banks County Sheriff’s Office said that Baugh was found and is safe. No other details were released at […]

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Verdict Returned in Medical Malpractice Case

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A Stephens County jury finds a doctor not guilty of medical malpractice. Friday afternoon, a jury found in favor of defendants Dr. Gordon M. Kelly and Toccoa Clinic Medical Associates, LLC in a medical malpractice trial that took place in Toccoa last week and did not award any damages to plaintiffs Sallie and Willie Grant. Mr. and Mrs. Grant had […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Meets Today

Stephens County Commissioners are expected to consider awarding a number of bids at their meeting later today. The county commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. Among the bids the commission is expected to consider are bids for carpentry work and electrical work at the new fire […]

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Franklin Co. Schools Putting Cameras On Buses

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County school buses are getting some new equipment designed to keep students safe both inside and outside of the bus. Franklin County Schools Transportation Director Jason Ayers said the system is working to equip all of its 54 buses with special cameras to catch motorists who don’t stop for a school bus. Ayers […]

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Banks Co. Officials Asking Some Residents Not To Use Water in Hwy. 105 Area

Banks County officials have issued a warning for residents on Highway 105 whose water service was interrupted Sunday: do not use any water for drinking, cooking, hand washing or bathing until further notice, accessnorthga.com is reporting. According to the accessnorthga.com report, a water main and natural gas line rupture in the area of Spring Road in Banks County allowed natural […]

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