SCSO Announces Child Molestation Arrest

A Stephens County School System employee is facing charges in light of allegations of sexual abuse on a minor. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that 51-year-old Keith Foster of Toccoa was arrested last week and charged with Aggravated Child Molestation and Incest. Shirley said his office was contacted about the allegations on Thursday. “We were called into the case […]

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Indians Clinch Home Football Playoff Game


A big fourth quarter gives Stephens County its first home playoff game since 2011. The Indians broke a 7-7 tie with 17 points in the fourth quarter and beat North Oconee 24-7 in Bogart on Friday. Stephens County’s strong second half came behind the running of A.J. Howard, Jackson Bell, and Tyrik Combs, who saw his first action of the […]

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FDIC Releases Bank Deposit Information

Total Stephens County deposits in FDIC insured banks continues a steady climb back to the 2009 peak of $344,998,000. In a report just released for results through June 30, 2015, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation shows the total bank deposits in the county total $283,829,000. That is an increase of $9,244,000 from last year. This report includes the deposits of […]

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Toccoa Costume Parade Winners Announced

The winners are in for this year’s Toccoa Costume Parade. This year’s 25th annual parade took place Friday morning in downtown Toccoa. The winners are as follows: Age 2 and under category First place – Ariana Shedd for “Cruella Deville and 101 Dalmatians” Second place – Hudson Hall for “Donald Trump” Third place – Vivienne Carvin for “Elephant in circus” […]

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Collins Comments on Ryan Becoming House Speaker

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins has issued a statement on the election of Representative Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. The Hall County Republican joined the rest of the Georgia delegation in voting for Ryan on the House floor Thursday when the Wisconsin representative was elected to replace John Boehner as the House Speaker. Collins said he looks […]

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Downtown Toccoa Art Studio Holds Ribbon Cutting

Officials and community leaders welcome a new business to downtown Toccoa. Master’s Touch Artworks held a Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting on Thursday at its location on Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa. Charles Osborne and his wife, Linda, own Master’s Touch Artworks. He said they have a variety of artwork from many different artists on display. “Everything from fine […]

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Hampton Inn In Lavonia Holds Ribbon Cutting

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A ribbon cutting and celebration officially welcomes a new upscale hotel to Lavonia. “Thank you all for coming to our grand opening today,” owner Riesh Shah told the crowd after the ribbon cutting. “We’ll we’re just proud to be here,” noted Lavonia Mayor Ralph Owens. “We wish you luck. It’s a nice facility.” Lavonia […]

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Rickman Named to Court of Appeals

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Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman is one of three new judges on the Georgia Court of Appeals. Governor Nathan Deal announced Rickman’s appointment, along with two others, on Thursday. These three judgeships are new ones created by the passage of House Bill 279 during the 2015 legislative session. Rickman made it through multiple rounds of interviews, ultimately being […]

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Sheriff Offers Halloween Safety Tips

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Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley is offering some tips to try and ensure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween this weekend. Shirley said there will be a lot of pedestrians out around the county this weekend and he urges people to stay on sidewalks whenever possible and obey all traffic signs. He also urged motorists to be especially alert […]

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