Timber Harvesting Changes Approved

Stephens County approves changes to its timber harvesting ordinance. On Tuesday, county commissioners approved the proposed amendments to the timber harvesting ordinance following a second reading and public hearing. Nobody spoke either for or against the changes to the timber harvesting ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, no changes were made to the ordinance amendments […]

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Wilkinson Part of Legislative Livestock Showdown

50th District State Senator John Wilkinson of Stephens County leads the State Senate in its annual Legislative Livestock Showdown. Wilkinson chaired the Senate team as they tried their hand at showing dairy heifers at the sixth annual Legislative Livestock Showdown in Perry on October 8. Senators Elena Parent, John Kennedy, Butch Miller, Michael Rhett, and Larry Walker made up the […]

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Powell Named to Law Enforcement Task Force

Franklin and Hart County’s state representative, Alan Powell, will serve on a Law Enforcement Task Force appointed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. The governor made the announcement on Tuesday. According to the governor’s office, the Law Enforcement Task Force will examine the Basic Law Enforcement Officer Training Course and establish competency-based standards for any course revisions deemed appropriate. It is […]

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Main St. Toccoa Gets Snapchat Geofilter

Main Street Toccoa now has a Snapchat Geofilter. On Tuesday, Main Street announced it was approved. Snapchat is a popular free phone application that allows people to take and edit photographs that are published through the application for 10 seconds at a time. Meanwhile, Geofilters are special filters for Snapchat that work within a certain area. Main Street Toccoa said […]

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Accident Reported in Stephens Co.

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Multiple injuries are reported after a Tuesday afternoon wreck in Stephens County. It occurred on Tuesday at around 3 p.m. on the Toccoa By-pass, at its intersection with Currahee Lane. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, there were multiple injuries and one person was lifeflighted to a hospital for treatment of injuries. Shirley said another individual was transported for […]

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Morse Provides Update on City Projects

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Work is wrapping up on a significant project for the city of Toccoa water system. Monday, Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse told city commissioners that dredging work at Davidson Lake was all but complete. Morse said that the city is glad to see this project wrapping up after years of planning and about a year of actual work. “It is […]

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Toccoa Looks at Erosion Ordinance Amendments

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The city of Toccoa is considering an update to its ordinance to match changes to state law on erosion control. Monday, city commissioners approved a first reading of an ordinance amendment to the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said that the state Environmental Protection Division has amended the state law in this area and asked […]

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Disaster Relief Heads From Toccoa To S. Carolina

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A local ministry organization says Stephens County has stepped up to help the people of South Carolina affected by Hurricane Matthew. Steve Paysen’s P230 Foundation went to the Nichols, South Carolina area Monday. This area, just south of the South Carolina-North Carolina border and not far off of the coast, was devastated by flooding from the storm. Paysen collected food, […]

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