Stephens Co. Unemployment Drops in March

Stephens County sees its unemployment rate drop in March. According to figures released this week by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate for March of 6.9 percent. That is three-tenths of a percentage lower than the revised February rate of 7.2 percent and half a percentage point lower than the revised rate for March […]

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SCSO Destroys Unwanted Prescriptions

A recent event helps destroy a large amount of unwanted, unneeded prescription medications. The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office recently destroyed about 68 pounds of prescription medication that was obtained through the Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the Sheriff’s Office started participating in this program about five years ago and to this date, […]

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Amnesty Day At Landfill Saturday for Stephens Co. Residents

On Saturday, Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful and Stephens County are teaming up to host an “amnesty day” at the Stephens County Landfill on Highway 145. K-T-S-C-B Executive Director Linda Scofield said that on Saturday, Stephens County residents will be able to unload large household trash at no cost. Scofield said that includes things like mattresses, couches, any kind of metal […]

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EPD Explains Next Steps In Wilbros Situation

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division said that its 2014 administrative order is now in full effect against the Wilbros facility in Toccoa. Last week, Wilbros withdrew its appeal in Fulton County Superior Court of the EPD administrative order and the ruling by a state administrative law judge upholding that order. As a result, Wilbros has lost its EPD permits for […]

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Toccoa Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Toccoa Police are investigating an armed robbery in the city limits earlier this week. According to Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell, it happened just before 11 p.m. on Monday at the Quik Mart convenience store at the intersection of Highways 106 and 145. Jarrell said the clerk called 911 to report an armed robbery. The chief said that once police […]

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Smart Phones Stolen From Local Store

The Toccoa Police Department is investigating the theft of numerous cell phones from a Toccoa store. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said it happened back on April 16 at about 12:30 a.m. at the AT&T store on Skyview Lane. Jarrell said police responded to an alarm that was going off and when they got there, found that a burglary had […]

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USFS Conducting Controlled Burn Today

The U.S. Forest Service is conducting a burn in the Stephens County area today. Forest Service officials said that the controlled burn will take place off of Lee Mountain Road today. Lee Mountain Road is a Forest Service Road off of Georgia Highway 184. According to the Forest Service, smoke will be visible in the area due to this controlled […]

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Indians Fall To Wolves in Region Baseball

The Stephens County Indians will wrap up the regular season tonight and look to get a spot in the AAAA state baseball playoffs. Wednesday, three Buford pitchers combined to no-hit the Indians as the Wolves won 11-3 on Senior Night at the Reservation. After Buford scored a run in the top of the first inning, the Indians tied it at […]

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