Toccoa Native Leading GEMC

A native of Toccoa is the new head of Georgia EMC. Last week, the Board of Directors for Georgia EMC named Dennis L. Chastain as the association’s next president/CEO. He will succeed A. Paul Wood effective on January 1, 2016. The company says Chastain brings more than 28 years of experience to Georgia EMC, currently serving as senior vice president. […]

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Farm City Week Banquet Held

Local officials hear from a top Senate official at an annual banquet. Gwinnett County State Senator and Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer spoke at Thursday’s annual Farm City Week Banquet, hosted by the Stephens County Farm Bureau at the Toccoa Falls College Dining Hall. Shafer said he was honored to be speaking before Stephens County’s farm community. He said […]

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Indians Start Football Playoffs Tonight


The second season starts tonight for the Stephens County High School football team. Stephens County will host Carrollton tonight in the first-round of the state AAAA football playoffs. The Indians enter the playoffs as the second seed out of Region 8-AAAA. Stephens County is 8-2 overall on the season and finished 6-1 in region play after losing to Buford last […]

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Hospital Announces Christmas Card Contest Winner


Stephens County Hospital is getting ready for the holiday season. Thursday, Hospital officials went to Toccoa Elementary School to award this year’s winner of the hospital’s annual Christmas Card contest. Toccoa Elementary School fourth grader Lilly Kate Farrar won this year’s contest, meaning her drawing will be on the front of the Christmas card sent out by Stephens County Hospital. […]

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Wilkinson Receives Award

50th District State Senator John Wilkinson receives a special honor. Wilkinson recently was awarded the 2015 Award for Legislative Advocacy by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council. Officials said he was chosen for this honor in recognition of Senate Bill 274, which promotes the history of Georgia agriculture within the Capitol Museum at the Georgia State Capitol. SB 274, signed […]

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Red Cross Introduces RapidPass

American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now help save lives in less time by using the new Red Cross RapidPass online health history system. The Red Cross says that RapidPass streamlines the donation experience by allowing donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online from the convenience of a computer at home or work. According to […]

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