Veterans Day Marked in Stephens County

Stephens County honors Veterans Day. The county’s annual observance took place Wednesday at the VFW Post on West Savannah Street in Toccoa. Organizers moved the ceremony inside because recent rains made the courthouse lawn too soft to support folding chairs for the program. Speaking Wednesday was Stephens County High School JROTC Commander David Priatko. He said his focus is not […]

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Stephens Co. Property Taxes Are Due

The deadline to pay Stephens County property taxes is coming up. For those who have not paid yet, Stephens County Tax Commissioner Dene Hicks said that the deadline to pay county property taxes is this Sunday, November 15. “Just in-house payments on Monday will be without interest,” said Hicks. She explained that payments by mail must be postmarked on Sunday […]

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Former Tax Commissioner Honored With Plaque

Stephens County is taking time to honor a former elected official. On Tuesday, the Stephens County Commission accepted a plaque honoring former Tax Commissioner Elizabeth Camp Williams. That plaque will hang in the Stephens County Government Building and the county has dedicated the seating in the Stephens County Government Building to Williams’ memory. Stephens County Commission Chair Dennis Bell said […]

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Toccoa Woman Faces Forgery, Fraud Charges

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said a Toccoa woman is facing charges after allegedly stealing someone’s personal information. The sheriff said Samantha Nicolette Chastain, age unknown, of Highway 184 in Toccoa, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of Felony Financial Identity Fraud and Felony Forgery in the First Degree. Shirley said the report indicates Chastain fraudulently obtained and used […]

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Eastanollee Man Charged in Vehicle Theft

A Toccoa man faces charges in connection with a stolen vehicle report. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that 46-year-old Timothy Paul Peck of Tracy Private Drive, Eastanollee, has been charged with Felony Theft By Taking and Felony Criminal Damage to Property. Shirley said a report filed with the Sheriff’s Office on November 1 indicates that an unknown person entered […]

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Sage Automotive Investing in S. Carolina Plants

A company with Stephens County ties is investing money in two plants in South Carolina. According to a report from GSA Business, Sage Automotive Interiors is investing $4 million in its two plants in Abbeville County, South Carolina. GSA Business says that the company with headquarters at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research is investing in equipment and […]

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Stephens Co. To Close Inert Landfill

Stephens County will be closing its inert landfill. On Tuesday, county commissioners voted unanimously to set December 31 as the final day that the county’s inert landfill will accept waste and then at the same time, to begin the closure process with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that the EPD informed entities operating inert landfills, […]

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Four Indicted on Shoplifting Charges

A Stephens County grand jury has indicted four people in connection with shoplifting charges in Toccoa that were allegedly connected to a major shoplifting ring. Monday, the grand jury indicted three Anderson, South Carolina residents, Kennith Antwan Rice, Genero Gene Maduro, and Dallas Donchez Burris, along with Nathan Juan Gray of Smyrna, Georgia. Maduro, Gray, and Rice were each indicted […]

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