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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Change Clocks, Smoke Alarm Batteries This Weekend

Daylight saving time ends this weekend, which means it is time to fall back and set those clocks back one hour on Saturday night. However, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said clocks are not the only thing people need to be changing this weekend. Hudgens said that when Georgians change their clocks Saturday night, they should also […]

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Toccoa Costume Parade Set for Friday

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An annual Halloween tradition continues in downtown Toccoa today. The Toccoa Main Street program will host its 25th annual Costume Parade this morning. Pre-school age children between the ages of two and five are invited to attend and area pre-schools will also be participating. Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said that the parade will begin at 10 a.m. with line-up […]

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SCSO Arrests One For False Reporting

A Stephens County man faces charges after allegedly falsely reporting the theft of his vehicle. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, it started when his office received a report of a vehicle theft from Michael Wayne Turpin of Lakeside Trail in Martin. “The victim reported that his 2000 Dodge Durango had been stolen from his residence,” said Shirley. “A […]

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One Arrested in Theft From Stephens Co.

A multi-county investigation leads to one arrest. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it all started on October 15 when Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputies contacted his office about a reported stolen vehicle that was spotted at a location on Gumlog Road in Franklin County. “They had learned the location of a vehicle that was reported stolen from us (Stephens […]

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Region 8-AAAA Cross Country Meet Today


Stephens County High School is wrapping up its cross country season. Today is the Region 8-AAAA cross country meet for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Indians’ Cross Country Coach Chad Bridges says that both Stephens County cross-country teams are young and working every day to get better. “We have one senior on the boys’ team, Jimmy Carter,” said Bridges. […]

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