Eastanollee Man Killed in Friday Wreck

A Stephens County man dies in a Friday morning accident. The Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol says that 53-year-old Ronald “Peck” Ivester of Eastanollee was traveling southbound on Brookhaven Circle in a 1984 Ford pick-up at about 9:11 a.m. on Friday. According to the GSP, the vehicle traveled onto the west shoulder where Ivester lost control. The GSP […]

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SCSO Announces Drug Arrests

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said two separate traffic stops earlier this month resulted in two drug arrests. Shirley said his office’s Crime Suppression Unit conducted both traffic stops. The first one was on December 8. According to the sheriff, deputies pulled over a silver Isuzu Rodeo for an invalid vehicle tag. Shirley said a passenger in the vehicle, 38-year-old […]

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Unemployment Down in Nov. in Stephens Co.

The unemployment rate goes down in November in Stephens County. According to figures released last week by the Labor Department, Stephens County had a preliminary November unemployment rate of 6.2 percent. That is three-tenths of a percentage point lower than the revised October rate of 6.5 percent and six-tenths of a percentage point lower than the revised November 2013 rate […]

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Corps Accepting Christmas Trees for Recycling

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell  Lake Project Office is now accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling Trees can be donated from now through February 15, 2015 for Lake Hartwell. The Corps says that for the Hartwell project, Christmas trees may be dropped off at the Big Oaks Recreation Area or Poplar Springs Access in Georgia. Corps officials say the […]

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Guard Unit Comes Home

The 876th Engineering Company comes home for Christmas after completing its mission. The Georgia National Guard unit based out of Toccoa was re-united with their families in a ceremony Tuesday in the Currahee Arena at Stephens County High School. For some it was a chance to re-unite with loved ones they had not seen in months, a moment with added […]

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Chase Leads To Arrests

A Stephens County man faces numerous charges after a high-speed chase last week in Stephens County. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, it happened early in the morning hours of December 17. Shirley said deputies spotted a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Joshua Drake of Hayes-Wilbanks Road in the Wal-Mart parking lot around 1:45 a.m. that morning. The sheriff said […]

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No Injuries In House Fire Last Weekend

Nobody was injured in a Stephens County house fire last weekend. The fire occurred late on Saturday night off of Black Mountain Road, reportedly on Cheek Smith Road. That is near the Stephens-Habersham County line. Shiloh and Carnes Creek Volunteer Fire Departments responded, as did the city of Toccoa and a station from Habersham County. Carnes Creek Volunteer Fire Chief […]

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Four Killed So Far on Ga. Highways Over Christmas Travel Period

The Georgia Department of Public Safety is reporting four traffic fatalities so far on Georgia highways this Christmas holiday weekend. Georgia State Patrol posts in LaGrange, Griffin, Helena, and Thomasville have reported those fatalities so far. The official Christmas holiday travel weekend for the Georgia State Patrol started at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and continues through midnight Sunday. It is […]

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