Toccoa Commission To Meet Monday

The Toccoa City Commission will hold the first public hearing on its Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget at its meeting Monday. City commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse is presenting a proposed operating budget that is just under $36.2 million. That would be an increase of about 8.55 percent from the current Fiscal Year 2015 […]

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SCSO Urges Prom Safety This Weekend

Local authorities are urging safety this prom weekend in Stephens County. Stephens County High School students have their annual prom on Saturday night and this past week, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and others went to the high school to send home the message of safety on the roadways. Sheriff Randy Shirley said it was part of the “Arrive Alive” […]

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Alleged Puppy Thieves Arrested in Franklin Co.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Four puppies stolen from the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter are now safe. On Thursday, Royston Police, in conjunction with Lavonia Police Investigators and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people in connection with the burglary at the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter. According to Shelter Director Sheri Lockhart, shelter workers discovered the puppies missing […]

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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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