AAA Study Shows Dangers of Drowsy Driving

For many, the holiday season means a lot of travel. As holiday travel picks up, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has an important warning. A study from the foundation says that drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash. AAA Spokesperson […]

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Hudgens Offers Home Heating Safety Tips

With cold weather having arrived, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens wants to remind Georgians of some heating tips to help keep their homes and families safe this winter. Those tips include keeping portable space heaters, open fireplaces, and wood stoves away from curtains, draperies, and other flammable material; making sure heaters have adequate ventilation and always following the […]

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Piedmont College To Hold Commencement

Piedmont College will hold Commencement ceremonies this weekend. Commencement at the Habersham County college will be at 10 a.m., Saturday in the Johnny Mize Athletic Center at the campus in Demorest. Piedmont College President James F. Mellichamp and Board Chairman Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III will present diplomas to 221 students who are recipients of the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor […]

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Stephens Co. Lifts Outdoor Burn Ban

Stephens County lifts its outdoor burn ban. County Commissioners voted unanimously to rescind the burn ban at a called meeting on Wednesday. The ban on all outdoor burning was passed back by county commissioners and Toccoa City Commissioners last month due to the drought and extremely dry conditions at the time. Since then, downtown Toccoa had received nearly five inches […]

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Georgia Marks Winter Weather Preparedness Week

As the coldest weather of the season so far arrives, Georgia is marking Winter Weather Preparedness Week this week. With that, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is urging people to get ready for winter with its “Ready Georgia” campaign. Catherine Howden is a spokesperson for the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. She said the most […]

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GDOT: Turn Off Sprinkler Systems Overnight

With overnight temperatures headed below freezing over the next couple of days, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to issue an important reminder to those who have sprinkler systems. “If they have the automatic timers on them, that can create some avoidable problems,” said Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Katie Strickland. “If there is any way that you can turn […]

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SCDA Honors Outgoing Board Members

The Stephens County Development Authority recognizes two outgoing board members for their service to the board over the last year. At its meeting on Tuesday, the Development Authority board honored departing members Evan Hellenga and Dennis Bell. Hellenga and Bell have served on the Development Authority board for the past 12 months in their roles as Mayor of Toccoa and […]

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Martin Headed Overseas This Month

Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin is heading overseas this month for an economic development trip. Martin is going to Germany for a week this month on the invitation of the European American Investment Council. He said the trip will allow him to call on businesses and industries in Germany to tell them about Toccoa and Stephens County […]

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