Officials Cut Ribbon on GA 17

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Local and state leaders gather to celebrate the four-laning of Georgia Highway 17 through Stephens County. While work continues to finish the final stretch of the highway, a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of most of the new Georgia Highway 17 took place Tuesday along the new stretch of highway at the Hayestone-Brady Business Park. 50th District State […]

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Former FCHS Star “Dee” Dowis Dies in Wreck

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By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Franklin County community is mourning the loss of former standout quarterback Michael “Dee” Dowis. Dowis, who starred in football at both Franklin County High School and the Air Force Academy, was killed in a wreck Monday in metro Atlanta. According to the Gwinnett County Police, Dowis died in a wreck on Interstate 85 […]

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SCHS Softball Moves to 9-1

The Stephens County High School softball team picks up another Region 8-AAAA win Tuesday in Jefferson, another big pitching performance from Emma Whitfield led the Lady Indians to a 1-0 win over the Jefferson Lady Dragons. Whitfield allowed just one hit and walked none while striking out six in a complete game effort. At the plate, the Lady Indians were […]

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New Women’s Basketball Coach At TFC

Toccoa Falls College has a new head women’s basketball coach. The school’s Director of Athletics, Mac Ingmire, has announced the hiring of Stuart Spires to the position. According to a press release from TFC, Spires played basketball at Kings Mountain High School in North Carolina under Coach Larry Sipe, who was a tenured assistant with the University of North Carolina […]

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Man Arrested on Theft, Criminal Trespass Charges

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A Stephens County man faces charges after authorities say he was caught in the act of an attempted break-in. 45-year-old John David Thomas of Oak Way Drive in Eastanollee is currently charged with two counts of Criminal Trespass and one count of Theft By Taking. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it started when deputies responded to a call regarding […]

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Deer Quota Hunt Deadline Approaching in Ga.

The deadline is approaching for hunters in Georgia to get a quota application for a Georgia deer hunt. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, an online quota application must be received before midnight Thursday, September 1. Deer quota opportunities include hunts on wildlife management areas and state park lands, dog-deer hunting and adult/child hunting opportunities. […]

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Bell Re-Elected POAG President

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Stephens County Commission Chairman and Comer Police Chief Dennis Bell will continue on for another year as the President of the Peace Officers Association of Georgia. Bell was re-elected last week at the organization’s annual conference in Savannah. This will be the second year in a row that Bell has served as President of the Peace Officers’ Association of Georgia […]

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Shirley Urges Caution on New Ga. 17

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Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley is urging caution for drivers as the new four-lane Highway 17 opens up. Much of the road between Toccoa and Franklin County is already four lanes, though the area between Scott Road and Hayes-Wilbanks Road remains a two-lane highway. According to the sheriff, there have already been some minor accidents. Meanwhile, a final traffic shift […]

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Toccoa Cemetery Project Ongoing, But Nearing End

Work on mapping the Toccoa City Cemetery and computerizing those records is almost complete. Faith Bryan and Brandon Carlock from the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission appeared at last week’s Toccoa City Commission work session to provide an update on their project. They have been working on the project since June 2014. Bryan said that work is nearing completion and that […]

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