Tax Season Nearing Start

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As the year draws to a close, it is almost time to start filing those federal income taxes. Tax season starts in January and the Internal Revenue Service is urging people to wait until the start of tax filing in January to file that tax return. IRS Spokesman Mark Green said the agency strongly recommends that people wait for their […]

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Burn Ban Still In Place Despite Rain

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Much needed rain across northeast Georgia has not yet caused a lifting of burning restrictions. Since this week’s rain event started, downtown Toccoa has received 1.84 inches of rain and more is in the forecast. However, Stephens County Volunteer Fire Services is reminding people that a burn ban remains in place for the county and all outdoor burning is prohibited. […]

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Final Holiday Traffic Numbers In For Ga. Highways

The final traffic numbers for the Thanksgiving holiday period are in from the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Officials reported that traffic crashes across Georgia during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period resulted in 20 traffic deaths. The holiday period began Wednesday, November 23, at 6 p.m. and ended Sunday at midnight, for a total of 102 hours. None of those […]

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SCMS Girls Basketball Picks Up Two Wins

The Stephens County Middle School girls’ basketball teams pick up two more wins. Tuesday, the 7th grade girls from Stephens County used a strong defensive effort to beat Hart County, 23-6. Kayla Smith led the 7th grade Lady Rebels with 11 points and Erin Terrell scored six points, while Ikira Patterson chipped in with five points. Moving to the 8th […]

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Toccoa Approves Burn Ban

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The city of Toccoa joins Stephens County in implementing a burn ban within the city limits. Toccoa City Commissioners passed the burn ban resolution unanimously at their meeting Monday night. According to Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse, the ban passed by the city is very similar to the one passed by the county earlier this month. “In summary, the resolution […]

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Drug Task Force Arrests Two For Meth

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A joint investigation leads to two arrests in Stephens County. On Monday, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office initiated a search warrant at the residence of Jamie Savage on the 600 block of Long Circle in Toccoa. Authorities said the search warrant was based on multiple tips received from the community. According to the […]

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Toccoa Commission Approves Appointments

The Toccoa-Stephens County Airport Authority will enter a new era of sorts after a new appointment was made at Monday’s Toccoa City Commission meeting. On Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously appointed Bill Mercure to fill the seat on the Airport Authority currently held by Tommy Gilmer, whose term expires at the end of the year. This new appointment is for […]

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