Spring Ahead This Weekend

Daylight saving time begins this weekend. That means it is time to move those clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night since daylight saving time begins on Sunday at 2 a.m. Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said changing clocks is not the only thing people should do this weekend. Hudgens said when changing the […]

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Qualifying Wraps Up Today

With just a few hours left to qualify for the May primary, there is still no candidate for the open District 1seat on the Stephens County Board of Education. Qualifying ends at noon today for county, state, and federal races for the May primary. Nobody has qualified yet for the school board seat that became open earlier this year when […]

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Banks Co. Authorities Seeking Escaped Inmate

Banks County authorities are asking for the public’s help to find an escaped inmate from the Banks County Detention Center. Banks County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. Carissa McFaddin said 23-year old Paul Dylan Gross walked away from the jail’s recreation area at about 7 p.m. on Thursday. McFaddin said a perimeter near the Banks County Sheriff’s Office is in place […]

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Better Brains for Babies Seminar on Saturday

Parents are invited to attend a free seminar called “Better Brains for Babies” on Saturday. The seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, which is located at 234 Collier Road in Toccoa. Stephens County First Steps Georgia Coordinator and Better Brains for Babies Community Outreach Educator Merry Carol Scott will be the […]

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SCHS Tennis Swept at Madison Co.

The Stephens County High School tennis teams traveled to play the Madison County Red Raiders on Thursday, March 10. The Lady Indians lost 0-5 and the Indians lost 1-4. Ben Smith won at #1 singles to get the lone win for the Tribe. Both Stephens County High School tennis teams are now 1-3 in Region 8-AAAA play. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Thursday Afternoon Qualifying Update

The Stephens County Chief Magistrate’s seat will be a contested race this May. Ralph Stowe qualified on Thursday to run for the non-partisan seat. He is challenging incumbent Don Tabor. Stowe is the only county candidate to qualify on Thursday as of 4 p.m. At the federal level, three more candidates have qualified to run against Doug Collins for the […]

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Arrest Made in Oak Valley Rd. Burglary

One person is under arrest with more arrests expected after a residential burglary last week in Stephens County. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, it happened on March 2 on Oak Valley Road. “The victim reported that his prescription medication and a laptop were stolen,” said Shirley. “Entry was gained by kicking in the back door of the house.” […]

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Two Charged in Gang Statutes Cases Denied Bond

Two people charged in Stephens County under Georgia’s gang statutes remain in custody after being denied bond. Court documents show that both 49-year-old Barry Dean Daniels of Poplar Street and Rajae Laron Neal of Morgan Street in Toccoa were denied bond at hearings last week. Daniels and Neal are both charged with Participation in a Criminal Street Gang after being […]

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Stephens Co. Unemployment Rises in January

Initial unemployment numbers from the state show that Stephens County starts 2016 with a jump in the unemployment rate. According to figures released today by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate in January of an even 6 percent. That is three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised December rate of 5.7 percent, […]

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Franklin Co. Authorities Make Drug Bust on Traffic Stop

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White is praising the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office after a major drug bust Tuesday. According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, it happened Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 85 northbound when deputies stopped a vehicle for speeding. “The vehicle was stopped and a K-9 unit was on the stop,” […]

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