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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NE Ga. Residents Watching Fires in Gatlinburg

People across northeast Georgia and the surrounding area are watching the wildfires currently burning in and around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, numerous businesses and homes in Gatlinburg have already been destroyed by the wildfires that spread into that area Monday. The News-Sentinel quotes one firefighter as saying it was “the apocalypse” on both sides of […]

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Rain May Finally Arrive This Week

Stephens County and the surrounding area could see its most significant rainfall in months over the next several days. There is a chance of rain of at least 50 percent beginning tonight and continuing all the way through Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service office in Greenville-Spartanburg, northeast Georgia could see three inches or more of rain between this […]

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Toccoa Commission To Meet Today

Toccoa City Commissioners are expected to consider joining Stephens County Commissioners in calling for a burn ban resolution at their meeting later today. City commissioners meet at 5 p.m. at Toccoa City Hall. On the agenda is consideration of the burn ban resolution. Stephens County Commissioners passed a similar burn ban earlier this month. The burn ban approved by the […]

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October Unemployment Rate Drops in Stephens Co.

Stephens County gets good news on the unemployment front. Statistics released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor show that Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in October. That is two-tenths of a percentage point lower than September’s revised rate of 6.0 percent and one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the October 2015 revised rate […]

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BBB Offers Online Shopping Tips

Today is the traditionally the biggest online shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday. Last year, the Better Business Bureau says that online shoppers spent nearly $3 billion during Cyber Monday, making it the largest online shopping day ever recorded. The BBB said that while shoppers like the convenience online shopping provides, it can also pose risks if shoppers do […]

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USPS Issues Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The holiday season is underway, which also means it may be time to ship those holiday packages. This year’s holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations were recently released by the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service said to ensure timely delivery of cards, letters, and packages within the United States by December 25, it is recommended […]

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Holiday Travel Numbers Updated By GSP

Final holiday traffic numbers are not in yet for Georgia highways from the state’s Department of Public Safety. As of this morning, the last update from state officials regarding highway fatalities was at noon on Sunday. State officials have reported that as of noon on Sunday, 17 people had been killed on Georgia highways over the Thanksgiving holiday period. None […]

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Stephens Co. Forward Funding More SPLOST Road Work

Stephens County Commissioners approve the issuing of more bonds to forward fund road work in the county. On Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved the signing of General Obligation Bond Documents for SPLOST VI Roads and Bridges. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said this is the second such bond issue the county has done based off of SPLOST VI. “The first one […]

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