DHS Renames Problem Solving Court

The Department of Human Services Problem Solving Court program has a new name and the agency plans to assist more parents who are struggling to support their children this year. The Problem Solving Court is now known as Parental Accountability Court. It seeks to reduce the number of Georgians who are incarcerated for nonpayment of child support by helping parents […]

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Bell To Stay Commission Chair in 2016

Stephens County Commissioners choose to stay with Dennis Bell as the board’s chair for another year. At a called meeting on Tuesday, the commission voted unanimously to select Bell as the Chairman for 2016. Bell said he appreciates the board’s confidence in nominating him as the commission chairman for the second straight year. “I am very humbled by the vote […]

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Investigation Continues Into Weekend Hit and Run

Authorities are still investigating a hit and run incident that occurred over the weekend. It happened on New Year’s Day night on Currahee Street in Toccoa. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said that a vehicle crossed the center line on Currahee Street and hit another vehicle, causing an accident. Jarrell said the vehicle that crossed the center line then left […]

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Clarkesville Special Election Set

The city of Clarkesville will hold a special election later this year to fill the city council seat vacated after the passing of Mayor Terry Greene. This week, the Clarkesville City Council voted to set March 1 as the day Clarkesville voters will head to the polls to elect a mayor to serve the remainder of Greene’s term. Greene died […]

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Collins Issues Statement on Obama Executive Action

Georgia 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins is responding to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control that were unveiled Tuesday. Collins expressed opposition to the President’s moves. He said eroding the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens by executive order is not the direction in which we want to take the nation. Collins said he is a strong supporter […]

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Bell Looks Back at 2015

Stephens County Commission Chairman Dennis Bell said 2015 was one of the most blessed years the county has had in some time. Bell spoke with WNEG News Monday about the last 12 months. He said that the county moved forward in a number of areas he felt were priorities heading into the year that just wrapped up. “Last year, when […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Holding Called Meeting Today

Stephens County Commissioners will get their new year started with a called meeting later today to handle a number of business items. County commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. During today’s meeting, the county commission will select a chair and a vice-chair for 2016. Also during […]

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Corps Introduces New Shoreline Use Rules

The New Year is bringing changes to the shoreline use rules for both Hartwell Lake and Thurmond Lake. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say the changes impact property owners adjacent to these two Savannah District reservoirs and took effect on January 1. Corps Spokesman Russell Wicke said the first update changes the size of brush which can be removed […]

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