SCSO Makes Arrest in Jail Contraband Investigation

A woman faces charges after allegedly trying to sneak drugs into the Stephens County Jail. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it comes after his office wrapped up an investigation that had been ongoing related to contraband being delivered to the Stephens County Jail. “The investigation began after several articles of clothing were brought to the facility and left for […]

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Stephens Co. Approves Court Fee Ordinance

Stephens County Commissioners approve a court fee ordinance. Commissioners approved the new ordinance by a 4-1 vote at their meeting on Tuesday. According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the proposed ordinance would impose a court fee on any fine or community service sentence from the Magistrate Court, State Court, or Superior Court for any violation of any county ordinances […]

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GDOT Ready for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Georgia Department of Transportation is preparing the state’s roadways for what is projected to be a busy holiday travel weekend. Nearly 1.3 million Georgians are expected to hit the roads this Thanksgiving, according to projections from AAA. That is a 3.5 percent increase from last year. With so many expected on the roads, the Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related […]

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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedules Announced

Local government offices are releasing their schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday. Toccoa City Hall and Stephens County government offices will both be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recycling scheduled to be picked up on Thursday will be picked up on Monday, November 28 and routes for garbage and recycling […]

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Griffin Resigns As Flowery Branch Head Coach

Stephens County High School alumnus Chris Griffin resigns from the head football coaching position at Flowery Branch. Griffin announced his decision in the last few days. He had been the head coach at Flowery Branch since 2012, compiling a total record of 29-23 with the Falcons. His Falcons teams made the playoffs in 2012 and 2013, but had missed the […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Authority Meets

Stephens County Hospital will be upgrading some of its software in the emergency department. Monday, the Stephens County Hospital Authority unanimously approved the leasing of new electronic medical records software for the hospital’s emergency department. Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said they are looking to replace software that is more than 10 years old. “We currently have an electronic medical records […]

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“Click It Or Ticket” Underway

Law enforcement are gearing up for a busy travel week this Thanksgiving holiday. Georgia is once again conducting a “Click It or Ticket” campaign, where the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Georgia State Patrol, and local law enforcement agencies work together to increase emphasis on buckling seat belts when traveling on the highways. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Meets Later Today

The Stephens County Board of Commissioners will consider approving a court fee ordinance at its meeting later today. Stephens County Commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. At the start of the meeting, county commissioners will hold a second reading and public hearing of the proposed court […]

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Stephens Co. Names Teacher of the Year

The Stephens County School System names its Teacher of the Year. This year, the system-wide Teacher of the Year is Jessica Simmons. She is a teacher at Stephens County High School. Along with being the system-wide Teacher of the Year, Simmons is also the Teacher of the Year for Stephens County High School. Each year, the Stephens County School System […]

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