Home Heating Assistance Sign-ups Underway

Home heating help for the elderly and homebound is now available in Stephens County through Ninth District Opportunity. Sign-ups started Tuesday for those households in which every member is age 65 or older or is homebound due to health reasons. Eligibility for the program is based on the income of all household members and all eligible households must be responsible […]

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Second Movie to Film in Toccoa

A film production company is making a return visit to film a second movie in Toccoa. INSP Films has announced that it will film its newest movie, “County Line,” in Stephens County. This is the same company that filmed the movie “Heritage Falls” in Toccoa earlier this year. Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce President Julie Paysen said it is an […]

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Two Plead in Stephens Co. Superior Court

Two former Stephens County school system employees plead guilty to charges involving crimes against minors. First, 51-year-old Robert Anthony Daniel pleaded guilty to one count of Cruelty to Children in the First Degree on Monday. He entered what is called an “Alford plea.” Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that enough evidence may exist […]

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September Unemployment Figures Released

September figures from the Georgia Department of Labor show more people employed and a larger labor force in Stephens County. According to those numbers, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate for September of 6 percent. That is one-tenth of a percentage point above the revised unemployment rate for August, which was 5.9 percent, and for September 2015, which was […]

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Toccoa Costume Parade Winners Announced

The winners are in for this year’s Toccoa Costume Parade. They are as follows: Age 2 and Under First Place – Chaylei Carter for “Mickey Mouse” Second Place – Nolan Taylor for “Mechanic Tool Man Taylor” Third Place – Adalynn Ramsey for “Circus Elephant” Age 3 First Place – Benjamin Caudell and Hadley Rickman for “Fireman and Dalmation” Second Place […]

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Nobody Seriously Hurt in Monday Accident

Nobody was seriously hurt in an accident Monday on the Toccoa By-pass in Stephens County. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, it involved two vehicles and took place at the intersection of the By-pass and Cawthon Road. Shirley said one of the vehicles overturned and the driver of the overturned vehicle was entrapped. He said paramedics and first responders […]

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Toccoa Residents Arrested in Banks Co.

Two Toccoa residents were among ten people arrested in Banks County last week. According to Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed, Banks County deputies executed a search warrant at an address on Wooded Lake Drive in Homer on Thursday after an extensive narcotics investigation. Speed said on scene, two stolen vehicles were recovered, three firearms were discovered, and a trafficking amount […]

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Delayed Harvest Streams Opening Up

Five designated delayed harvest streams are opening for their seasons today. One of those is in northeast Georgia. That is a portion of the Chattooga River from Georgia Highway 28 upstream to the mouth of Reed Creek on U.S. Forest Service land bordering South Carolina. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said this and the other delayed harvest streams are […]

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Sheriff Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley is urging everyone to make sure this Halloween is a safe one. According to the sheriff, Trick or Treat will be taking place this evening. He said motorists need to be careful on the area’s roadways with those trick or treaters being out and about. “We want you to watch out for children who may […]

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