14 Killed on Ga. Highways Over Memorial Day Weekend

Final numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Safety show that there were no fatal accidents in northeast Georgia over the 2016 Memorial Day travel weekend. This year’s Memorial Day travel period began at 6 p.m. Friday and went through midnight on Monday. In all, there were 14 fatalities reported on Georgia highways during that 78-hour span. Five of those […]

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Both Toccoa Rookie League Teams Win

The Toccoa Little League Rookie League All-Star teams are off to a good start in district tournament play. Both the Rookie League baseball and softball All-Stars opened district action Tuesday at Rabun County. In baseball action, Toccoa defeated Rabun by a score of 11-5. Meanwhile in softball, Toccoa defeated Franklin by a 15-1 score. That means both teams are back […]

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Reported Chase Leads to Suspect Arrest


The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in connection with an alleged kidnapping. On Facebook, Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that authorities had the kidnapping victim, but had to chase the suspect in the Old Mize Road/Hwy 106/Broad River Road area. Shirley reported that the suspect was taken into custody at Broad River Road and Silver Shoals […]

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Memorial Day Observed in Stephens Co.

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Stephens County marks Memorial Day. The annual Memorial Day observance took place Monday morning on the lawn of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. Again this year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4346, U.S. Marine Corps League Currahee Mountain Detachment 1303, and American Legion Post 104 organized the observance. Rick Hack with the VFW said Memorial Day […]

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Stephens Co. Sees Unemployment Rate Drop in April

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Stephens County sees a drop in the unemployment rate. Georgia Department of Labor figures released recently show that in April, the preliminary unemployment rate for Stephens County was 5.4 percent. That is down four-tenths of a percentage point from the revised March rate and down 1.1 percentage points from the revised rate for April 2015. Looking at Stephens County’s labor […]

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Boating Accident on Hartwell Leads to BUI Charges

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A Columbia, South Carolina man is out on bond after being cited for boating under the influence on Lake Hartwell over the weekend. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement officer Craig Fulghum said it happened just after midnight Sunday between the Big Oaks Recreation Area and the Hartwell Dam. “On May 29th at […]

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Local Workers Gain Special Certification

A Stephens County industry recognized a group of employees for obtaining a special certification. North Georgia Technical College recently celebrated the graduation of 13 employees from ASI Southeast of Toccoa, who received a Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certified Production Technician certification. The national certification required 72 hours of classes and four modules of training which included safety topics; quality practices […]

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Currahee Military Museum Recognizes SCHS JROTC Graduates

The Currahee Military Museum takes time to honor local graduates. This month, the local veterans showcase within the museum’s Loden Exhibit Hall is honoring this year’s Stephens County High School JROTC graduates. The 2016 JROTC graduates are: Kieran Alexander, Brian “Austin” Blanchette, Crystal Duerr, Emily Edgeman, Jean-Pierre “J.P.” Rondeau, Travis Wikstrom, Christian Tyler Churchwell, Ben Cope, Sierra Gailey, Toni “Tiger” […]

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