Sheriff Warns of Tax Scam

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley is warning area residents to be on the lookout for another round of tax scams. Shirley said that this area and areas in upstate South Carolina have been targeted in the latest round of phone scams where callers pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service. “They will call telling you there is an arrest […]

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AAA Offers Road Trip Advice

While summer vacation season may be winding down, some people may still have vacations planned. For those planning a road trip, AAA is offering some advice. Georgia AAA Public Affairs Director Garrett Townsend said not having a road-ready vehicle is the fastest way to put brakes on that summer trip. According to AAA’s American Driving Survey, people drive the most […]

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Toccoa Receives June Financial Report

The city of Toccoa’s cash balance remains strong at the end of Fiscal Year 2016. That’s according to Toccoa Finance Director Cathy Loudermilk. She delivered the June financial report at Monday’s Toccoa City Commission meeting. In it, she said the city has a cash balance as of June 30 of nearly $1.25 million. While that is down by about $130,000 […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Meeting This Morning

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Stephens County Commissioners are expected to finalize the millage rates for both the county government and the school system at a called meeting this morning. The county commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. Only one item is on the meeting agenda. That is for the commission to […]

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Safety Check Point Leads to Arrest

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A safety checkpoint in Stephens County last week leads to the arrest of one individual on drug and other charges. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, his office had received numerous citizen complaints regarding reckless driving and suspicious vehicles in the area of Bruce Road and Holcomb Drive. Shirley said that as a result of those concerns, his office […]

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Prayer Vigil To Be Held This Month

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A prayer vigil is being organized for later this month to pray for the community and the nation in light of recent events across America. The vigil will take place on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. on Sage Street in downtown Toccoa, between the historic Stephens County Courthouse and the antique market. Stephens County Commission Chairman Dennis Bell called […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Holds Regular Meeting

Stephens County Commissioners approve a local resident’s request for a conditional use permit for his home based business. On Tuesday, county commissioners approved the request of Dustin Keeling on Virginia Drive in Eastanollee for a conditional use permit. Currently, Keeling’s property is zoned as a single family residence. Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said the permit would allow Keeling to […]

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Austin to Serve on GMA Board of Directors

Toccoa City Commissioner David Austin will serve on the Georgia Municipal Association Board of Directors. It was recently announced that Austin was elected to sit on that board. He was recognized at Monday’s Toccoa City Commission meeting. “One of the things that GMA offers is training for those of us who need training,” said Hellenga. “I found out that David […]

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