Investigation Closed Into Inmate Death

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Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Christian said that he has closed the investigation into the death of an inmate at the Stephens County Jail earlier this year. Christian said that he found no evidence of any criminal matter or anything that appeared suspicious in the death of 24-year-old Barry J. Mullinax. Mullinax, who was from the Liberty-Easley, South Carolina […]

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Stephens Co. Employees To See Health Insurance Hike

Stephens County government employees will pay more for health insurance in the upcoming fiscal year. Last week, the Stephens County Commission unanimously approved the health, vision, and dental premium renewal with Blue Cross Blue Shield for Fiscal Year 2017, which starts on July 1. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that while dental and vision premiums are not changing, the […]

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State To Honor Vietnam Veterans

Georgia is planning to honor Vietnam War veterans in conjunction with the 50th anniversary commemoration of the war. The Georgia Department of Veterans Service, in partnership with the Office of Governor Nathan Deal, has created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program for these veterans. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4346 Commander Ron Rider said that this applies to an […]

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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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