CASA Looks for Volunteers, Readies for Fundraiser

A regional organization that helps children in foster care is calling for more volunteers. Northeast Georgia Court-Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, serves Stephens, Rabun, Habersham, Franklin, Hart, Elbert, Madison, and Oglethorpe counties. Director Melissa Mitchell said that volunteers with Northeast Georgia CASA represent children in foster care in the court system. “They need someone to speak up for them and […]

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TFC Breaks Ground on New Nursing School Building

Toccoa Falls College breaks ground on its new nursing school. Local officials, campus community members, donors, healthcare administrators, and others gathered last Thursday to break ground on the building for the Fetterman School of Nursing. According to TFC, the new state-of-the-art academic facility will house simulation labs, mock hospital rooms, classrooms, and administrative offices to prepare students to serve in […]

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City of Toccoa Issues Water Quality Report

The city of Toccoa’s annual water quality report for calendar year 2015 is now available. According to the Toccoa Utilities Department, this report contains information about the source and quality of the drinking water produced by the city of Toccoa. Paper copies of the report are available in the Customer Service Lobby or in the Utilities Department at Toccoa City […]

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DNR Issues Check Scam Warning

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said it was the victim of a fraudulent check scam. DNR officials said that while the checks that were sent out did appear very similar to an official Department check, the check numbers did not align with any outstanding checks written by the Department. They added that the citizens who notified DNR about the […]

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Prescribed Fire Today in Stephens Co.

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The U.S. Forest Service said a prescribed burn should wrap up tonight. Forest Service officials said the prescribed fire is taking place today in Stephens County and may present smoke to residents of Stephens, Franklin, Habersham, Banks, and Hall counties. According to the Forest Service, it should be complete by 7 p.m. The Forest Service said the prescribed burn is […]

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Toccoa Commission Moves Closer to Increasing Its Pay

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A pay increase for Toccoa City Commissioners moves one step closer. On Monday, the Toccoa City Commission unanimously approved the first reading of a pay increase ordinance. Under the ordinance change, the pay for a city commissioner would increase from $8,400 per year to $15,000 per year in 2018, while the pay for the mayor would increase from $10,800 per […]

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City Commission Holds First Reading of Proposed FY 2017 Budget

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Toccoa City Commissioners take the first step in approving a budget for Fiscal Year 2017. On Monday, the city commission unanimously approved the first reading of the proposed budget. According to Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse, the proposed budget totals $35,496,758. “No property tax millage rate increase is proposed,” said Morse. “No increases are proposed for utility rates or other […]

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IRS Offering Tax Tips for After April 18

Tax day has come and gone for most people, but dealings with taxes may not be over yet. With that in mind, the Internal Revenue Service is offering some typical after tax-day issues. First, the IRS said that for those who failed to file a 2015 tax return by the April 18 deadline, file something as soon as possible to […]

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Stephens Co. Commission To Meet Today

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Stephens County Commissioners will consider a motion to extend a temporary moratorium for signage within the unincorporated portions of Georgia Highway 17 in Stephens County at their meeting this morning. The county commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. During the meeting, the county commission will consider […]

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