Stephens Co. Unemployment Rises in January

Initial unemployment numbers from the state show that Stephens County starts 2016 with a jump in the unemployment rate. According to figures released today by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate in January of an even 6 percent. That is three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised December rate of 5.7 percent, […]

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Franklin Co. Authorities Make Drug Bust on Traffic Stop

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White is praising the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office after a major drug bust Tuesday. According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, it happened Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 85 northbound when deputies stopped a vehicle for speeding. “The vehicle was stopped and a K-9 unit was on the stop,” […]

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Changes Coming to Banks Co. Intersection

The Georgia Department of Transportation will be making a major change to a heavily traveled Northeast Georgia intersection. This week, 28th District State Representative Dan Gasaway announced that the DOT will be making changes at the intersection of Georgia Highways 63 and 198 in Banks County. According to Gasaway, the changes are coming after a tragic and serious traffic accident […]

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Whispering Pines to Close For SR 17 Construction

Local officials are warning drivers about an upcoming area road closure. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers announced this week that she had received notification from C.W. Matthews that Whispering Pines Road would be closed on March 18 as required to complete the State Route 17 construction project. Ayers said she was told that the detour would be via Hickory Log […]

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Qualifying Still Going on for Local Races

The third day of qualifying in Stephens County brought no additional candidates into the fold for local races. Nobody has qualified for any county office since Tuesday afternoon. Qualifying continues today until 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Stephens County Registrar’s Office, located in the Stephens County Courthouse Annex on Tugalo Street in downtown Toccoa. […]

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County Looks At Road Work Priorities

Stephens County is preparing for another road paving season. On Tuesday, the Stephens County Commission unanimously approved a road proposal alternative for 2016. The commission was presented with a number of choices that were put together by staff and the county’s Roads and Bridges committee. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that what commissioners approved on Tuesday will be the […]

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Stephens Co. Purchases Dump Trucks

Stephens County road crews will get some new dump trucks to help them do their job. Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to purchase two 2016 Freightliner tandem dump trucks and a 2016 Freightliner single axle dump truck. According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, the dump trucks that the county is currently using are very old. “Their […]

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Jamieson Requests Goodwill Building for Open Arms Clinic

Former State Representative and current Toccoa City Commissioner Jeanette Jamieson is asking Stephens County to donate a vacant industrial building to the Open Arms Clinic. Jamieson spoke to Stephens County Commissioners on Tuesday about the Goodwill Building on Clary Connector in Eastanollee. That building recently became vacant and available when Goodwill Industries consolidated its operations in northeast Georgia in Cornelia. […]

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Two Arrested for Downtown Burglary

Two people face charges after an alleged burglary in Toccoa. Officers from the Toccoa Police Department were called to a home on the 100 block of East Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa just before noon on Tuesday. According to Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell, it was a vacant house and one of the property owners arrived and discovered two people […]

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