Shirley Urges Caution on New Ga. 17

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley is urging caution for drivers as the new four-lane Highway 17 opens up. Much of the road between Toccoa and Franklin County is already four lanes, though the area between Scott Road and Hayes-Wilbanks Road remains a two-lane highway. According to the sheriff, there have already been some minor accidents. Meanwhile, a final traffic shift […]

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Toccoa Cemetery Project Ongoing, But Nearing End

Work on mapping the Toccoa City Cemetery and computerizing those records is almost complete. Faith Bryan and Brandon Carlock from the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission appeared at last week’s Toccoa City Commission work session to provide an update on their project. They have been working on the project since June 2014. Bryan said that work is nearing completion and that […]

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Tennessee Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Lavonia

A Tennessee man faces drug charges in northeast Georgia after authorities arrested him earlier this month. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the North Georgia Drug Task Force and the Lavonia Police Department arrested 33-year-old Travis Shelton Courtner of Tennessee for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Xanax, Giving False Name and Date of Birth, and two counts of Obstructing […]

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SCHS Softball Edges Rabun Co.

A late comeback propels the Stephens County High School softball team to a non-region win. The Lady Indians came from behind to beat Rabun County, 2-1, at the Reservation in Toccoa on Monday. Trailing 1-0, Stephens County tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kayley Sellers hit a two out single to score Karly Smith. Then […]

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SCHS Volleyball Splits Non-Region Matches

Stephens County High School volleyball picks up another non-region split. Monday, the Lady Indians hosted East Hall and Johnson of Gainesville at the Currahee Arena. In the first match, Stephens County was beaten by East Hall in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-20. However, the Lady Indians came back to beat Johnson of Gainesville in straight sets in the second match, […]

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Stephens Co. Unemployment Goes Up in July

Stephens County sees a jump in its unemployment rate in the month of July. According to figures released last week from the state Labor Department, Stephens County had a preliminary July unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, up six-tenths of a percentage point from June’s 6 percent. The July rate in Stephens County was three-tenths of a percentage point lower than […]

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IRS Warns of Student Tax Scam

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Now that school is back in session, the Internal Revenue Service is warning college students of a new kind of scam designed to get their money and their personal information. The IRS said impersonators are calling students pretending to be from the agency and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a “federal […]

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Church To Continue Renting Schaefer Center

A local church will continue to use the Schaefer Center for the next year. On Friday, the Toccoa Downtown Development Authority unanimously approved a lease for Crosstown Church to use the Schaefer Center for 2017. DDA members had tabled the matter previously at their last meeting on August 12. Toccoa DDA Chair Clint Sanders said that some of the DDA […]

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Local Umpire Calls LLWS Title Game

Local Little League umpire Brian Henry works the Little League World Series championship game. Henry, a volunteer umpire for the Toccoa Little League with 20 years of experience, is one of the members of the umpire crew that is working the tournament and on Sunday, he called the balls and strikes behind home plate for the championship game of the […]

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