Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Thanksgiving, for many, means cooking that big family meal. With that in mind, the National Fire Protection Association is offering some cooking safety tips for the holiday. The National Fire Protection Association says that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, noting that in 2013, there were 1,550 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day, 230 percent above the […]

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NGTC Photography Students Win Awards

North Georgia Technical College photography students were top winners at the Georgia Professional Photographers Association state convention in September held at Jekyll Island. Students Jordan Thomas received the Student Photographer of the Year Award and Frank Zayas earned second place in landscape. Meanwhile, North Georgia Technical College Professional Lab Assistant Georgia Zumwalt won first place in commercial and portrait of a woman; the Dick Dickerson Award for […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Agrees to Fund Additional Public Defender

Stephens County will contribute additional funding to the Mountain Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s office to add a new attorney’s position. On Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners voted unanimously to provide the funding for the position starting in January. Chief Public Defender Drew Powell appeared before Stephens County Commissioners to make the request on Tuesday. He said that if his office does […]

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Arrest Made in Martin Burglary

A Stephens County woman is charged in connection with an alleged burglary in Martin this week. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it started when deputies were summoned to a coin laundry on North Red Hollow Road in Martin in reference to a burglary in progress at about 11:20 p.m. on Monday. “Dispatch gave out a description of the suspect’s […]

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Authorities Announce Two Drug Arrests

Authorities are announcing a pair of drug arrests. According to the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, the first arrest stemmed from the search for a fugitive earlier this month. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office had been looking for 23-year-old William Brandon Vinson of Christine Circle in Toccoa for several weeks. Shirley said Vinson faced charges of hit […]

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Continuing Burglary Investigation Leads to Second Arrest

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said another person faces charges and his office has recovered additional stolen property in connection to an alleged residential burglary. In October, investigators with the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old James Richard Gibson of Martinez, Georgia and charged him with a burglary on Shangri-La Drive. Initially, authorities recovered several thousand dollars of items that […]

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City, County Announce Holiday Schedule

Local governments are announcing their schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday this week. Both Toccoa City Hall and Stephens County government offices will close both Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recycling scheduled to be picked up on Thursday, November 26 will be picked up on Monday, November 30 […]

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Stephens Co. Registrar Search Continues

Stephens County officials said they are still waiting to finalize a new County Registrar. According to officials, two finalists were interviewed in recent days by Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Rusty Smith, who will make the official appointment. Now, officials said it is a matter of finalizing an offer with the person that is offered the position. Stephens County […]

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Stephens Co. School System Names Teacher of Year

Liberty Elementary School art teacher Timothy Mitchell is this year’s Stephens County School System Teacher of the Year. The announcement came last week. Each year, the Stephens County School System selects its Teacher of the Year from a group of individuals named the Teacher of the Year at each Stephens County school. Besides Mitchell, who was also named the Liberty […]

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SCHS Teacher Talks About Trip To Normandy

Two Stephens County High School teachers continue to use things they learned over the summer overseas. Earlier this year, teachers Derek Demmler and Amanda Rogowski received a Rural Teacher Global Fellowship sponsored by the Rural School and Community Trust. They used the grant funding to take a trip in June to England and Normandy, France to study D-Day and the […]

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