Vietnam Commemoration Tonight in Toccoa

An event tonight in Stephens County will honor veterans and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The event is taking place at 6 p.m. tonight at the VFW Post 4346 on West Savannah Street in Toccoa. Organizers say there will be Vietnam veteran guest speakers, representatives from the Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs and more. Vietnam Veterans will […]

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Colbert Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

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The man charged in the death of Tomas Colbert earlier this year pleads not guilty. Court officials indicated this week that Marqueela Lawain Hill waived formal arraignment and entered the not guilty plea in recent days in Stephens County Superior Court. The next possible court date for Hill would be August 25 regarding criminal motions. Hill’s case will be heard […]

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Checkpoint, Chase Leads to Two Arrests

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Two people face charges after a high speed chase last week in Stephens County. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, it started when members of the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a highway safety checkpoint last Friday on Oak Valley Road at South Red Rock Road. Shirley said while there, deputies encountered a vehicle that attempted to avoid […]

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Call for Service Leads to Arrest

A man faces a charge after deputies were called to a Toccoa residence last week. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies responded to a call for service in Toccoa regarding an alleged violation of a Temporary Protective Order last Thursday. Shirley said based on evidence obtained during the report, deputies issued an arrest warrant for 38-year-old Mark Allen […]

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Downed Tree Caused Tuesday Power Outage

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Georgia Power said a tree was to blame for the power outage that affected a wide swath of Toccoa on Tuesday. The outage took place during the early morning hours. According to a Georgia Power spokesman, a live tree fell onto a power line off of Collier Road, causing the outage. Tuesday morning’s outage affected an area including part of […]

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Toccoa Looking At Defining Accessory Dwellings

The Toccoa City Commission is getting ready to consider whether to add language to its zoning ordinance that would officially define accessory dwellings on residential properties. City commissioners looked at proposed language for a definition at a work session last week upon the recommendation of the Toccoa Planning Commission. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said the issue came up as […]

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Surgeon Rejoining Toccoa Clinic

Surgeon Gordon M. Kelly, Jr., is rejoining the medical staff of Toccoa Clinic. Dr. Kelly will practice general surgery from the Physicians Center in Lavonia and has surgical privileges at Stephens County and St. Mary’s Sacred Heart hospitals. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, and his masters and doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his […]

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State Health Officials Mark National Immunization Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Georgia District Two Public Health is taking the opportunity to remind residents to make sure everyone in the family is up-to-date on their vaccinations. District Two Public Health Spokesman Dave Palmer said that August is a good time to issue this reminder because of students heading back to school. “In school, vaccines are required […]

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