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May 30, 2013

A truck driver is okay after striking a bear with his tractor-trailer Memorial Day morning in Toccoa. The Toccoa Police Department said a 2008 International Tractor Trailer owned by LP Service Company of Clarkesville and driven by Perry Lavance Zimmerman of Clarkesville was heading towards Toccoa on Falls Road just before 2:30 a.m. Monday...

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Stephens Co. Commission Rescinds Letter of Support for Water Project

May 29, 2013

Stephens County Commissioners revoke their support for a proposed multi-million dollar project to interconnect area water systems. Madison and Elbert County officials want $10 million in state grant funds from the Governor’s Water Supply Program to interconnect water systems in five northeast Georgia counties, Stephens, Franklin, Madison, Elbert, and Oglethorpe. Last month, Stephens County...

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Toccoa Finalizes GEFA Loan Re-financing

May 29, 2013

The city of Toccoa will save hundreds of thousands of dollars after re-financing the city’s loans with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. Last Wednesday, Robert W. Baird and Company of Atlanta presented its recommendation for re-financing around $6 million in GEFA water/wastewater fund debt the city has to Toccoa City Commissioners at a work...

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SCSO Arrests Man For Burglary, Entering Auto After Chase

May 29, 2013

One man faces charges after alleged thefts and a high-speed chase last week. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said on May 20, Sheriff’s Office investigators received surveillance video from Crown Resources on Highway 17 of someone entering motor vehicles at the business the previous weekend. “They were removing items from inside the vehicles,” said...

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Stephens Co. Unemployment Drops Below 8 Percent

May 29, 2013

Stephens County’s unemployment rate drops below 8 percent for the first time in more than four years. According to figures released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 7.7 percent in April. That is down three-tenths of a percentage point from the revised March rate...

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Wilkinson Gets A+ From Ga. Chamber

May 29, 2013
Wilkinson Gets A+ From Ga. Chamber

Senator John Wilkinson makes the grade with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. The Georgia Chamber awarded Wilkinson with the highest rank possible on the Chamber’s legislative scorecard.According to the Georgia Chamber in a press release, the A+ ranking Wilkinson received recognizes legislators who have strongly supported business initiatives throughout the 2013 legislative session. The...

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Stephens County Observes Memorial Day

May 28, 2013
Stephens County Observes Memorial Day

Stephens County takes time to honor the fallen on Memorial Day. The county’s annual Memorial Day observance took place Monday on the lawn of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. During Monday’s observance, organizers presented three American flags that recently flew over the U.S. Capitol to the families of William Grady Hill,...

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Seven Killed on Ga. Highways Over Holiday Weekend

May 28, 2013

Initial numbers for the Memorial Day holiday travel weekend indicate that fewer people died this weekend on Georgia roadways than in any other previous Memorial Day weekend since the numbers were tracked. The final numbers from state law enforcement officials for the Memorial Day travel weekend show that 7 people died in traffic accidents...

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Stephens Co. Commission To Meet Later Today

May 28, 2013

Stephens County Commissioners are expected to re-visit discussions today about a letter of support the county has issued for a proposed multi-million dollar project to interconnect area water systems. Madison and Elbert County officials are seeking $10 million in state grant funds from the Governor’s Water Supply Program to interconnect water systems in five...

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Poke Sallit Festival Held Saturday in Toccoa

May 28, 2013
Poke Sallit Festival Held Saturday in Toccoa

The Toccoa community comes together for an annual Spring tradition. The annual Poke Sallit Festival took place this past Saturday at Emory Johnson Park in Toccoa. Seth Gholston’s father, Larry, helps to organize the festival. Seth said the festival included entertainment, activities, and of course, Poke Sallit. “The Poke Sallit festival is just a...

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