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Andrews Court Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide

June 13, 2013

Authorities are declaring the deaths of two individuals in Toccoa earlier this week as a murder-suicide. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner notified the Stephens County Coroner’s Office Wednesday of the ruling involving the deaths of Ernest Farren Mitchell, 51, and Selena Dianne Mitchell, 49, both...

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Charges Filed in Almond St. Incident Last Week

June 13, 2013

A Toccoa man faces multiple felony charges after he allegedly shot at two women in a pick-up truck last week. Wednesday, Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell announced that authorities have charged 55-year-old Glen Adams, Jr. of Almond Street in Toccoa with two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Possession of a Firearm...

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Tom Hanks Makes Donation To Camp Toccoa at Currahee

June 13, 2013

A world-renowned actor is putting his support behind the Camp Toccoa at Currahee project in Stephens County. The Camp Toccoa at Currahee board announced this week that it received a $25,000 donation for the restoration of the camp from actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, through the actor’s foundation. Hanks had served...

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Autopsy Results Confirm Drowning Over Weekend on Lake Hartwell

June 13, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Autopsy results are back on the Hartwell man who died while swimming in Lake Hartwell Saturday. 54-year old Dennis Baker of the Reed Creek Community in Hartwell died around 7:30 p.m. last Saturday evening while swimming with friends at the old Reed Creek Boat Ramp. Hart County Sheriff...

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Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting For Longstreet Cancer Center

June 13, 2013
Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting For Longstreet Cancer Center

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the Longstreet Cancer Center. The Longstreet Cancer Center is under the banner of the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville. Dr. Anup Lahiry is the medical oncologist and hematologist for the Longstreet Cancer Center. He said they appreciate the support they have received...

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Attorneys Continue Negotiations in Wilbros Case, Per Judge’s Orders

June 13, 2013

Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said Tuesday that parties for both Wilbros and the plaintiffs suing Wilbros continue to negotiate per the instructions of the judge overseeing the civil suit. According to Ranck, the two sides are currently in the midst of a 15-day negotiating period to attempt to reach a new joint order...

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Stephens Co. Presents Proposed Budget for FY 2014

June 12, 2013

Stephens County presents its proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers presented the proposed budget during Tuesday’s commission meeting. The proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget totals about $16.5 million for all funds and $12.9 million for the general fund. Both of those numbers are down from the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The...

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Citing Misunderstanding, Carl Vinson Institute Says It Will Help County on Land Use

June 12, 2013

Despite reports to the contrary, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government said Tuesday it is more than willing to help Stephens County in its efforts to design a land use plan. Last week, County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that the institute notified her recently that it would not enter into a contract with Stephens...

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Toccoa Considering Yard Sale Ordinance

June 12, 2013

Toccoa City Commissioners are considering enacting an ordinance to put some rules on yard sales in the city limits. Commissioners discussed the proposed ordinance Monday. Toccoa City Commissioner Gail Fry says she feels the ordinance is needed. Fry said she does not have a problem with yard sales in general. “I know that a...

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Last Two Defendants Enter Pleas In 2012 Home Invasion

June 12, 2013

The final two defendants in a Stephens County home invasion that resulted in the death of one of the alleged intruders have entered pleas. 20-year-old Qym Dashun Johnson of Canon and 16-year-old Daniel Lee Holmes of an unknown address entered the pleas in Stephens County Superior Court earlier this week. Johnson entered an Alford...

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