SCDA Meets, Elects Officers

The Stephens County Development Authority starts off its calendar year. The Development Authority board held its first meeting of 2015 Thursday morning at the Authority’s offices in downtown Toccoa. During the meeting, the Authority welcomed two new members to the board, as Toccoa Mayor Terry Carter and Stephens County Commission Chair Dennis Bell took their seats on the Authority for […]

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MLK Events Scheduled For This Weekend

Toccoa and Stephens County will host a series of events this weekend to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Saturday at 3 p.m. at Greater Hope Baptist Church in Martin, they will hold the annual “Senior Citizens Reflections” event. Then on Sunday at 5 p.m., the annual musical extravaganza will take place at Friendship Baptist Church […]

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Local Govts. Announce MLK Schedule

Local governments are announcing their schedules for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Both Stephens County government offices and Toccoa City Hall are closed on Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recyclables scheduled to be picked up on Monday, January 19th will be picked up on Tuesday, […]

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Stephens BOE Meets for January Work Session

The Stephens County Board of Education pays off its 2014 tax anticipation note. Thursday, Stephens County school officials said the system paid off its tax anticipation note of $4.752 million on December 4th. According to the monthly financial report, that left the school system with just under $500,000 excess revenues over expenditures as of December 31, which is the halfway […]

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2014: Dry Year for Lake Hartwell

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia While 2015 is off to a fairly wet start, a look back at 2014 shows it was a dry year for Lake Hartwell. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, observed rainfall in the upper basin recorded deficits in 2014 for all three sub-basins, but Lake Hartwell’s deficit was the biggest. Lake Hartwell […]

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Toccoa Receives Clean Audit Opinion

The city of Toccoa receives a generally positive report on its Fiscal Year 2014 audit. Auditors from Mauldin and Jenkins, the city’s auditing firm, met with city commissioners on Monday at a work session to review the audit for the fiscal year that wrapped up last June 30. Joel Black with Mauldin and Jenkins said overall, the city received a […]

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Grand Jury Hands Out True Bills of Indictment

A Stephens County grand jury indicts a man on charges of attempting to commit extortion against a local business. The grand jury handed down a true bill of indictment against Robert Pietrowicz on Tuesday for three counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony. Pietrowicz, who is from Clayton, was arrested on the charges by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office […]

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SCSO Investigates Dog Incident

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says authorities have completed an investigation in to an incident involving a dog recently in the county. WNEG received concerns that were also posted on social media regarding someone who had allegedly castrated a dog on their own. The sheriff says after meeting with Magistrate Judge Don Tabor, authorities have determined that there is not […]

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City Gets Update on Ward Creek Project

A project designed to try to solve sewer overflows at the Ward Creek Lift Station is on hold temporarily while issues are resolved. City commissioners received an update on the project Monday. Plans are to install a secondary sewer line to help with the flow of wastewater from the Ward Creek Lift Station to help prevent sewer overflows that happen […]

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City Signs Jail Housing Agreement

The city of Toccoa signs off on a jail inmate housing agreement with Stephens County. City commissioners unanimously voted to approve the agreement Monday night that covers the housing of city inmates at the Stephens County Jail. According to Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse, city and county officials agreed at a joint meeting last year that such an agreement needed […]

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