Follow-Up Investigation Results in Drug Charges

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is announcing more arrests in connection to the investigation of a homicide in Virginia earlier this month. Earlier this month, three people were arrested in Toccoa in connection to the alleged homicide of a man near Roanoke, Virginia. At the time of those arrests, authorities said that the investigation was ongoing and more arrests were […]

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Rumsey Rd. Fight Leads to Two Arrests

Two people face charges after authorities say a fight sends someone to the hospital. It allegedly happened on May 6 on Rumsey Road. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office responded to a call of someone who was bleeding and unresponsive. “Two individuals, a boyfriend and girlfriend, had come to the residence regarding some argument during the afternoon […]

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City Shutting Down Toccoa Motel, Budget Inn

The city of Toccoa is condeming two more city hotels. Monday, Toccoa officials announced that the Budget Inn and Toccoa Motel, both located on Currahee Street, were inspected on May 4 and found as unfit for human habitation. City officials said that after being notified of the violations, the owner of Budget Inn and Toccoa Motel made the decision to […]

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Toccoa Approves FY 16 Budget

The city of Toccoa has its budget in place for Fiscal Year 2016. Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved the budget for next fiscal year at their meeting Monday. Toccoa’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget totals just under $36.2 million and includes no change in the millage rate for city property owners and no change in utility rates for city water and […]

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More Details Released on Martin Accident

The Georgia State Patrol is releasing more information about an accident that injured a pedestrian in Stephens County over the weekend. It occurred on Georgia Highway 17 in the Martin area, near the Stephens County-Franklin County line, just after 9 p.m. on Sunday. Toccoa GSP Post Commander Chad Johnson said a 2014 Nissan Sentra, driven by 24-year-old Savannah Renea Woods […]

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Ty Cobb Officials Outline Sale to St. Mary’s

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Ty Cobb Healthcare officials said they had no choice but to sell the Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center to St. Mary’s Healthcare System. That was the message at a state-required public hearing on the proposed sale last Thursday. Ty Cobb CEO Greg Hearn said during the hearing that the hospital had been losing money […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Meeting Today

Stephens County Commissioners will consider a motion today to set up a short-term recycling location and solution as work continues on a long-term solution. The Stephens County Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. During the meeting, county commissioners are scheduled to consider a motion to authorize staff […]

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SCSO, Drug Task Force Announce Arrests

Two separate drug investigations in Stephens County lead to multiple drug arrests. First, agents of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Georgia Department of Corrections Canine Unit, and the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office arrested numerous individuals on May 1. Authorities said that 35-year-old Brandy Handberry and 42-year-old Robert Handberry, both of Toccoa, were arrested and charged with Possession of […]

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Stephens Co. Special Olympics Holds Spring Games

Stephens County Special Olympians take to the field. The annual Stephens County Special Olympics Spring Games took place Friday at the Stephens County High School football stadium. Athletes from all over the county gathered to compete in a number of events and also enjoy other activities. Stephens County Special Olympics Local Coordinator Kevin Phillips said that everything went well on […]

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