Stephens Co. Approves Court Fee Ordinance

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Stephens County Commissioners approve a court fee ordinance. Commissioners approved the new ordinance by a 4-1 vote at their meeting on Tuesday. According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the proposed ordinance would impose a court fee on any fine or community service sentence from the Magistrate Court, State Court, or Superior Court for any violation of any county ordinances […]

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GDOT Ready for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Georgia Department of Transportation is preparing the state’s roadways for what is projected to be a busy holiday travel weekend. Nearly 1.3 million Georgians are expected to hit the roads this Thanksgiving, according to projections from AAA. That is a 3.5 percent increase from last year. With so many expected on the roads, the Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related […]

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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedules Announced

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Local government offices are releasing their schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday. Toccoa City Hall and Stephens County government offices will both be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recycling scheduled to be picked up on Thursday will be picked up on Monday, November 28 and routes for garbage and recycling […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Authority Meets

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Stephens County Hospital will be upgrading some of its software in the emergency department. Monday, the Stephens County Hospital Authority unanimously approved the leasing of new electronic medical records software for the hospital’s emergency department. Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said they are looking to replace software that is more than 10 years old. “We currently have an electronic medical records […]

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“Click It Or Ticket” Underway

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Law enforcement are gearing up for a busy travel week this Thanksgiving holiday. Georgia is once again conducting a “Click It or Ticket” campaign, where the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Georgia State Patrol, and local law enforcement agencies work together to increase emphasis on buckling seat belts when traveling on the highways. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Meets Later Today

The Stephens County Board of Commissioners will consider approving a court fee ordinance at its meeting later today. Stephens County Commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. At the start of the meeting, county commissioners will hold a second reading and public hearing of the proposed court […]

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Stephens Co. Names Teacher of the Year

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The Stephens County School System names its Teacher of the Year. This year, the system-wide Teacher of the Year is Jessica Simmons. She is a teacher at Stephens County High School. Along with being the system-wide Teacher of the Year, Simmons is also the Teacher of the Year for Stephens County High School. Each year, the Stephens County School System […]

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Toccoa Readies For Festival of Trees

Downtown Toccoa is gearing up for the annual Festival of Trees. Main Street Toccoa will again host the 9th annual Festival of Trees coming up from November 30 through December 3. Toccoa Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said the Festival of Trees is a great way for people and businesses to give back to the community, while getting into […]

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Information Released on Fatal Auto Accident

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Authorities have released information on an accident that resulted in a fatality in Stephens County. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, the accident occurred on Yonah Dam Road at about 5 p.m. Thursday. Only one vehicle was involved. It was a 2002 Saturn SL2 driven by 67-year-old James Robert Payne of Toccoa. The GSP said the […]

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