Stephens Co. Discuss Road Repairs, Maintenance At Retreat

Stephens County Commissioners talk roads at a retreat. Commissioners met for a retreat on Friday where the first topic on the agenda was roads and SPLOST VI. According to the SPLOST VI intergovernmental agreement approved last year, Stephens County allocated up to $10.4 million of SPLOST VI funds on roads, bridges, and culverts. During Friday’s retreat, Stephens County Public Works […]

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Stephens Co. United Way Campaign Underway

Stephens County kicks off its annual United Way campaign. The campaign kick-off event took place last Tuesday at Gate Cottage on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. Local United Way Campaign Chair Gary Donahue said the goal is to raise $120,000 for the United Way through this year’s campaign. “We raised $118,000 last year,” said Donahue. “We got a good […]

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This is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is encouraging the state’s residents to take steps now to ensure protection for their family and property in the event of a disaster. Hudgens said the first step is to prepare for the worst by identifying evacuation plans and taking proactive steps to protect property from loss. He said […]

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NGTC Accepting Application For Annual Alumni Awards

The deadline is tomorrow (Sept. 16) for someone to be nominated for the annual North Georgia Technical College Alumni Awards. The North Georgia Tech Alumni Association is inviting people to nominate deserving NGTC graduates and former teachers and staff members for its annual awards. Awards are given in categories including Hall of Fame, Career Achievement, and Young Alumni. North Georgia […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Approves Budget

The Stephens County School System has its budget in place for the current Fiscal Year. Stephens County Board of Education members approved the Fiscal Year 2015 budget unanimously at a meeting Thursday. Fiscal Year 2015 started back on July 1. Since then, the school board has passed monthly spending resolutions to operate while the budget was finalized for this fiscal […]

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Archery Deer Season Starts Saturday

As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, it is time to prepare for a favorite time of year for many hunters. Archery deer season gets underway Saturday in Georgia. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Officer Craig Fulgum said there are no major changes for hunters headed out this weekend. “The regulations are the same as in prior […]

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Rhythm Academy Celebrates New Location

A local business continues to settle into a new location. The Rhythm Academy Dance Company held a Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting to officially celebrate its new location in downtown Toccoa on Alexander Street. Rhythm Academy Owner Dana Ott said that they still offer all of the same classes and programs in the new location, just around the […]

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Collins Introduces Bill to Suspend Visa Waiver Program Temporarily

9th District U.S. Congressman Doug Collins is calling for an emergency short-term suspension in the U.S. State Department’s Visa Waiver Program. He introduced legislation to enact that this week. Collins said the program, which is meant to expedite foreign travel for residents of United States and 38 designated countries, could be utilized by Islamic State terrorists who posses western passports […]

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Stephens Co. Approves Budget Increase for Public Defender’s Office

Stephens County will pay more in its Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the public defender’s office. Tuesday, the Stephens County Commission approved a Fiscal Year 2015 budget amendment of $3,023 for indigent defense. Stephens County splits costs for the public defender’s office with the other two counties in the Mountain Judicial Circuit, Habersham County and Rabun County. Mountain Judicial Circuit […]

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SCSO Announces Drug Arrests

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office says two people have been arrested on felony and misdemeanor drug charges over the last several days. First, Sheriff Randy Shirley said that on September 3, 58-year-old Phillip Wayne Curbow of Thrasher Drive in Toccoa sold a quantity of methamphetamine during an undercover operation involving the Mountain Judicial Circuit N.C.I.S. Drug Team. Shirley said that […]

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