SFB Officially Becomes Oconee Federal

A local bank starts its week with a new name. Over the weekend, Stephens Federal Bank officially changed its name to Oconee Federal Savings and Loan and the system integration between the two banks took place over the weekend. This completes the merger of the two banks that was announced last year and finalized in early December. Last February, Oconee […]

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Wilkinson To Chair State Senate Ag Committee

50th District State Senator John Wilkinson will once again serve as chair of the State Senate’s Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee for the 2015-2016 legislative term. The State Senate’s Committee on Assignments recently announced that Wilkinson would continue in the role of chair for that committee. He has served as the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee Chair since 2013. The […]

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Ga. DOT Announces Weekly Maintenance Schedule

The Georgia Department of Transportation has work planned in a number of area counties this week. DOT crews will be working along some roadways this week in Banks, Franklin, and Habersham counties. In Franklin County, a crew will inspect the drainage system for Interstate 85, closing the shoulder as work occurs. Elsewhere in Franklin County, a section of damaged guardrail […]

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Local Leaders React To Caterpillar Announcement

Local leaders are reacting to Caterpillar’s announcement that it will be closing its Stephens County facility over the next two years, resulting in the loss of about 120 jobs at that plant. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said it is devastating news. “Did not see this coming,” said Martin. “It is just a sad day for the […]

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MLK Activities Today in Toccoa

Activities for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day conclude today in Toccoa. At noon, Trinity C.M.E. Church will host the annual interfaith service honoring and remembering Dr. King. Following that service, at about 2 p.m., the annual march from the church to Toccoa City Hall will take place. Today’s activities wrap up a series of events over the last couple […]

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Woman Killed When Struck By Train

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said on Saturday that a woman was killed after being struck by a train in Stephens County. Shirley said that at 6 p.m. Friday, 911 dispatch contacted the Sheriff’s Office and reported that a Norfolk Southern cargo train had struck a pedestrian near the Stonewall Court bridge located in the area of the airport. Shirley […]

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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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