Toccoa Commission Discuss Shelter Budget

Toccoa City Commissioners said they will not give the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter more than the $150,000 they have budgeted for the shelter and animal control in Fiscal Year 2015. The city commission discussed the issue during a work session on Tuesday. Toccoa Mayor Gail Fry said that money is limited and the shelter has to understand what the city’s […]

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Tornado Touches Down Wed. in Banks County

The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down in Banks County during storms that moved through the region overnight Wednesday. According to the Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, it was an EF-1 tornado that touched down about one mile northeast of Homer. The National Weather Service said the tornado produced a two-mile path of damage with numerous trees and […]

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Toccoa Insurance Celebrates New Location

A local insurance broker celebrates a new location. The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday for Toccoa Insurance, which is celebrating its new location on Rosedale Street. Toccoa Insurance is owned by Southern States Insurance. Southern States Insurance Owner Jim Schubert said they are very pleased with their new location. Schubert said the company can […]

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Hart Sinkhole Repair Is a Huge Project, Says DOT

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking construction bids to repair the sinkhole on State Route 51/Reed Creek Highway in Hart County. DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said an overview of a repair plan has been developed. But she said the problem is the enormity of the repairs involved. “It’s a very complicated repair because […]

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Stephens Co. Approves New EMS Agreement

Stephens County Commissioners sign off on a new agreement with Stephens County Hospital regarding the county’s Emergency Medical Services department. Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved a new five-year EMS agreement with the Stephens County Hospital Authority beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2019. Under the agreement, the county pays the hospital to operate the county’s EMS service. County […]

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Wilbros Hearing Moves Into Day Four

The hearing over Wilbros’ appeal of the Georgia EPD’s order calling on the Rose Lane facility to shut down will continue today. Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings Spokesman Kevin Westray says that the judge extended the hearing into today and has also scheduled the hearing on the calendar for May 28 and May 29. The hearing started on Monday […]

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Seneca Police Arrest Toccoa Man on Drug Charge

By Dick Mangrum, WGOG Radio, Walhalla A 23-year old Toccoa man has been arrested in a drug sweep being conducted by the police in Seneca, South Carolina. Law enforcement authorities there have confirmed the arrest of Joshua LaDale Oglesby of 23 Riley Street on the charge of manufacture, possession with intent to distribute the controlled substance flunitrazepam. That is a […]

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Rainy Day Expected in Region Today

A flash flood watch remains in effect for Stephens County and surrounding areas from the National Weather Service. Rain started last night throughout the area. As of 7 a.m. today, downtown Toccoa has received 1.33 inches of rain since it all started. The rain is expected to continue today before moving out. Sunshine is expected to return tomorrow. Stay tuned […]

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