Stephens Co. Hospital Holds Love Light Program

A holiday tradition kicks off the month of December at Stephens County Hospital. Thursday night, the hospital held its 33rd annual Love Light Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event is organized by the Stephens County Hospital Auxiliary, which is part of the Stephens County Hospital Foundation. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said the volunteers who help make up the Hospital […]

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McDonald’s Holds Ribbon Cutting

A local restaurant celebrates an addition to its service. McDonald’s of Toccoa held a Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting on Thursday to celebrate the recent opening of its second drive-thru ordering lane. Toccoa McDonald’s Owner Susan Nichols said having two points at which customers can order going through the drive-thru has worked very well so far. “The dual point […]

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Local Company Breaks Ground on Expansion

A local company breaks ground on a major expansion. GEM Industries held a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday at its location on Clary Connector in Eastanollee for its 100,000 plus square foot addition that was announced back in October. The expansion represents a $10 million investment and will create about 25 new jobs. The company makes washroom accessories, toilet partitions, and […]

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New Chamber President Settling In

New Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce President Julie Paysen is settling in to her new office. Paysen started Monday after the Chamber board voted to hire her for the position. She said she is ready to get started. “I am just humbled and honored to have this opportunity to help make a difference in our community,” said Paysen. “I am […]

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Two Arrested For Trafficking Meth in Stephens, Other Area Counties

Authorities said two people arrested in White County were involved in trafficking drugs throughout the region, including Stephens County. Back on November 21, the White County Sheriff’s Office and agents of the North Georgia Regional Drug Enforcement Office executed a search warrant at a Georgia Highway 254 residence in Cleveland after a lengthy investigation. At that time, agents said they […]

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Additional Charges Filed Against Burglary Suspect

Authorities in Stephens County have filed more charges against a Toccoa man in connection to a series of burglaries in the city and county. Late last month, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Joshua Cole Harrison of Sunset Road in Toccoa and charged him in connection with 13 residential burglaries in Stephens County. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said […]

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Animal Shelter Continues To Face Financial Crunch

The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter continues to deal with financial challenges. Monday, the Shelter Board met and discussed the current financial picture. Currently, Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said that financial picture includes a budget deficit of $22,964. Projected over a whole year, Roberts said that if nothing changes, the deficit could end up in the $60,000 range. Three of the […]

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Wilbros Appeal Hearing Continues Today

The next court date in the case of Wilbros vs. the Georgia Environmental Protection Division takes place later today. Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker with the Office of State Administrative Hearings will hear oral arguments in Wilbros’ appeal of the EPD’s administrative order against the facility at 1:30 p.m. today at the OSAH office in Atlanta. The oral arguments will […]

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