Prayer Vigil Tonight in Downtown Toccoa

A prayer vigil first called for earlier this month by Stephens County Commission Chairman Dennis Bell will take place tonight in downtown Toccoa. Bell called for the event at the July 12 Stephens County Commission meeting in light of recent events across America. At the time, he said people need to come together and pray for the nation’s leaders and […]

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Summer Movies, Ida Cox Series Wrap Up This Weekend

A couple of summer series in downtown Toccoa wrap up this weekend. Today is the final day for “Summer Movies at the Schaefer Center” and Saturday is the final night for the “Ida Cox Music Series.” First, Main Street Toccoa will be showing the movie “Minions” today at the Schaefer Center. Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said it is […]

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GDOT, Waze Enter Partnership

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it has entered into a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free, real-time crowd sourced navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Designed as a free, two-way data share of publicly available traffic information, DOT officials said the Connected Citizens Program will promote greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for citizens […]

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Whitlock Reacts to Run-off Win

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Debbie Whitlock wins a second four-year term on the Stephens County Commission. The incumbent defeated challenger Kenny Yearwood on Tuesday in the Republican run-off for the Post Two seat on the county commission. According to the final unofficial results, Whitlock received 861 votes, or 65.48 percent, to Yearwood’s 454 votes, or 34.52 percent. Whitlock said she is happy to have […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Deals With Road Related Bids

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Stephens County Commissioners are moving forward with plans to pave three gravel roads in the county. On Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners voted unanimously to reject a bid from Colwell Construction Company, Inc. for setting base and triple surface treatment on Freedom Drive/Freedom Court, Wards Creek Road, and Swilling Road. According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, staff feels a much […]

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Hartwell Enters Drought Trigger Level One

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The three reservoirs on the Savannah River operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including Hartwell Lake, have entered the first drought trigger level. The Corps’ Savannah District office made the announcement Monday. Drought Trigger Level 1 is defined as below 656 feet above mean sea level for Hartwell Lake and 326 feet […]

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Stephens Co. Grand Jury Issues Indictments

Stephens County grand jurors indict two people accused of stealing from a Stephens County residence last year. Last week, the grand jury indicted Kimberly Dawn Devault of Eastanollee and James Richard Gibson of Martinez, Georgia. Gibson was indicted on a charge of Burglary in the First Degree, while Devault was indicted on charges of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and […]

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Stephens Co. Run-off Election Today

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Stephens County voters will make their decision today in the Stephens County Commission Post Two Republican run-off. Polls open this morning as voters in Stephens County will choose between incumbent Debbie Whitlock and challenger Kenny Yearwood. Stephens County Registrar Bill Cochran said that the polls will be open all day long. “Today, the polls are at the Stephens County Senior […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Re-Ups Dorsey

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Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey receives a new three-year contract. Monday morning, the Stephens County Board of Education voted unanimously to give Dorsey a new, three-year contract that took effect on Monday. As part of the new agreement, the Board increased Dorsey’s salary from $125,000 per year to $127,500 per year. This new contract comes just over one year […]

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