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Toccoa Elementary Up For Grant

November 15, 2012

A Stephens County elementary school is in the running for a grant from a major U.S. company. Toccoa Elementary School has been nominated for a grant from the Clorox Company’s “Power a Bright Future” program. According to the program’s website, “Power a Bright Future” celebrates all activities, from academic to extracurricular and seeks nominations...

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Monday Fire Victim Identified

November 14, 2012

Authorities have identified the woman killed in a house fire this week in Stephens County. Stephens County Coroner Chris Stephens said that 56-year-old Shelvy Jean Masters Martin was killed in the fire at her home on Highway 123, east of Toccoa. Multiple stations responded to the fire at about 10:30 p.m. Monday on Highway...

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Fatal Fire On Hwy. 123 Monday

November 14, 2012

Authorities continue to investigate what may have caused a fatal fire Monday night in Stephens County. Multiple stations responded to the fire at about 10:30 p.m. Monday on Highway 123 in the area of Osborne Wood Products. According to Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeff Lanier, his department responded, along with Big Smith Volunteer...

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Toccoa To Do Trial Vehicle Conversion to Compressed Natural Gas

November 14, 2012

The city of Toccoa will convert a few of its vehicles to compressed natural gas as a trial to see what savings the city may experience on fuel costs. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners approved a motion to convert five vehicles to compressed natural gas and purchase and install a compressed natural gas fueling station...

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Toccoa Police Asking for Public’s Help in Two Cases

November 14, 2012
Toccoa Police Asking for Public’s Help in Two Cases

The Toccoa Police Department is asking the community to be on the lookout in regards to a couple of recent cases. First, police said that they are searching for 39-year-old Daniel Lee Simmons of Toccoa. Toccoa Police Department Interim Chief Tim Jarrell said that Simmons is a white male whose last known address was...

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Stephens Co. Commission Approves Gift Cards, Bonuses for Employees

November 14, 2012

Stephens County Commissioners approve Thanksgiving gift cards and Christmas year-end bonuses for county employees. Tuesday, the county commission voted unanimously to provide a $30 gift card for county employees at Thanksgiving, as well as year-end bonuses for county employees of $100 for full-time employees and $50 for part-time employees. Stephens County Commission Chairman Dean...

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School System Annual Report Forum Held

November 14, 2012

Local leaders hear the annual report from the Stephens County School System. Tuesday, Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten presented the School System’s annual report at the Gate Cottage on the Campus of Toccoa Falls College. The event is sponsored by the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee and took place in conjunction...

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Police Blotter

November 14, 2012

A Whispering Pines Road resident has told the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office that a theft occurred at his home. According to the report on file with the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, the man told a deputy on November 7 that a 5 x 8 utility trailer valued at $600 had been stolen from his...

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Toccoa Changes Utility Delinquency Policy

November 13, 2012

The Toccoa City Commission approves changes to the city’s utility delinquency policy. During Monday’s meeting, commissioners voted on changes to the policy. The initial policy presented Monday for a vote would have given a customer only 15 days to pay from the billing date before being late and 30 days to pay before the...

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Stephens Co. Commission To Meet Today

November 13, 2012

Stephens County Commissioners will meet later today for a regularly scheduled meeting and work session. The county commission will meet beginning at 5 p.m. today at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. Commissioners will meet first at 5 p.m. for a work session on the agenda items. Immediately following the work session,...

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