Police Blotter

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a number of reported thefts. According to a report on file, a deputy responded to a Howard Road residence on August 18, where a woman told the Sheriff’s Office that someone took approximately $250 in miscellaneous items from the premises that day. Meanwhile, a Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a residence on Hilton […]

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Nobody Hurt in Friday Night House Fire

Toccoa Fire Chief Tommy Ayers said nobody was hurt in a house fire late last week in the city. Ayers said Toccoa fire crews responded to a Julia Lane home on Friday, just after 9 p.m. He said a fire caused heavy damage to the kitchen and attic and smoke damage elsewhere throughout the home. Ayers said the cause of […]

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Toccoa Commission Meeting Today

Toccoa City Commissioners are expected to consider changes in the city’s building permit fee structure at their scheduled meeting today. The city commission is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today at Toccoa City Hall. Earlier this month, commissioners discussed simplifying the city’s current fee structure for building permits and also lowering the costs to make the city more competitive […]

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Red Cross Seeking Blood Donations

As summer comes to a close, the American Red Cross is issuing a call for blood donors. The Red Cross said that through the end of July, it received more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was expected. Even still, Red Cross Spokesperson Kristin Stancil said the summer months are ones in which the agency struggles to keep up with […]

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Carlisle Receives Ga. Chiefs Appointment

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle is embarking on a new venture designed to help strengthen law enforcement efforts in multiple North Georgia counties. At the recent Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Savannah, Carlisle was appointed as a District Representative for District 9 in Georgia. According to Carlisle, incoming Association President Keith Glass […]

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Toccoa Man on Navy Sub

A 2011 Mountain Education Center High School graduate and Toccoa, Ga. native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, the USS Alaska (SSBN 732). Petty Officer Harrison Walsch is a missile technician serving aboard the Kings Bay-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines. […]

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Brush Fire Friday Afternoon

A brush fire brought out multiple Stephens County fire departments Friday afternoon. Crews were called out during the 4 p.m. hour to the area of Highway 17 and Hayes-Wilbanks Road for a brush fire. Eastanollee, Martin, and Big Smith volunteer fire departments were all called to the scene, as were crews from the Georgia Forestry Commission. At one point, reports […]

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Police Blotter

A Toccoa business reported to police earlier this month that it had been broken into. The report on file with the Toccoa Police Department states that an officer arrived to a Stephens Circle business on August 19 in reference to a theft. The business reported that about $6,000 worth of items had been taken from the business. Meanwhile, the Toccoa […]

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SCSO, TPD Sponsoring Pistol Class

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and Toccoa Police Department will host a beginner’s pistol class next month. The class is scheduled to take place on September 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the James A. Neal Training Center in Toccoa. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said the course is encouraged for anyone who may be new to carrying or […]

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Stephens Co. Receives July Unemployment Numbers

Stephens County sees its unemployment rate rise in July. Figures released this week by the Georgia Department of Labor put Stephens County’s preliminary July unemployment rate at 7.9 percent. That is seven-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised June unemployment rate of 7.2 percent. While Stephens County’s preliminary July unemployment rate was higher than June, it is six-tenths […]

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