One Arrested In Deer Chase Rd. Burglary

One person is facing a burglary charge after allegedly stealing items from a Stephens County residence. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says that it all started when deputies responded to a Deer Chase Road residence last Thursday, June 12, regarding a burglary that had previously occurred. Shirley said the deputy who arrived was told that about $3,500 worth of electronics […]

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Byargeon Pleads Guilty; Sentenced to 30 Years In Prison

A former Stephens County jailer pleads guilty to child molestation and other charges. Bobby Lee Byargeon of Toccoa pleaded guilty last week in Stephens County Superior Court to numerous charges, including child molestation, sexual exploitation of children, and cruelty to children in the first degree. He was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison, followed by another 30 years probation. […]

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Child Molestation Trial Underway in Toccoa

A child molestation trial gets underway in Stephens County Superior Court. Opening statements in the trial of Byard Donald Charles started Tuesday morning in Toccoa. That is after jury selection took all day on Monday. Charles is charged with two counts of child molestation, involving someone under the age of 16 years old. The indictment states the alleged crimes took […]

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Lavonia Police Chief Warns of Social Security Scam

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle is warning citizens to aware of a possible Social Security fraud scheme. Carlisle said he was recently notified by the Social Security confirming his online account – but Carlisle said he never set up the account. He said he spoke to a Social Security representative, who went over a […]

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Police Blotter

The Toccoa Police Department responded to a Poplar Way residence on June 14 in reference to a theft. According to the report on file with police, a woman told police she had a Yamaha guitar that belonged to a friend stolen from the inside of her home. The incident allegedly happened sometime between the morning of June 6 and the […]

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Stephens County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Getting Body Cameras

Stephens County Sheriff’s Office deputies are receiving a new piece of equipment. Recently, the Sheriff’s Office issued all patrol deputies body cameras. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said deputies will use the equipment to record contacts between themselves and the public. “It will be activated during all calls for service as well as contacts initiated by deputies, such as traffic […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Meeting Later Today

The Stephens County Board of Education is expected to consider two budget related resolutions at its meeting later today. Today’s regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Mize Road. During the meeting, the school board is expected to consider both a July spending resolution and a […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Schedules Called Meeting

Stephens County Commissioners are holding a special called meeting later today. The county commission is set to meet at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Stephens County Courthouse. During the meeting, the board is expected to consider a motion to enter into an agreement with a broker for health insurance. The topic of health insurance came up during last week’s regular […]

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Toccoa Commission To Meet Today

Toccoa City Commissioners will meet later today for their second meeting in the month of June. The city commission has moved up by a week its second monthly meeting. City commissioners will meet today at 5 p.m. at Toccoa City Hall. Topping the agenda for today’s meeting are pool-related topics. First, the city commission is expected to open bids for […]

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