Stephens Co. Millage Rate Could Be On Rise

Stephens County property owners may see an increase of just over three mills in the county’s property tax millage rate this year, based on the current proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget. County commissioners met to discuss the budget during two days of meetings Monday and Tuesday. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that based on the opinions expressed by a […]

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Humane Shelter Has New Website

The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter has a new website up and running. Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said the new site has gone online at www.tschs.org. Roberts said the shelter has put a lot of time into redesigning the website. “We have spent months in designing a website that is very informative, easy to use, (and) with a lot of good […]

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Arrest Made In Defoor Rd. Safety Check Incident

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office says a Toccoa man faces charges for fleeing from deputies at a safety check Monday. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that it started at about 1:30 p.m. Monday when a white Jaguar driven by 44-year-old Sidney Fortson of West Spring Street in Toccoa pulled up to the safety check at the intersection of Defoor […]

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Alleged Drug Shipment Leads To Arrest

A Martin man faces drug and other charges after authorities arrested him at his home last week. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it started last week when authorities received information about a delivery about to take place to a Martin residence. “Tuesday, April 29, the Mountain Judicial (Circuit) N.C.I.S. Team and the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office received information of […]

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Stephens Co. Celebrates Solar Panel Farm

The community comes together to celebrate Stephens County’s new solar panel farm. Local officials gathered at the solar panel farm on Turner Road Tuesday for a commissioning ceremony. United Renewable Energy of Alpharetta operates the solar panels and leases the land on which the solar panels are located from the Stephens County Development Authority. The project is part of a […]

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Stephens Co. Planning Commission Holds First Meeting

The Stephens County Planning Commission holds its first meeting. The new board met for its first official meeting Tuesday night at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. In its first order of business, the Planning Commission selected a chair and vice-chair. By a unanimous vote of the board, Mark Smith was elected to serve as the Planning Commission […]

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Sinkhole Develops on SR 51 in Hart Co.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A giant sinkhole has closed part of State Route 51 in Hart County. The 20-foot-deep sinkhole opened up Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. and takes up almost the entire northbound lane of State Route 51, about 6 miles north of Hartwell in Hart County. Lake Hartwell is on both sides of the roadway. Georgia Department […]

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