GBI Announces Child Exploitation Arrests

A Habersham County man is among those arrested during a multi-state operation targeting those who allegedly sexually exploit children by using the Internet. “Operation Southern Impact” involved law enforcement agencies from Georgia and Alabama, according to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI said 17 people were arrested in Georgia during this operation, including 34-year-old Daniel […]

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Retired Cornelia Police Chief On State Committee

Retired Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby will serve on a nominating committee to select the next Advocate for the state’s Office of Child Advocate. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an executive order naming that nominating committee last week. According to the executive order, the nominating committee is tasked with considering candidates and recommending at least three individuals for the position […]

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Amnesty Day for Trash Saturday in Stephens Co.

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Stephens County residents have an opportunity to dump their junk for free this weekend. Saturday is Amnesty Day in Stephens County. On Saturday, Stephens County residents have the opportunity to dump trash like furniture, mattresses, carpet, toys, grills, appliances and more. This is a joint effort of Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful and Stephens County. Tim Hale is with Keep Toccoa-Stephens […]

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Change Clocks Back One Hour Saturday Night

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It’s time to fall back this weekend and change those clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night as we go back to standard time on Sunday. Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said that while you change those clocks, it is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. “It is […]

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Early Voting Ends Today

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Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday’s election across Georgia. That includes Stephens County, where County Registrar Bill Cochran said polls are open today at the Registrar’s Office in downtown Toccoa. “Just come to the old Courthouse Annex at 12 West Tugalo Street, across from the historic courthouse,” said Cochran. “We will be open from 8 a.m. […]

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Gallop of the Ghouls Went Well, Say Organizers

Organizers said the fourth annual “Gallop of the Ghouls” last weekend was a success. Last Saturday’s race on Tugalo Street in downtown Toccoa raised money for the Open Arms Clinic in Stephens County. Runners, both2-legged and 4-legged ran and/or walked the 5K course down Tugalo Street toward the airport. Some came in costume and others just came to support a […]

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Extras Needed for Movie Filming in Toccoa

Filmmakers are again putting up a casting call for extras for the movie filming in Toccoa this month. Recently, INSP Films announced it was filming “County Line” in Toccoa and Stephens County this month. Casting officials for the film have set up an e-mail for applying to be an extra. That e-mail address is toccoafilms@gmail.com People should provide two photographs, […]

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Shirley: Operation Watchful Eye Successful

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Leading up to Halloween, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office joins other agencies across Georgia in checking addresses of those on the sex offender registry. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says that the Sheriff’s Office participated in “Operation Watchful Eye” between October 24 and October 31. Shirley says it was a statewide effort designed to verify home addresses of sex offenders. […]

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Graduation Rate Out for SCHS

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Stephens County High School sees its graduation rate come in above the state average, though it is down from last year. This week, the Georgia Department of Education released its 2016 Graduation Rates. In 2016, Stephens County High School had a graduation rate of 86.9 percent. That is higher than the state average of 79.2 percent, but down slightly from […]

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