Tax Season Nearing Start

As the year draws to a close, it is almost time to start filing those federal income taxes. Tax season starts in January and the Internal Revenue Service is urging people to wait until the start of tax filing in January to file that tax return. IRS Spokesman Mark Green said the agency strongly recommends that people wait for their […]

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Burn Ban Still In Place Despite Rain

Much needed rain across northeast Georgia has not yet caused a lifting of burning restrictions. Since this week’s rain event started, downtown Toccoa has received 1.84 inches of rain and more is in the forecast. However, Stephens County Volunteer Fire Services is reminding people that a burn ban remains in place for the county and all outdoor burning is prohibited. […]

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Final Holiday Traffic Numbers In For Ga. Highways

The final traffic numbers for the Thanksgiving holiday period are in from the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Officials reported that traffic crashes across Georgia during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period resulted in 20 traffic deaths. The holiday period began Wednesday, November 23, at 6 p.m. and ended Sunday at midnight, for a total of 102 hours. None of those […]

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Toccoa Approves Burn Ban

The city of Toccoa joins Stephens County in implementing a burn ban within the city limits. Toccoa City Commissioners passed the burn ban resolution unanimously at their meeting Monday night. According to Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse, the ban passed by the city is very similar to the one passed by the county earlier this month. “In summary, the resolution […]

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Drug Task Force Arrests Two For Meth

A joint investigation leads to two arrests in Stephens County. On Monday, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office initiated a search warrant at the residence of Jamie Savage on the 600 block of Long Circle in Toccoa. Authorities said the search warrant was based on multiple tips received from the community. According to the […]

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Toccoa Commission Approves Appointments

The Toccoa-Stephens County Airport Authority will enter a new era of sorts after a new appointment was made at Monday’s Toccoa City Commission meeting. On Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously appointed Bill Mercure to fill the seat on the Airport Authority currently held by Tommy Gilmer, whose term expires at the end of the year. This new appointment is for […]

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NE Ga. Residents Watching Fires in Gatlinburg

People across northeast Georgia and the surrounding area are watching the wildfires currently burning in and around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, numerous businesses and homes in Gatlinburg have already been destroyed by the wildfires that spread into that area Monday. The News-Sentinel quotes one firefighter as saying it was “the apocalypse” on both sides of […]

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Rain May Finally Arrive This Week

Stephens County and the surrounding area could see its most significant rainfall in months over the next several days. There is a chance of rain of at least 50 percent beginning tonight and continuing all the way through Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service office in Greenville-Spartanburg, northeast Georgia could see three inches or more of rain between this […]

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