Better Brains for Babies Seminar on Saturday

Parents are invited to attend a free seminar called “Better Brains for Babies” on Saturday. The seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, which is located at 234 Collier Road in Toccoa. Stephens County First Steps Georgia Coordinator and Better Brains for Babies Community Outreach Educator Merry Carol Scott will be the […]

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Thursday Afternoon Qualifying Update

The Stephens County Chief Magistrate’s seat will be a contested race this May. Ralph Stowe qualified on Thursday to run for the non-partisan seat. He is challenging incumbent Don Tabor. Stowe is the only county candidate to qualify on Thursday as of 4 p.m. At the federal level, three more candidates have qualified to run against Doug Collins for the […]

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Arrest Made in Oak Valley Rd. Burglary

One person is under arrest with more arrests expected after a residential burglary last week in Stephens County. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, it happened on March 2 on Oak Valley Road. “The victim reported that his prescription medication and a laptop were stolen,” said Shirley. “Entry was gained by kicking in the back door of the house.” […]

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Two Charged in Gang Statutes Cases Denied Bond

Two people charged in Stephens County under Georgia’s gang statutes remain in custody after being denied bond. Court documents show that both 49-year-old Barry Dean Daniels of Poplar Street and Rajae Laron Neal of Morgan Street in Toccoa were denied bond at hearings last week. Daniels and Neal are both charged with Participation in a Criminal Street Gang after being […]

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Stephens Co. Unemployment Rises in January

Initial unemployment numbers from the state show that Stephens County starts 2016 with a jump in the unemployment rate. According to figures released today by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate in January of an even 6 percent. That is three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised December rate of 5.7 percent, […]

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Franklin Co. Authorities Make Drug Bust on Traffic Stop

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White is praising the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office after a major drug bust Tuesday. According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, it happened Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 85 northbound when deputies stopped a vehicle for speeding. “The vehicle was stopped and a K-9 unit was on the stop,” […]

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Changes Coming to Banks Co. Intersection

The Georgia Department of Transportation will be making a major change to a heavily traveled Northeast Georgia intersection. This week, 28th District State Representative Dan Gasaway announced that the DOT will be making changes at the intersection of Georgia Highways 63 and 198 in Banks County. According to Gasaway, the changes are coming after a tragic and serious traffic accident […]

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Whispering Pines to Close For SR 17 Construction

Local officials are warning drivers about an upcoming area road closure. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers announced this week that she had received notification from C.W. Matthews that Whispering Pines Road would be closed on March 18 as required to complete the State Route 17 construction project. Ayers said she was told that the detour would be via Hickory Log […]

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Qualifying Still Going on for Local Races

The third day of qualifying in Stephens County brought no additional candidates into the fold for local races. Nobody has qualified for any county office since Tuesday afternoon. Qualifying continues today until 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Stephens County Registrar’s Office, located in the Stephens County Courthouse Annex on Tugalo Street in downtown Toccoa. […]

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