Farm City Week Banquet Held

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Local officials hear from a top Senate official at an annual banquet. Gwinnett County State Senator and Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer spoke at Thursday’s annual Farm City Week Banquet, hosted by the Stephens County Farm Bureau at the Toccoa Falls College Dining Hall. Shafer said he was honored to be speaking before Stephens County’s farm community. He said […]

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Hospital Announces Christmas Card Contest Winner

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Stephens County Hospital is getting ready for the holiday season. Thursday, Hospital officials went to Toccoa Elementary School to award this year’s winner of the hospital’s annual Christmas Card contest. Toccoa Elementary School fourth grader Lilly Kate Farrar won this year’s contest, meaning her drawing will be on the front of the Christmas card sent out by Stephens County Hospital. […]

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Wilkinson Receives Award

50th District State Senator John Wilkinson receives a special honor. Wilkinson recently was awarded the 2015 Award for Legislative Advocacy by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council. Officials said he was chosen for this honor in recognition of Senate Bill 274, which promotes the history of Georgia agriculture within the Capitol Museum at the Georgia State Capitol. SB 274, signed […]

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Red Cross Introduces RapidPass

American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now help save lives in less time by using the new Red Cross RapidPass online health history system. The Red Cross says that RapidPass streamlines the donation experience by allowing donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online from the convenience of a computer at home or work. According to […]

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Veterans Day Marked in Stephens County

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Stephens County honors Veterans Day. The county’s annual observance took place Wednesday at the VFW Post on West Savannah Street in Toccoa. Organizers moved the ceremony inside because recent rains made the courthouse lawn too soft to support folding chairs for the program. Speaking Wednesday was Stephens County High School JROTC Commander David Priatko. He said his focus is not […]

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Stephens Co. Property Taxes Are Due

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The deadline to pay Stephens County property taxes is coming up. For those who have not paid yet, Stephens County Tax Commissioner Dene Hicks said that the deadline to pay county property taxes is this Sunday, November 15. “Just in-house payments on Monday will be without interest,” said Hicks. She explained that payments by mail must be postmarked on Sunday […]

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Former Tax Commissioner Honored With Plaque

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Stephens County is taking time to honor a former elected official. On Tuesday, the Stephens County Commission accepted a plaque honoring former Tax Commissioner Elizabeth Camp Williams. That plaque will hang in the Stephens County Government Building and the county has dedicated the seating in the Stephens County Government Building to Williams’ memory. Stephens County Commission Chair Dennis Bell said […]

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Toccoa Woman Faces Forgery, Fraud Charges

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said a Toccoa woman is facing charges after allegedly stealing someone’s personal information. The sheriff said Samantha Nicolette Chastain, age unknown, of Highway 184 in Toccoa, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of Felony Financial Identity Fraud and Felony Forgery in the First Degree. Shirley said the report indicates Chastain fraudulently obtained and used […]

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Eastanollee Man Charged in Vehicle Theft

A Toccoa man faces charges in connection with a stolen vehicle report. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that 46-year-old Timothy Paul Peck of Tracy Private Drive, Eastanollee, has been charged with Felony Theft By Taking and Felony Criminal Damage to Property. Shirley said a report filed with the Sheriff’s Office on November 1 indicates that an unknown person entered […]

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