Prescribed Burn Announced

A prescribed burn is scheduled for today in the area. The U.S. Forest Service said it is planning a prescribed burn in the Lake Russell WMA to start at about 10 a.m. today and last through 4 or 5 p.m. Officials said there could be residual smoke for an hour or two after that. According to the Forest Service, the […]

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Busy Day One For Qualifying

A number of local candidates have thrown their hat in the ring for races in Stephens County. As of 4 p.m., there are two races that are currently contested. One is the sheriff’s race, where Republican incumbent Randy Shirley is being challenged by Republican Jim Davis. The other is Post 2 of the Stephens County Commision, where Republican incumbent Debbie Whitlock […]

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IRS Tax Season Going Well, Says Agency

Tax season is well underway and the Internal Revenue Service says that electronically filed tax returns are on track in Georgia. IRS Spokesman Mark Green said that more Georgians have filed in the early part of this tax season than in the past and more people are using electronic filing. “Thus far, we have received well over 2 million returns,” […]

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Stephens Co. Commission To Meet Today

Stephens County Commissioners will meet later this morning for a regularly scheduled meeting. The County Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. Commissioners will start with a planning and zoning public hearing with a request for a variance request on property setbacks for a property at 3070 Big […]

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Qualifying Underway for Local, State Elections

Qualifying for local and state races for the May primary in Georgia gets underway today. Stephens County Registrar Bill Cochran said that candidates wishing to qualify for local offices as either a Democratic or a Republican candidate will qualify with his office in the Stephens County Courthouse Annex on Tugalo Street in downtown Toccoa beginning this morning. “Qualifying begins March […]

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Shirley Announces Re-Election Bid

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says he will run for a third term. Shirley announced last week that he will qualify as a Republican to run for re-election to the sheriff’s post. He said it has been his greatest honor and blessing to serve as sheriff for the past seven years, adding that with the help of professional and talented […]

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Main Street Unveils Latest Historic Plaque

Main Street Toccoa dedicates the latest in this year’s series of historic plaques. Thursday, the sixth historic plaque in the 2015-2016 series was dedicated at Sew Fabulous at 47 Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa. According to Main Street Toccoa, the building that Sew Fabulous is located originally housed a Pool Room. Main Street said that over the years, the building […]

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