Early Voting Off to Fast Start

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Early voting turnout has been incredibly heavy so far. That is according to Stephens County Registrar Bill Cochran. He said that he is very pleased with how the first three days of early voting have gone for the November election. According to Cochran, 13 percent of the active voters have already voted, including more than 1200 on the machines and […]

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Burglary Investigation Results in Two Arrests

An investigation into a Stephens County burglary leads to two arrests. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, deputies responded to an East Silver Shoals Road residence on October 7 in regards to a burglary. “He had removed guns and jewelry, as well as coins,” said Shirley. Shirley said that the person that filed the report gave authorities a name […]

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Main Street Toccoa Gets Grant for 2017 Performance

A grant is allowing Main Street Toccoa to put on a special performance early next year. The Georgia Council for the Arts recently awarded Main Street Toccoa a grant for the purpose of programming at the Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center. Christian Hamilton with Main Street Toccoa said the grant will bring a performing group called “Lightwire Theater” […]

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Friday Fire Remains Under Investigation

A fire last week in Stephens County remains under investigation. Big Smith Volunteer Fire Chief Jonothan Jordan says that the State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a residential structure fire last Friday on Cleveland Drive. The vacant home caught on fire last Friday morning and Jordan says it is a total loss. Cleveland Drive is located along Lake Hartwell. There […]

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GSP Releases Information on Weekend Accident

The Georgia State Patrol has released information on an accident over the weekend that sent one person to the hospital via helicopter. It occurred on Saturday during the 9 a.m. hour at State Route 106 and Nub Garland Road. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling northbound on Highway 106 and […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Looking At E-SPLOST Resolution


The Stephens County school system is beginning work on a new E-SPLOST resolution to put before voters next year in order to continue collecting the one-cent sales tax for school projects. Tuesday, School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey presented to the Board of Education a proposed E-SPLOST resolution and the board voted unanimously to table it until the November meeting. E-SPLOST is […]

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Local Group Organizing Hurricane Relief Effort

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A local ministry organization is putting together help to send to the people of South Carolina and North Carolina affected by Hurricane Matthew. Steve Paysen’s P230 Foundation is headed to the Nichols, South Carolina area on Monday, October 24. This area, on the South Carolina-North Carolina border near the coast, has been devastated by flooding. Paysen said he knows pastors […]

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