Toccoa Commission Meeting Today

Toccoa City Commissioners have a regularly scheduled meeting set for later today. The city commission will meet at 5 p.m. today at Toccoa City Hall. As of now, there is not a lot on the agenda for today’s meeting. In addition to the normal time allowed for reports and the approval of the consent agenda, there is only one action […]

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Cash N Go Holds Ribbon Cutting

A new title pawn business opens in Toccoa. The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday for Cash N Go Title Pawn Centers. Branch Manager Steven Reed said that while Cash N Go has numerous locations elsewhere, this is the company’s first home in Georgia. “You must have a clear title to do business here,” said […]

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PTO Wants To Do Bullying Survey

Parents said recently they want to try and help do something about concerns they have surrounding bullying and behavior in the Stephens County school system. Becky Hewitt, the chairperson of the Fifth Grade Academy Parent Teacher Organization, spoke to the Stephens County Board of Education at its meeting earlier this month. She said that she and many other parents are […]

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February Unemployment Numbers Released

Stephens County shows mixed results on the unemployment front in February. According to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 6.2 percent in February. That is up three-tenths of a percentage point from the revised January rate of 5.9 percent. However, this February’s unemployment rate in Stephens County is a […]

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IRS Has Millions in Unclaimed Refunds

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Refunds totaling $950 million may be waiting for an estimated one million taxpayers in the nation who did not file a federal income tax return for 2012. In Georgia, over $29 million in unclaimed refunds awaits 34,300 individuals. However, to collect the money, a return for 2012 must be filed with the IRS no […]

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GDOT Limiting Lane Closures For Easter

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to limit lane closures across the state this weekend for the Easter holiday. At a minimum, the Georgia DOT said it will limit lane closures on interstate highways and state routes from 9 p.m. tonight through midnight on Sunday. These times will be extended in some locales over the coming weekends around the […]

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NGTC Horticulture Students Finish 16th In National Competition

North Georgia Technical College horticulture students are back home with several distinguished awards, including a team ranking of 16th in the nation, after competing in the 40th annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Mississippi State University this past weekend. Thirteen horticulture students competed in 28 events against 63 schools from both two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Students from […]

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Fire Stations Nearing Completion

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Stephens County is moving ever closer to occupying three new fire station buildings. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers updated the commission on the progress on the three station buildings at Tuesday’s county commission meeting. The county is building three fire station buildings, one on North Holcomb Drive, one on Black Mountain Road, and one on Red Bluff Road. These are not […]

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Collins, Counties Working On “Orphan County” TV Issue

Officials from Stephens and surrounding counties meet with 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins on the issue of receiving Atlanta TV stations on satellite, instead of stations from South Carolina. The recent meeting focused on the new process of petitioning the Federal Communications Commission for a ‘Change of Market’, something Congressman Collins has pushed to be made into law since […]

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