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Local Company Breaks Ground on Expansion

December 4, 2014
Local Company Breaks Ground on Expansion

A local company breaks ground on a major expansion. GEM Industries held a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday at its location on Clary Connector in Eastanollee for its 100,000 plus square foot addition that was announced back in October. The expansion represents a $10 million investment and will create about 25 new jobs. The company...

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New Chamber President Settling In

December 4, 2014

New Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce President Julie Paysen is settling in to her new office. Paysen started Monday after the Chamber board voted to hire her for the position. She said she is ready to get started. “I am just humbled and honored to have this opportunity to help make a difference in...

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Wednesday Afternoon Accident in Stephens Injures One

December 4, 2014

An accident Wednesday afternoon sends one person to the hospital. The wreck occurred just after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 123, or West Currahee Street, in the area of Carnes Creek Road. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, it involved a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder and a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle....

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Two Arrested For Trafficking Meth in Stephens, Other Area Counties

December 4, 2014

Authorities said two people arrested in White County were involved in trafficking drugs throughout the region, including Stephens County. Back on November 21, the White County Sheriff’s Office and agents of the North Georgia Regional Drug Enforcement Office executed a search warrant at a Georgia Highway 254 residence in Cleveland after a lengthy investigation....

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Additional Charges Filed Against Burglary Suspect

December 4, 2014

Authorities in Stephens County have filed more charges against a Toccoa man in connection to a series of burglaries in the city and county. Late last month, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Joshua Cole Harrison of Sunset Road in Toccoa and charged him in connection with 13 residential burglaries in Stephens County....

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Animal Shelter Continues To Face Financial Crunch

December 3, 2014

The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter continues to deal with financial challenges. Monday, the Shelter Board met and discussed the current financial picture. Currently, Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said that financial picture includes a budget deficit of $22,964. Projected over a whole year, Roberts said that if nothing changes, the deficit could end up in...

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Wilbros Appeal Hearing Continues Today

December 3, 2014

The next court date in the case of Wilbros vs. the Georgia Environmental Protection Division takes place later today. Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker with the Office of State Administrative Hearings will hear oral arguments in Wilbros’ appeal of the EPD’s administrative order against the facility at 1:30 p.m. today at the OSAH office...

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BBB Offers Holiday Giving Tips

December 3, 2014

As the holiday season continues, the calls for donations will be on the rise. With that in mind, the Better Business Bureau is urging people to give wisely this holiday season. Northeast Georgia Better Business Bureau President Fred Elsberry says people should be very careful when considering where to donate their money all year...

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Toccoa Man Pleads Guilty In Fatal 2012 Motorcycle Wreck

December 2, 2014

A Toccoa man pleads guilty in connection to a 2012 fatal motorcycle crash in Stephens County. 34-year-old Joshua Lamar Hanley entered a guilty plea in front of Judge Chan Caudell in Stephens County Superior Court on Monday. Hanley pleaded guilty to one count of Homicide by Vehicle in the First Degree in connection with...

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New Chamber of Commerce Director Named

December 2, 2014

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce names its new President. Monday, The Chamber announced the selection of Julie Paysen as the new Chamber President in a press release. Paysen replaces Wendi Bailey, who retired in August after serving as Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce President for nearly eight years. Paysen’sĀ first day on the job...

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