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GSP Releases Info on Weekend Accident on Hwy. 328

January 21, 2015

One person appears to escape serious injury after a weekend accident in Stephens County. The one-vehicle accident happened Saturday afternoon just after 1:30 p.m. on the 2700 block of Georgia Highway 328, or Gumlog Road. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, a 1989 Ford Taurus driven by 20-year-old Brandon Gage...

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Authorities ID Woman Killed By Train Friday in Stephens Co.

January 20, 2015

Authorities have identified the woman killed when she was hit by a train on Friday night in Stephens County. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley has identified the victim as 36-year-old Olympia Fleming of East Whitman Street in Toccoa. The accident occurred at about 6 p.m. Friday. Shirley said Stephens County 911 contacted the Sheriff’s...

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Toccoa Marks MLK Day

January 20, 2015
Toccoa Marks MLK Day

Stephens County marks Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Monday, activities honoring Dr. King concluded with the annual Interfaith Service at Trinity C.M.E. Church, followed by the march from the church to Toccoa City Hall. At Toccoa City Hall, the winner of this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest read their winning...

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Tax Filing Season Starts Today

January 20, 2015

Tax filing season officially starts today. The Internal Revenue Service said it will begin accepting returns filed electronically or otherwise today. In addition, the IRS said “Free File” is now available for taxpayers on the agency’s website, www.irs.gov. IRS Spokesman Mark Green said “Free File” is an available electronic filing option for those who...

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Stephens Co. BOE Meeting Today

January 20, 2015

The Stephens County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly business meeting later today. Today’s school board meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Mize Road, in the Tugaloo Building. During today’s scheduled meeting, the Stephens County Board of Education is scheduled to select its...

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SFB Officially Becomes Oconee Federal

January 20, 2015
SFB Officially Becomes Oconee Federal

A local bank starts its week with a new name. Over the weekend, Stephens Federal Bank officially changed its name to Oconee Federal Savings and Loan and the system integration between the two banks took place over the weekend. This completes the merger of the two banks that was announced last year and finalized...

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Wilkinson To Chair State Senate Ag Committee

January 20, 2015
Wilkinson To Chair State Senate Ag Committee

50th District State Senator John Wilkinson will once again serve as chair of the State Senate’s Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee for the 2015-2016 legislative term. The State Senate’s Committee on Assignments recently announced that Wilkinson would continue in the role of chair for that committee. He has served as the Agriculture and Consumer...

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Ga. DOT Announces Weekly Maintenance Schedule

January 20, 2015

The Georgia Department of Transportation has work planned in a number of area counties this week. DOT crews will be working along some roadways this week in Banks, Franklin, and Habersham counties. In Franklin County, a crew will inspect the drainage system for Interstate 85, closing the shoulder as work occurs. Elsewhere in Franklin...

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Local Leaders React To Caterpillar Announcement

January 19, 2015

Local leaders are reacting to Caterpillar’s announcement that it will be closing its Stephens County facility over the next two years, resulting in the loss of about 120 jobs at that plant. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said it is devastating news. “Did not see this coming,” said Martin. “It is...

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DOT Announces Upcoming Temporary Road Closure Along GA 17

January 19, 2015

The Georgia Department of Transportation is announcing an upcoming temporary road closure along the State Route 17 construction project in Stephens County. Davis Road will be closed at its intersection with State Highway 17 for about 60 days beginning next Monday, January 26, if weather permits. Georgia DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said the closure...

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