Law Enforcement Ready for New Year’s Holiday

Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark W. McDonough said troopers and other law enforcement will be keeping a close watch for impaired drivers and motorists not obeying Georgia’s traffic laws as 2016 starts tonight. The New Year holiday travel period will begin at 6 p.m.  today and end Sunday, January 3. It is 78 hours long. During the […]

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Gambrell Honored At Reception

The community comes together to honor retiring Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell. Local officials, hospital staff, and others gathered Tuesday evening at the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room for a reception celebrating Gambrell’s retirement. Gambrell is retiring Thursday after 28 years as the administrator at Stephens County Hospital and 32 years at the hospital overall. Former Hospital Authority Board Member […]

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Toccoa Receives Grant for Flames Fest

Toccoa receives grant money from the state to help put on a new festival. Last week, the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts awarded Toccoa with $1,680 to be used for a concert featuring Francine Reed at the Schaefer Center in March. Toccoa Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said the concert is part of a […]

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One Dead After Forklift Accident

One person is dead after a workplace accident Tuesday in Stephens County. The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Tates Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Stephens County EMS, and other agencies were called to Wilkinson Lumber on Georgia Highway 184 at around 4 p.m. Tuesday for a forklift rollover. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley identified the victim as Joe Irvin of Mt. Airy. […]

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Investigation Continues Into Royston Auto Theft

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The investigation continues into the theft of two cars from Tri-County Chevrolet in Royston. Now, authorities say it may be connected to other burglaries in the area. Royston Police, along with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, are asking for the public’s help to locate a 1956 Black and Chrome Chevy Belair and a 2015 […]

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Area Still Under Flood Watch

A flood watch remains in effect for Stephens County as more rain is expected throughout the day today in the area. Already, the downtown Toccoa area has received well over six inches of rain in the last week to 10 days. That has put downtown Toccoa over 70 inches of rain for the year to date. According to the weather […]

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Year In Review To Air Today

2015 is coming to a close, which means it is once again time to look back at the top stories in Stephens County over the last 12 months. AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com will air the “Year in Review” news program twice this week. The first time is today at 4:30 p.m. and the second time is on Friday at […]

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More Rain on Way; Flood Watch Continues

A flood watch continues in effect for Stephens County through Thursday morning as more rain is expected. Already since 7 a.m. Monday, downtown Toccoa has received 1.47 inches of rain. That is on top of the more than five inches of rain that has fallen in downtown Toccoa since early last week. National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg Meterologist Andrew Kimball said […]

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Stephens Co. Unemployment Drops in Nov.

Figures from the Georgia Department of Labor show that Stephens County’s unemployment rate took another drop in the month of November. According to those numbers, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate for November of 5.8 percent. That is down from the revised October rate of 6.0 percent and the revised rate for November 2014 of 6.9 percent. A look […]

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Hospital Welcomes New Surgeons

Stephens County Hospital is welcoming its new surgeons. At last week’s Hospital Authority meeting, hospital officials introduced general surgeons Dr. Dearl Birdsong and Dr. Mark Herndon to the Hospital Authority. The two surgeons started practicing about a month ago. Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said everything is running very smoothly so far. “I am so excited because both are going to […]

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