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No Widespread Damage After Tuesday Morning Storms

October 15, 2014

Officials said there was no major widespread damage after severe storms moved through Toccoa and Stephens County Tuesday morning. Stephens County was under a tornado warning for a time Tuesday between 7:50 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., but the National Weather Service said it did not have any reports of confirmed tornado touchdowns. County authorities...

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Commission Leaves All Options On Table for Operating Pines Golf Course

October 15, 2014

Toccoa City Commissioners say they will continue to look at all options for operating the city-owned Pines Golf Course moving forward. Commissioners talked about the golf course at a work session on Monday. The city-owned, nine-hole course on Black Mountain Road has been closed since late August, when the previous operator informed the city...

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Stephens Co. To Pursue Reinstatement of Litter Pickup Crew

October 15, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners will look to re-instate an inmate work crew to pick up litter off of the county’s roads at the start of January 2015. However, it remains unclear as to whether it will be county or state inmates doing the work. Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners discussed the re-instatement of the state inmate...

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City Commission Approves Insurance Plan, Manhole Replacement

October 15, 2014

Toccoa City Commissioners approve the health insurance policy for city employees next year. Commissioners unanimously approved that at their meeting Monday. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said that the current provider will charge the city an eight percent increase in the rate starting on January 1. With the rate increase and what commissioners approved...

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Bond Hearing Today for Teen Charged in Shooting Death

October 15, 2014

A 15-year-old charged with the shooting death of his mother in Stephens County last month is scheduled for a bond hearing this morning. Court records indicate the teen is scheduled to appear before Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Russell Smith for that bond hearing at 9 a.m. today in Stephens County. The 15-year-old...

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Former Rabun Shelter Director Loses Sentence Appeal

October 15, 2014

By Charles Robertson, WRBN Radio, Clayton The former director of the Boggs Mountain Animal Shelter in Rabun County is denied a motion for a reduced sentence. Lowanda “Peanut” Kilby was in a Rabun County Courtroom Tuesday before Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Russell Smith. Her attorney, Tim Healy, argued for a reduction in...

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City Pursues State Funds For Road-Related Work

October 14, 2014

Toccoa is pursuing state funding for further road improvements in the city. At their work session and meeting Monday, city commissioners looked at two state funding options for road-related projects in the city. First, commissioners considered the 2015 LMIG Project List. LMIG stands for Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant and is state money that...

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Planning Underway for Veterans Day Ceremony

October 14, 2014

Stephens County will mark Veterans Day next month and organizers are looking for community participation again this year. The American Legion Post 104, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4346, and Marine Corps League Currahee Mountain Detachment 1303 are inviting all civic and patriotic organizations to participate in the county’s 2014 Veterans Day’ Ceremony. That...

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Stephens Co. Commission Meeting Today

October 14, 2014

The Stephens County Commission is scheduled to consider a motion to re-instate funding for a state inmate work crew for litter pick-up at its meeting this morning. Stephens County Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. Commissioners had cut...

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Circle of Hope Director Wins Award

October 14, 2014

The Executive Director of an area domestic violence agency receives recognition from a state agency. Last month, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence awarded Suzanne Dow with its highest honor, the Gender Justice Award, during its annual conference. Dow is the Executive Director of Circle of Hope, a state certified family violence agency that...

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