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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Storefront Decoration Winners Announced

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The winners are out for this year’s Christmas Storefront Contest in downtown Toccoa. Main Street Toccoa said that CK Morgan and Company won the contest. Second place went to Victoria’s Sweet Treats and third place went to the Stephens County Development Authority. Voting for the contest took place from December 4 through December 23 both online and through boxes located […]

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Oconee Man Turned Over From Stephens Co. to S.C. Authorities

Stephens County authorities turn over an Oconee County, South Carolina man to authorities in Oconee County on charges in connection to a summertime theft. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office booked 30-year-old Kristopher O’Neal Justus of West Union, South Carolina into the Oconee County Detention Center on Wednesday after picking him up from the Stephens County Jail. Justus faces an outstanding […]

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