Final Holiday Traffic Numbers In For Ga. Highways

The final traffic numbers for the Thanksgiving holiday period are in from the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Officials reported that traffic crashes across Georgia during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period resulted in 20 traffic deaths. The holiday period began Wednesday, November 23, at 6 p.m. and ended Sunday at midnight, for a total of 102 hours. None of those […]

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Toccoa Approves Burn Ban

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The city of Toccoa joins Stephens County in implementing a burn ban within the city limits. Toccoa City Commissioners passed the burn ban resolution unanimously at their meeting Monday night. According to Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse, the ban passed by the city is very similar to the one passed by the county earlier this month. “In summary, the resolution […]

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Drug Task Force Arrests Two For Meth

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A joint investigation leads to two arrests in Stephens County. On Monday, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office initiated a search warrant at the residence of Jamie Savage on the 600 block of Long Circle in Toccoa. Authorities said the search warrant was based on multiple tips received from the community. According to the […]

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Toccoa Commission Approves Appointments

The Toccoa-Stephens County Airport Authority will enter a new era of sorts after a new appointment was made at Monday’s Toccoa City Commission meeting. On Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously appointed Bill Mercure to fill the seat on the Airport Authority currently held by Tommy Gilmer, whose term expires at the end of the year. This new appointment is for […]

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NE Ga. Residents Watching Fires in Gatlinburg

People across northeast Georgia and the surrounding area are watching the wildfires currently burning in and around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, numerous businesses and homes in Gatlinburg have already been destroyed by the wildfires that spread into that area Monday. The News-Sentinel quotes one firefighter as saying it was “the apocalypse” on both sides of […]

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Rain May Finally Arrive This Week

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Stephens County and the surrounding area could see its most significant rainfall in months over the next several days. There is a chance of rain of at least 50 percent beginning tonight and continuing all the way through Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service office in Greenville-Spartanburg, northeast Georgia could see three inches or more of rain between this […]

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Toccoa Commission To Meet Today

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Toccoa City Commissioners are expected to consider joining Stephens County Commissioners in calling for a burn ban resolution at their meeting later today. City commissioners meet at 5 p.m. at Toccoa City Hall. On the agenda is consideration of the burn ban resolution. Stephens County Commissioners passed a similar burn ban earlier this month. The burn ban approved by the […]

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October Unemployment Rate Drops in Stephens Co.

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Stephens County gets good news on the unemployment front. Statistics released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor show that Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in October. That is two-tenths of a percentage point lower than September’s revised rate of 6.0 percent and one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the October 2015 revised rate […]

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BBB Offers Online Shopping Tips

Today is the traditionally the biggest online shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday. Last year, the Better Business Bureau says that online shoppers spent nearly $3 billion during Cyber Monday, making it the largest online shopping day ever recorded. The BBB said that while shoppers like the convenience online shopping provides, it can also pose risks if shoppers do […]

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