Indictment Filed in Alleged Racketeering, Theft Case

A local businessman faces more than 30 counts of various charges in connection to an investigation of alleged racketeering and theft activities at Sheriff’s Utility Buildings. The Stephens County grand jury has indicted 41-year-old Shane Steven Sheriff on a total of 35 counts. Charges include Theft By Deception, Forgery in the First Degree, Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony, and […]

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Arrest Made in Colbert Murder Case

On Monday, April 18, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that 35-year-old Marqkeela Lawain Hill of Douglasville, Georgia, was arrested on one count of murder in the death of Tomas Colbert. GBI agents made the arrest in Douglasville, Georgia Monday afternoon with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the agency said Tuesday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and […]

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Suspect Arrested in Habersham Shooting

A suspect has been arrested in a shooting in Habersham County. The shooting occurred during the early morning hours in the Cornelia area in the area of Garrison Road between Garner Road and Pea Ridge Road. Following the report of the shooting, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office began a search in that area that went door to door and also involved […]

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Hospital Authority Meets With County Commission

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Stephens County Hospital delivers its yearly report to the Stephens County Commission. On Monday, the Authority met with county commissioners to provide that yearly update on the state of the hospital. Administrator Lynne Anderson said the message she wanted to give to Stephens County Commissioners is that Stephens County Hospital had a good year and is trying to continue moving […]

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Clinic Responds To Settlement Announcement

The Toccoa Clinic has responded to Monday’s settlement announcement. Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia announced that it has reached a settlement with dermatologists Margaret Kopchick, M.D., and Russell Burken, M.D., and their practice group, Toccoa Clinic Medical Associates. Those parties agreed collectively to pay $1.9 million to settle claims that they violated the False […]

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Toccoa Clinic Dermatologists Settle Medicare Billing Issue With U.S. Attorney

Two local dermatologists and their practice group will pay nearly $2 million to settle claims regarding Medicare billing. Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia announced that it has reached a settlement with dermatologists Margaret Kopchick, M.D., and Russell Burken, M.D., and their practice group, Toccoa Clinic Medical Associates. Those parties agreed collectively to pay $1.9 […]

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City Unveils New Sidewalk

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The city of Toccoa unveils a new sidewalk designed to increase pedestrian access along Big A Road. On Monday, the city held a ribbon cutting and walk on the new sidewalk between Fernside Drive and the Wal-Mart area on Big A Road. Toccoa Mayor Evan Hellenga said the city is pleased to have the increased access for walkers along Big […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Meets Today

The Stephens County Board of Education meets today for a regularly scheduled meeting. That meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. at the School System Administrative Offices at the old Big A School, which is located on Big A School Road, just off of Big A Road. Today’s Stephens County Board of Education meeting is open to the public. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Suspect Named in Clarkesville, Lavonia Burglaries

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A high-speed chase in Habersham County leads to the arrest of a former Lavonia man who is a suspect in two pharmacy burglaries, one in Clarkesville and another in Lavonia. The Clarkesville burglary happened back on April 10 and that burglary was almost identical to one at Riggins Pharmacy in Lavonia recently, said Lavonia […]

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Teacher of the Year Banquet Held

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Stephens County honors its Teacher of the Year. The annual Stephens County School System Teacher of the Year banquet took place Thursday at the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical College. This year’s system-wide teacher of the year, named back in November, is art teacher Timothy Mitchell, representing Liberty Elementary School as its Teacher of the Year as well. Mitchell […]

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