Courthouse Receives Historic Plaque

Main Street Toccoa unveils the latest in its series of historic plaques. The eighth historic plaque in the 2015-2016 series of ten plaques dedicated to downtown buildings was unveiled on Thursday at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. The historic Stephens County Courthouse was built in 1907 and was renovated by the county in recent years. It now […]

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Stephens Co. Names E-911/EMA Director Finalist

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Stephens County names its finalist for the position of E-911 and Emergency Management Agency Director. On Friday, Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers announced that the sole finalist for the position is Danielle Rhodes of Hampton, Georgia. Ayers said there is going to be a 14-day public notice period before action is taken on the potential hiring of Rhodes to the […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Starts Process of Filling Vacancy

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The Stephens County Board of Education is starting the process of filling its current vacancy. Thursday, the school board set the process it will use for filling the vacant seat created when Jeff Webb resigned from his District 2 seat. Webb resigned last month after being arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence by the Toccoa Police Department. Stephens […]

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GDOT Updates Hwy. 17 Timeline

The Georgia Department of Transportation is moving up the timeline for the projected completion of the entire Georgia Highway 17 widening project. Friday, a DOT Spokesperson sent an e-mail update on the project. In that e-mail, DOT Spokesperson Katina Lear said the southern end of the Highway 17 project, between Scott Road and the Franklin County line, is now expected […]

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CareSouth Holds Ribbon Cutting

A local home health agency celebrates a new beginning. CareSouth Home Health held a Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting last Wednesday at its Toccoa location to celebrate a recent merger. Carolyn Culpepper is the Area Manager for CareSouth Home Health’s Toccoa branch. She said the merger will expand the area in which the company can provide a wide range […]

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SCHS Planning for Graduation Next Week

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Stephens County High School is putting its contingency plans together for next week’s Class of 2016 graduation ceremonies. Principal Sandy Steele updated the Stephens County Board of Education on graduation at the board’s work session on Thursday. Steele said that the goal for the students is always to have graduation outside at the football stadium and the hope is always […]

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Early Voting Set for Saturday

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Voters in Stephens County have a special opportunity this weekend to vote early in this month’s primary and non-partisan election. Stephens County Registrar Bill Cochran said early voting will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Stephens County Registrar’s Office, located in the Stephens County Courthouse Annex on Tugalo Street in downtown Toccoa. “Anyone that has […]

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Toccoa Holding Train Day on Saturday

The city of Toccoa will again mark National Train Day this weekend with a day of festivities. Saturday is Toccoa’s 6th National Train Day celebration. Toccoa Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said that everything will get started just before 6:15 a.m. on Saturday when the public is invited to gather at the historic train depot in downtown Toccoa and […]

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Charges Pending in Wednesday Accident

Charges are still pending on a Wednesday three-vehicle accident in Stephens County. It occurred at 5:44 p.m. on Georgia Highway 17 at its intersection with Eastanollee By-pass. That is in front of the Eastanollee Volunteer Fire Department. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, a 2007 Ford Edge driven by 57-year-old Jackie Leigh Smith of Carnesville was […]

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