NFPA Offers Fire Safety Tips

The holiday season means lights and decorations throughout the home, which can pose risks if people are not careful. This year, the National Fire Protection Association is again running “Project Holiday,” the organization’s holiday fire safety campaign. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas trees, candles, and cooking all contribute to an increased number of fires in the home […]

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GSP Appoints New Troop B Commander

An Oconee County, Georgia man is the new Troop Commander for Georgia State Patrol Troop B, which includes Stephens County. This week, Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough announced the appointment of Captain Allen Marlowe to that post effective as of December 1. In his new position, Captain Marlowe will oversee the operations of the Georgia State […]

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County To Move Forward On Partial Road Abandonment

Stephens County will begin the abandonment process for part of Camp Mikell Road. On Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners voted unanimously to authorize staff to begin moving forward with the road abandonment process for part of Camp Mikell Road that begins at a creek that does not have a bridge over it and continues onto Forest Service property. Stephens County Administrator […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Approves Re-Zoning Request

Stephens County approves a re-zoning request for a local property. Tuesday, the county commission unanimously approved a re-zoning request from Dwayne Smith on Leatherwood Road. Smith wanted his property re-zoned from Residential Single Family to Agriculture General/Residential in order to allow farming and a possible nursery on the property. According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, this particular property sits […]

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NGTC Gets EMS Grant

USDA Grant

North Georgia Technical College receives a grant for EMS training. NGTC was recently awarded a $97,900 Rural Business Development Grant to improve ambulance-based safety and technology training for Emergency Medical Services Program students. Acting NGTC President Mark Ivester said that the grant will fund the purchase of an ambulance and related technology for the emergency medical students to access. In […]

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Toccoa Christmas Parade Winners Announced


The winners are in for this year’s Toccoa Christmas Parade. Winners were announced on Monday by the Toccoa Woman’s Club. According to the Woman’s Club, the “Best Overall” award went to Cub Scout Pack 77. The “Best School” award went to the Stephens County High School band. This year’s award for “Best Church or Civic Group” went to the Toccoa […]

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