Stephens Co. Commission Meets Later Today

The Stephens County Board of Commissioners will consider approving a court fee ordinance at its meeting later today. Stephens County Commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. At the start of the meeting, county commissioners will hold a second reading and public hearing of the proposed court […]

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Stephens Co. Names Teacher of the Year

The Stephens County School System names its Teacher of the Year. This year, the system-wide Teacher of the Year is Jessica Simmons. She is a teacher at Stephens County High School. Along with being the system-wide Teacher of the Year, Simmons is also the Teacher of the Year for Stephens County High School. Each year, the Stephens County School System […]

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Toccoa Readies For Festival of Trees

Downtown Toccoa is gearing up for the annual Festival of Trees. Main Street Toccoa will again host the 9th annual Festival of Trees coming up from November 30 through December 3. Toccoa Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said the Festival of Trees is a great way for people and businesses to give back to the community, while getting into […]

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Information Released on Fatal Auto Accident

Authorities have released information on an accident that resulted in a fatality in Stephens County. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, the accident occurred on Yonah Dam Road at about 5 p.m. Thursday. Only one vehicle was involved. It was a 2002 Saturn SL2 driven by 67-year-old James Robert Payne of Toccoa. The GSP said the […]

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By-pass Sewer Expansion Project Ahead of Schedule

Work continues to move along on water and sewer improvements along the Toccoa By-pass in Stephens County. That’s according to Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin. He said that crews working on the project are moving ahead of schedule. “There are always surprises when you work on projects that are underground, but even though we have seen a […]

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Wilkinson Named to Senate Caucus Leadership Post

A local state legislator will take over a leadership position in Atlanta. 50th District State Senator John Wilkinson was elected to serve as Secretary of the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming biennial legislative term of the Georgia General Assembly. In this role, Senator Wilkinson will be responsible for recording all official legislative activities for the Senate Majority Caucus. Wilkinson […]

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Cops and Kids Program Gearing Up in NE Ga.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Some local children will have a happier Christmas this year thanks to help from the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. Earlier this month, Chapter 105 of the Northeast Georgia Fraternal Order of Police received the last of its applications for “Cops and Kids” program, which helps children from low-income families shop […]

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Drought Continues to Worsen

Drought conditions are worsening across northeast Georgia. On Thursday, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a Level One Drought Response for Stephens and Franklin counties. This came on the same day that Stephens and Franklin counties moved into “exceptional drought” status on the U.S. Drought Monitor, the most severe level of drought on that scale. Under a Level One Drought […]

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