Red Cross Facing Severe Blood Shortage

Facing a severe winter blood shortage, the American Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives. The Red Cross says hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Also, the Red […]

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Demmler Selected for Leadership Georgia

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A local resident will be among those going through this year’s Leadership Georgia class. St. Matthias Episcopal Church Rector The Very Reverend Mary Demmler has been chosen for this year’s Leadership Georgia class. Demmler said she is honored to have been chosen in what is a very competitive process. She said this was her third time applying for the statewide […]

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Back to School For Stephens Co. After Holiday

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Winter break is over for students in the Stephens County school system. Stephens County students return to the classroom today for their first day of classes since before Christmas. School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said that the school system is ready to go and get started back up. “We are always excited to have the kids back and look forward to […]

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Final Numbers In For Holiday Weekend

Overall, local authorities say there were no major problems over the New Year’s holiday weekend. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell says that his department responded to a few reported burglaries and thefts, as well as a few accidents. Meanwhile, Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said the main incident his office responded to over the weekend was where two people fell […]

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Legislative Preview on Thursday

A Legislative Session Preview coffee is scheduled for this week. 50th District State Senator John Wilkinson and 28th District State Representative Dan Gasaway are scheduled to talk about the upcoming legislative session at an event on Thursday at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room in Toccoa. The Mitchell Allen Meeting Room is located on Alexander Street at […]

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NFPA Offers Christmas Tree Removal Tips

As the holidays come to a close, the National Fire Protection Association is strongly encouraging people to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season. NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy Lorraine Carli says that Christmas trees are combustible items that become increasingly flammable as they continue to dry out. She says the longer someone keeps […]

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GDOT: Mega Load Set To Move Today

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Drivers on a number of northeast Georgia highways will need to be on the lookout for a large load traveling through the region today. The Georgia Department of Transportation says a “mega load” will be making its way through northeast Georgia today. According to DOT Spokesperson Katie Strickland, the “mega load” is a 16-foot wide tractor trailer with over 430,000 […]

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USDA Commends Ga. DFCS for Customer Service Improvements

The United States Department of Agriculture says that the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services has made significant improvements over the past two years over the speed at which the agency processed applications for food assistance. Recently, the USDA lifted a warning against Georgia DFCS about the matter. In a recent letter, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service commended […]

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