Stephens Co. Caterpillar Facility Shut Down

The shut down at Caterpillar’s Stephens County plant is official. According to Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin, production has finished in the building and all inventory has been shipped out of the building in the Hayestone-Brady Business Park on Georgia Highway 17. He says the equipment dismantling process is underway and there are about 20 people in […]

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Concert Friday to Benefit Humane Shelter

A concert later this week will look to raise funds for the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter. Elvis Tribute Artist Cody Ray Slaughter will perform his “Elvis 56” biopic concert on Friday at the Tugaloo Center for the Performing Arts at Stephens County High School in Toccoa. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and tickets are still available. Toccoa-Stephens […]

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Pickett Firm Holds Ribbon Cutting

A new law firm opens up in Stephens County. The Pickett Firm LLC held a Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting last month. Ann Pickett said her firm offers a wide range of services. “We do real estate closings and title searches,” said Pickett. “We offer business compliance for small business owners on various compliance issues they may have. We […]

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Toccoa Unveils Latest Downtown Historic Plaque

Main Street Toccoa wraps up its 2015-2016 series of historic plaques. The final plaque in the series for this year was unveiled last Thursday at Troup’s Gold Crown Hallmark, the former R.L. Smith Furniture and Appliance at the corner of Doyle and Pond streets in downtown Toccoa. City officials said that R.L. Smith first started a television and appliance center […]

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Stephens Co. Schools Get Four Stars

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A state rating gives all Stephens County schools four stars. Last week, the Georgia Department of Education released its 2015 School Climate Star Ratings. The ratings are based on survey results and data from the 2014-2015 school year. State education officials said that the school climate refers to the quality and character of school life, or the “culture” of a […]

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Road Work Continuing on Rock Creek

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Motorists using part of Rock Creek Road in Stephens County should again be aware of continuing road work today. Monday, county road crews began some extensive work on Rock Creek Road, starting at East Silver Shoals Road and going for two miles heading back towards town. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that crews are doing some tar and gravel […]

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Georgia Marks National Fishing and Boating Week

State wildlife officials are urging people to get out and fish and boat this week. June 4 to June 12 is National Fishing and Boating Week, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. National Fishing and Boating Week began in 1979 as National Fishing Week and was created to recognize the tradition of fishing, to broaden […]

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Franklin Co. BOC Tables Social Host Ordinance

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County Commissioners say they don’t know when, if ever, they will consider a request to institute a social host ordinance. At its work session last week, the Franklin County Commission was basically mum on a request for an update on the issue from Carmen Westbrook, Community Involvement Specialist for the non-profit group, Hearts […]

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Wayfinding Signage Going Up in Downtown Toccoa

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New signage around the Toccoa area will seek to point people towards downtown. Main Street Toccoa is currently in the midst of constructing wayfinding signage for downtown in seven different locations around Toccoa. Funding for the signage came through a grant for Tourism Product Development from the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Toccoa Main Street Director Connie Tabor said the […]

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Nifco KTW Moving Along on Construction, Says SCDA

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Progress continues towards getting German-based automotive parts supplier NIFCO KTW up and operating in Stephens County. The Stephens County Development Authority said that the company received the Certificate of Occupancy for its building last Thursday. Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said that the new building in the Hayestone-Brady Business Park on Highway 17 that will house NIFCO KTW’s U.S. […]

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