Storms Bring Little Rain Thursday

Storms did move through the area last night and bring some thunder, lightning, and wind. As far as rain goes, the storm dumped only 0.03 inches on downtown Toccoa. Meanwhile, the latest drought monitor shows that Stephens County remains in a state of “severe drought,” with “extreme drought” conditions found just to the south in much of Franklin County and […]

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Liquid Meth Found At Traffic Stop

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A traffic stop leads to the first arrest in Stephens County for a new type of methamphetamine. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it started on June 28 when deputies of the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office Crime Supression Unit were engaged in a proactive patrol of the Easy Street area. Shirley said during that patrol, deputies stopped a red Nissan […]

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Investigations Lead to Two Arrests

Two investigations by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit lead to arrests. First, Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that on June 15, his office received a report of an adult male sending a 15-year-old girl obscene material electronically over the phone. Shirley said his office’s Special Victims Unit received that report and began investigating the case. “As […]

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Minor Boating Incident Over Weekend in Stephens Co.

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One person is recovering from a minor injury after a jet ski accident in Stephens County over the July fourth holiday weekend. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Officer Craig Fulghum said it happened on July 4 on Eastanollee Creek in Lake Hartwell. According to Fulghum, two personal watercraft that were jumping wakes collided into each other. “A juvenile […]

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Authorities Arrest Third Suspect in June Home Invasion

The third suspect in a home invasion last month on Talmadge Drive is under arrest. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that investigators from his department worked with deputies from the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in apprehending 27-year-old Richard Casey Harrelson of Double Springs Road in Demorest. Shirley said Harrelson was located at an […]

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July Fourth Traffic Numbers Released

Final traffic numbers are out for the holiday weekend. The July 4 travel weekend for the Georgia Department of Public Safety lasted from 6 p.m. on Friday to midnight on Monday. According to the state’s Department of Public Safety, nine people were killed on Georgia highways during that 78-hour period. One of those fatalities did occur as a result of […]

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