Georgia’s annual Youth Birding Competition invites children and teens to submit artwork for T-shirt Contest

Georgia’s 15th annual Youth Birding Competition invites resident children and teens to celebrate birds through a T-shirt Art Contest. A winner will be picked from each of four age categories: primary (pre-K–second grades), elementary (third-fifth grades), middle school (sixth–eighth grades), and high school. One winner will be awarded the grand prize—their artwork will appear on the 2021 Youth Birding Competition […]

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Ritz Theatre gearing up for Spring Movie Series

The Historic Ritz Theatre is gearing up for its Spring Movie Series. This year’s theme is Take Me Out to the Ballgame, with all movies being based on the sport of baseball. According to Ritz Theatre General Manager Tami Mayhugh, the Spring Movie Series will kick-off on Friday, February 5 and continue each Friday in February with two screenings at […]

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Toccoa man arrested in Banks County drug bust

A Toccoa man is one of four people arrested in Banks County on drug trafficking charges. On Wednesday, January 13th, 2021, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office Agents, along with Banks County Sheriff’s Office Deputies executed a search warrant at the Howard Johnson Hotel Room 237 in Commerce. According to Special Agent in Charge Trent Hillsman, information developed by the Franklin […]

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Virtual Main Street Awards set for Jan. 28

Main Street Toccoa will hold its annual Main Street Awards Program a week from today; however, this year’s award ceremony will be held virtually. According to Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby the awards ceremony will be streamed on the Main Street Toccoa Facebook page beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 28. The Main Street Awards can also be […]

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SCBOE approves 2021-2022 School Calendar

The Stephens County Board of Education signs off on an academic calendar for the 2021-2022 school year. Board of Education members approved the 180-day calendar at their meeting on Tuesday. The calendar for next school year calls for 90 student days in each semester. Students will start the academic year 2021-2022 on Wednesday, August 3, 2021; however, teachers will begin […]

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Car fire closes portion of 365 Tuesday

A car fire spread to a section of woods on a mountainside in Toccoa on Tuesday. The fire, occurred across from Old Rock Quarry Circle, required one lane of Ga. 365 to be closed for hours as Stephens County firefighters, U.S. Forest Service and the Georgia Forestry Commission worked to put out of the flames. The fire was reported around […]

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Hamilton elected to Board of Directors of GDA

Mainstreet Toccoa Manager Christian Hamilton has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Downtown Association. Hamilton was elected to serve on the board of the Georgia Downtown Association for 2021. He has been a member of GDA for four years and will represent the members in District 2. Hamilton tells WNEG News that he is eager to […]

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Stephens County Deputy Registrar assumes office duties of Registrar as Gober Resigns

Stephens County Deputy Registrar April Roberts will assume the office duties of Registrar in the Stephens County Registrar’s Office following Stephens County Registrar Eureka Gober’s recent resignation. On Tuesday, the Stephens County Board of Commissioners met in executive session to accept Gober’s request to resign. According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers the County must follow a local act that […]

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DPH continues to report 60 COVID related deaths in Stephens County

The Georgia Department of Public Health is still reporting 60 COVID-related deaths in Stephens County with 2,477 residents testing positive for the virus, since the beginning of the global pandemic. The latest report was released Monday afternoon. The latest report has Habersham County with 104 deaths and now 4,112 positive cases of the virus. In other neighboring counties, Franklin County […]

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