Amtrak to resume daily services for several train routes

Amtrak announces daily service will resume for several of its trains on the Amtrak’s National Network. As WNEG News reported last October, Amtrak reduced service on many long-distance train routes, including the Crescent, which makes three stops in Georgia, with one of those stops being here in Toccoa-Stephens County. According to Rail Passengers Association President and Chief Executive Officer Jim […]

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Toccoa pair arrested on drug charges

A Toccoa duo was arrested recently on drug charges. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, on April 4, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division reported two arrests at the conclusion of a narcotics investigation. Shirley says the Criminal Investigation Division began receiving citizen complaints regarding their belief that David Howell was selling illegal narcotics at several Stephens County […]

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DPH reports 3 additional COVID-related deaths in Stephens County

The Georgia Department of Public Health is now reporting 79 COVID-related deaths in Stephens County with 2,950 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 149 deaths and now 4,621 positive cases of the virus. In other neighboring counties, Franklin County […]

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Several Rabies Clinics scheduled in Toccoa-Stephens County

If you didn’t make it out to the North East Georgia Animal Shelter’s Rabies Clinic this past weekend, Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter Executive Director Jeff Roberts says you’ll have other opportunities to get your pets vaccinated here in Toccoa-Stephens County. He says, Toccoa Veterinary Hospital will be doing their clinics at the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter, located at 1747 Scenic […]

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Toccoa reminding residents to complete survey for updated Comprehensive Plan

The City of Toccoa is requesting the public’s help in determining the future direction of the City of Toccoa. According to Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton, in March 2021, the City of Toccoa began the five-year update to the City Comprehensive Plan which will determine the future direction of community endeavors. The plan, according to Hamilton, makes use of community […]

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GEMA/HS Mass Vaccination Sites vaccinate 250,000 Georgians

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) has reached the milestone of a quarter of a million Georgians vaccinated at the agency’s Mass Vaccination Sites across the state. The Agency opened its first mass vaccination sites on Feb. 22 in four locations across the state and expanded vaccine access by adding five additional sites. There are currently eight […]

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10 years later, Robert Simmons murder still unsolved

On Friday, the Toccoa Police Department along with the family of Robert Simmons, who was murdered in 2011, passed out flyers urging anyone with information regarding his death to come forward. According to Toccoa Police Chief Jimmy Mize, ten years ago the Toccoa Police Department received a call for assistance after Simmons’ family members found him unresponsive at his Glendale […]

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