Toccoa to Mark Arbor Day Today

Toccoa will celebrate Arbor Day at an event later today. The city’s Arbor Day ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. today at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club on Whitman Street in Toccoa. This year’s ceremony will include the children from the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, said organizers. Also, Toccoa Mayor Gail Fry and Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful Director Linda Scofield […]

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Toccoa Talks Utilities At Work Session

The city of Toccoa continues to move forward on a number of different utility-related issues. City commissioners discussed those topics at a work session on Monday afternoon. One of the main topics commissioners discussed was the development of the city’s efforts in the area of compressed natural gas with vehicles. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said on one end, the […]

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Dogs Rescued from Retention Pond

Toccoa-Stephens County Animal Control and Humane Shelter staff rescue a group of animals from an empty retention pond. Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said it happened on Monday in the Eastanollee community when they received a call about dogs that were in the empty retention area. “We got a call there were nine dogs in this area and they were not […]

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Shirley Receives National Sheriffs’ Association Appointments

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley will serve on some national committees as part of his involvement in the National Sheriff’s Association. During the recent National Sheriff’s Association Conference in Washington, D.C., Shirley was appointed to serve on the Homeland Security Board and the National Juvenile Justice and Youth Committee. Shirley said that this is the third year he has been […]

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Judge Finds Wilbros in Contempt

A judge finds Wilbros in contempt after a two-day hearing in Stephens County Superior Court. On Tuesday, Judge Robert Adamson found Wilbros and the other defendants in a civil suit filed by Stephens County and other plaintiffs in contempt of the various Georgia Environmental Protection Division orders and by extension the judge’s court order of December 10, 2012, Plaintiff’s Attorney […]

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Authorities Asking for Help on Cold Case Homicide

As the three-year anniversary of a Toccoa homicide approaches, law enforcement and the victim’s family are again asking for the public’s help in finding those responsible for his death. 46-year-old Robert Lee Simmons, Jr. of Toccoa was found dead by a family member on the evening of March 1, 2011 at the Glendale Apartment Complex. Saturday marks three years since […]

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Stephens Co. Holds Land Use Public Hearing

Most of the speakers at a Tuesday public hearing on a proposed Stephens County land use ordinance say they are in favor of it. Stephens County Commissioners held the public hearing and first reading of the proposed land use ordinance at their meeting on Tuesday. The proposed land use ordinance sets up classifications for different types of properties and lays […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Approves Humane Shelter Funding

Stephens County Commissioners agree to provide extra funding for the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter to get it through the remainder of the fiscal year. Tuesday, county commissioners voted unanimously to approve $57,640 to fund the shelter through June 30. The shelter made the request after spending the initial $284,000 budgeted by the city and county combined for the current fiscal […]

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City Commission Appoves Shelter Funding

Toccoa City Commissioners will provide additional funding to the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter. Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved a request from the Shelter for $57,640 in additional funding for the remainder of the fiscal year, which runs through June 30. The shelter made the request after spending the initial $284,000 budgeted by the city and county combined for the current […]

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Wilbros Hearing Continues Today

A hearing on a request from Stephens County and the other plaintiffs in a civil suit against the Wilbros facility asking a judge to shut the facility down is scheduled to continue today. It started Monday in Stephens County Superior Court. During testimony, University of Georgia composting expert Dr. K.C. Das testified that he believed the carbon-nitrogen ratio in the […]

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