Early voting begins today

In-person early, or advanced, voting begins today in the Georgia Presidential Preference Primary. Advanced voting for the March 12 Presidential Preference Primary will be conducted at the Stephens County Historic Courthouse, 37 W. Tugalo Street in Toccoa. Advanced voting will continue each weekday through Friday, March 8.  Mandatory advanced in-person Saturday voting will take place on February 24 and March […]

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Sen. Bo Hatchett: Week Six Under the Gold Dome

Georgia State Senator Bo Hatchett recently updated WNEG News and constituents on the sixth week of the legislative session. Hatchett serves District 50 which includes Stephens, Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Rabun, and Towns County and portions of Hall, Jackson, and White counties. Hatchett also serves as one of two Floor Leaders in the Senate, selected by Governor Brian Kemp. We are […]

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Officials seeking information on missing Toccoa teen

The Toccoa Police Department is asking for help from citizens in locating a missing Toccoa teen. Jase Childers of Toccoa has been missing since Thursday afternoon, Feb. 15, and Toccoa Chief of Police Jimmy Mize is asking that anyone with information on Childers’ whereabouts call the Toccoa Police Department and speak with investigator David Cannon at (706) 282.3279 or (706) […]

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SCBOC Approves changes to Employee Handbook

Following approval of updates to the Stephens County Employment Handbook and policies, the Stephens County Government offices will be closed this coming Monday, Feb. 19 in honor of Presidents Day. The holiday is one of two additional holidays that were approved for county employees when Board of Commission members voted unanimously to approve the updates to the handbook during the […]

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Toccoa’s Provitera Named NGTC Employee of the Year

North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) recently named Brandon Provitera the 2024 Employee of the Year at the college’s annual service awards holiday luncheon. Provitera, an audio visual/information technology specialist from Toccoa, has been employed by the college since Oct. 2014 and previously served as a technical support specialist, a library assistant and a library work study. He graduated from NGTC […]

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Habersham County Elections & Voter Registration Office relocating to Cornelia Feb. 19

The new location of the Habersham County Elections and Voter Registration Office will open at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19. The new office, located at 403 Habersham County Shopping Center, Cornelia, is just up from Belk next to the former Community Bank & Trust Operations Center on 441 Bypass and will operate weekdays and as required. Habersham County Elections Supervisor […]

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Application period now open for FEMA Firefighter Grants

Applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’sFiscal Year 2023 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program are now open, and will accept applications through 5 p.m. on March 8. The expected disbursements for the FY 2023 AFG program is $324 million, matching the $324 million distributed through 1,708 awards for the FY2022 awards, including a $952,380 grant to the City of […]

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Solar Farm Bill Passes in the State House

At the State Capitol, legislation aimed at ensuring the huge number of solar farms springing up across rural Georgia don’t become permanent eyesores cleared the state House of Representatives Monday. House Bill 300, which passed unanimously, requires companies that lease property for solar farms to restore the land to its natural state after the lease expires. Restoration activities include removing […]

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Motorcyclist Leads Deputies on Extended Chase, Runs Bike Into Ditch

A Cornelia motorcyclist was taken into custody without incident after he wrecked a 2010 Harley-Davidson while fleeing from Habersham County Sheriff’s Office deputies early this past Saturday.  Sgt. C. Carter of the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office was parked on Highway 365 in Baldwin at 2:40am Saturday, Feb. 10, when he observed the motorcycle with a non-functional tag light pass his […]

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