Amtrak working to return to normal operations after railroad unions and management agree to new deal

With a tentative deal reached to prevent a freight railroad strike, Amtrak is working to get its schedule back in order. Amtrak released a statement on Thursday, saying, “Amtrak is working to quickly restore canceled trains and reaching out to impacted customers to accommodate on first available departures. The deal between railroad unions and management was announced just after 5 a.m. Thursday […]

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TCC extends lease agreement with Carter’s Royal Disposal

The Toccoa City Commission approved a motion to extend the city’s lease agreement with Carter’s Royal Disposal. The decision was made on Monday, during the Commission’s regular scheduled meeting. City Manager Billy Morse explained that the lease agreement extension is for the transfer station and would lock in the current price for three additional years. A motion approving the agreement […]

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Pless named SCDA, SCHS’s WBL Student of the Month

Stephens County Development Authority and the Stephens County High School have partnered together for a monthly program recognizing a Work-Based Learning Student of the month for the current school year. High School Senior Garrett Pless, who works for Hollow Springs Farms in Eastanollee, has been selected as the August Student of the Month. Pless has a 99 average in his […]

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Toccoa man arrested during burglary

A Toccoa man was arrested after Stephens County Sheriff’s Deputies caught him during a burglary. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, on September 10, at approximately 3:24 a.m. a citizen reported a dark colored Jeep pulling into McGarity’s Starter and Alternator Repair. Upon arrival, Deputy Cason Johnson observed a male subject behind the shop. The deputy approached the man, […]

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Amtrak suspends Southern Crescent line as potential rail strike looms across the nation

Amtrak’s Southern Crescent has been suspended. Due to the threat of the railroad strike, Amtrak has cancelled the Southern Crescent trains—which stop in Toccoa and Clemson. While Amtrak is not going on strike, Norfolk Southern is involved as the Crescent uses Norfolk Southern’s Charlotte to Atlanta track. Negotiations are ongoing between unions and railroad companies; however, if they don’t come […]

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SCBC awards bid to Bliss Products to construct Outdoor Sensory Playground

The Stephens County Board of Commissioners awarded the bid for the outdoor sensory playground. The decision was made on Tuesday, during the commission’s regular scheduled meeting. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers says the county received two separate bids with one bidder offering two different renderings and plans. Ultimately, the commission awarded the project to Bliss Products in the amount of $699,000. […]

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SCSO arrest two men after narcotics investigation

An Eastanollee man and a Mt. Airy man were arrested recently by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the arrests occurred during an ongoing investigation of narcotics trafficking, as well as an arrest warrant for an individual inside the residence. Shirley says deputies along with K-9 Reba and K-9 Dexter responded to a Stephens […]

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GBI investigating officer involved shooting in Habersham County

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Habersham County. According to a release by the GBI, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation, on September 12, into an incident that left one man dead from a gunshot. No deputies were injured during the incident. Preliminary information indicates that the […]

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