Gumlog Man Charged with Homicide by Vehicle

A head-on collision in June that killed a Gumlog man has resulted in the indictment on homicide by vehicle charges against the man authorities say is responsible. The Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted 54-year old James Thomas Teate of St. Michael Drive in Gumlog on two counts of felony Homicide by Vehicle in the First Degree, and two counts […]

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Fire Prevention Week “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”

The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” This year’s campaign, which runs this week through October 9th, is meant to educate everyone about the simple, yet important actions they can take to keep […]

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Currahee Military Weekend Welcomes Visitors

The 22nd annual Currahee Military Weekend is underway. The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce Canteen Chicken-Que is today from 11A.M-1P.M. for pickup and delivery only at McNeely Hall at Toccoa First United Methodist Church on East Tugalo Street. Chamber President Julie Paysen says there are more events today. “You’ll notice reenactors coming into town. You can visit and hear their […]

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Vehicle Stolen From Stephens County Set On Fire

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a vehicle stolen in Stephens County was found abandoned and had been intentionally set on fire. The fire occurred on Skyland Drive in Cornelia on Wednesday, September 29th. “The vehicle is privately owned and was recently stolen from a residence in Toccoa on September 28th,” said Commissioner King. “We […]

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Stephens County Commission Denies Rezoning Request

One of the issues at this week’s Stephens County Commission meeting concerned the rezoning request from Michael Russ Addison of Spring Branch Circle. Addison was requesting to rezone his property from residential single family to agricultural residential. A number of citizens spoke in favor of the request. Land Owner Amanda Williams Addison said why they were asking for the rezoning. […]

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Stephens County Hospital Makes Request to County

Representatives of Stephens County Hospital spoke at the end of the Stephens County Commission meeting. Hospital board chair Mark Wilkinson asked the commissioners how much, if any, that the county intended to commit to the hospital. “I do think I speak for everyone in the room here tonight. We do know what rural healthcare has gone through in the state […]

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Habersham Approves New Public Safety Radio, Waives Aquatic Center Fees

The Habersham Board of Commissioners has approved a request for proposal for a new public safety radio system. The approved system guarantees 95 percent coverage in Habersham County.  All first responders in Habersham County, including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services rely on the radio system to communicate with each other in the field, receive real-time updates and stay […]

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Stephens County Grand Jury Indictments

The Stephens County Grand Jury has issued indictments for four individuals. Gary Frank Williams was indicted on seven counts dating back to September, 2018 including: rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of child molestation, aggravated sodomy, and criminal attempt to commit a felony. Hubert Wayne Arrowood was indicted on eleven accounts dating back to December, 2019 including: […]

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Book Signing-Special Part of CMW

The 22nd Annual Currahee Military Weekend returns this week with activities beginning tomorrow. Brenda Carlan, Stephens County Historical Society Executive Director, says it is an exciting time for the community.” We are really excited this year with the anticipation after last year going through in name only. We did have a lot of people to come to Toccoa, but we […]

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