GSP Gets GOHS Grant

The Georgia State Patrol is the recipient of a traffic safety H.E.A.T. grant of almost $2.37 million from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.  The grant provides funding for the GSP to continue the Nighthawks DUI Task Force as well as the department’s Administrative License Suspension, or ALS Program. H.E.A.T, which stands for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic, includes the […]

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Austin Calls 2013 Good Year for Toccoa

Toccoa Mayor David Austin looks back at the last 12 months. Austin spoke with AM 630 WNEG about the year 2013 for the city of Toccoa earlier this week. He said overall, it was a good year for the city. “We have done well for the citizens and the city,” said Austin. Austin said the city accomplished many things in […]

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New Year’s Travel Numbers Released

The Georgia Department of Public Safety reports this morning that traffic crashes across Georgia during the New Year’s holiday travel period resulted in five fatalities. None of those were reported in northeast Georgia during the 30-hour holiday period. This year’s holiday period for New Year’s started at 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve and ended at midnight New Year’s Day. Traffic […]

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Year in Review: Change in Stephens Co. School System

As 2014 gets underway, we are taking time this week to look back at the top stories of 2013. One of those stories was change within the Stephens County School System. In June, the Stephens County Board of Education voted to hire Sandy Steele as the principal at StephensCountyHigh School, moving him from the administrative offices. Stephens County School Superintendent […]

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Police Blotter

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a local business recently in response to a report of theft. The report from the Sheriff’s Office stated that a deputy responded to a Highway 17 business on Monday in reference to a report of an automobile having been entered. According to the report, $163 in cash and $25 in other items were […]

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Local Doctor Works Towards OB-GYN Certification

A local doctor advances in her OB-GYN certification process. Dr. Andrea M. Dabney recently advanced in the multi-step process set forth by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology certification process. The Board requires successful candidates to present themselves to the public as a qualified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, mastering the knowledge, acquiring experience and committing to adhere to […]

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Hartwell Full to Start 2014

2013 was a wet year for the entire Hartwell Lake sub-basin. That is according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Spokesman Russell Wicke. “This year for the Hartwell sub-basin, this is the second wettest year ever reported,” said Wicke.  “We have got a total of 75.4 inches of rain and the only year that we have on record that we […]

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Area, State Marking New Year’s Holiday

Authorities are reporting no fatal crashes in Georgia so far this New Year’s holiday period. The New Year’s holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. Tuesday and runs through midnight tonight. Last year, there were seven fatalities on Georgia highways during a much longer 102-hour holiday period. Authorities are cautioning drivers to plan for a sober designated driver if alcohol […]

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2013 A Wet Year in Toccoa

2013 will go down as the wettest year in Toccoa since 2009. In calendar year 2013, downtown Toccoa received 84.04 inches of precipitation. That is over 30 inches more precipitation than Toccoa received in 2012, when downtown Toccoa received 50.05 inches of rain. The 2013 rainfall amount in downtown Toccoa also tops the 46.43 inches received in 2011 and the […]

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