UPDATED DAILY…Announcements Related to Covid-19

Out of caution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, several local agencies have announced changes with group activities, including schools, government, organizations, businesses and courts in Toccoa-Stephens County and surrounding area.
Schools

The Class of 2020 Graduation Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for July 17, 2020.  However, they understand that some seniors will need diplomas before this date.  If graduating seniors need their diplomas before July 17, they will be available for drive through pick-up on May 26, 2020 from 12:00-2:00pm at the student parking entrance.

The school nutrition department will continue to provide meals without a break in service into the summer. Any changes to locations or implementation will be provided when necessary.

July 16th: On-site Pre-K-KG registration will be held at Big A Elementary. Online registration is also currently available. Please see: www.stephenscountyschools.org

-Toccoa Falls College President, Dr. Bob Myers encourages new freshman and transfer students and all continuing students that TFC plans to be “back in business” for Fall 2020. TFC Admissions plans to re-open for prospective student visits June 1st with safety precautions in place. Until then feel free to check out the TFC Virtual Campus Tour at tfc.edu/virtual.

 

Government

-CITY OF TOCCOA
The City Hall drive-through window is now open from 8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. every weekday.
City Hall and the Police Department will continue to be closed to all walk-in traffic until June 12.
For the Lake Toccoa Facilities, The Links at Lake Toccoa Golf Course is now open. Ping’s Grill will continue to be closed with a reopening not expected any time soon; events at Reflections for May have all been canceled and the city is working with those that have June reservations to see if they need to be rescheduled.
Doyle Street Swimming Pool is planning to open on Memorial Day to groups of ten at a time through June 12.

-All Main Street Toccoa and Ritz Theatre events have been canceled through June.

– The Stephens County Government Building will be closed to walk-in traffic. You can enter by appointment only.
-Stephens County Convenience Centers will no longer accept recyclables.
-Until further notice, the Bulky Item Disposal for Stephens County residents has been suspended.  This service is located on Scenic Dr. at the Public Works office.  It does not include the five Convenience Sites.
-Toccoa City Hall and the Toccoa Police Department Offices will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Appointments can be arranged by calling 706-886-8451. City of Toccoa Utility customers are asked to make payments by mail or the drive-thru open weekdays from 1-5 P.M.
-The Historic Stephens County Courthouse has limited access to the public until further notice.
-The Town of Martin ask water customers to make payments in ways other than entering the City office until further notice.
-Stephens County Recreation Department Sporting Events and Senior Center Group Activities are canceled until further notice.
-The Toccoa-Stephens County Public Library is now taking appointments for porch pick-up and walk-ins. The Library is scheduled to open June 1st.
Organizations

-WNEG Senior Expo Senior Expo scheduled for May 28th has been postponed until a later date.

-The annual fishing tournament hosted by People First of Stephens County has been cancelled. The fishing tournament was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 30; however, due to the current global pandemic with COVID-19 the group has decided to cancel the event.

– The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter is suspending animal adoptions and scheduling for low-cost spay neuter services. The shelter will remain closed to the public until further notice.
-The Toccoa Rotary Club has canceled meetings through May.
-In an attempt to protect volunteers, staff and patients, OPEN ARMS CLINIC  will have altered hours and functions. All appointments are cancelled.  If you are a patient and experiencing a medical issue or have a question, please call 706-491-8639 and speak with a nurse. Hours to Order or pick up medication are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 P.M.- 5 P.M. only.
-The Stephens County Historical Society and Currahee Military Museum has canceled the monthly Veteran’s Coffee for the month of May. The museums will be closed until further notice.
-The Toccoa VFW is closed until further notice.
-The Toccoa Welcome Center is closed to the public until further notice.
-The Toccoa Lions Club will be doing video conference calls for the near future due to general health concerns.
-Neighbors 4 Neighbors food pantry closed until further notice.

Business

-1st Franklin Financial Investment Center lobby is open. The staff will be wearing masks, limiting the number of visitors, and maintaining social distancing.

-The Wright Credit Union is now open normal hours for Lobby and Drive-Thru.

-The Salvation Army Family Store will re-open on Monday, May 18 and begin a reduced schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10-4:00 each day.   Customers are advised that we are limiting the number of persons inside the store at one time and that each customer is asked to sanitize their hands upon entry.  Masks are encouraged and if a customer is sick with any symptoms of COVID-19, they are asked not to enter.
It is their desire to accept donations from 11-2 on these days only as donations must be quarantined once accepted, reducing our ability to move donations to the sales floor quickly.
The Salvation Army Service Center at 306 East Franklin Street in Toccoa remains closed to the public although food distribution is available Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12.

-Oconee Federal Savings and Loan-Both Toccoa locations are open with our normal business hours – Lobby: 9 – 4:00 Monday through Thursday, 9:00 – 5:30 Friday; Drive Thru opens at 8:30 daily.  They are requesting that customers still use our drive-thru lanes, if at all possible.  If it is necessary for you to physically come in the bank, please call 706-886-2111 to schedule an appointment.  The night deposit is available for any documents or deposits that need to be made after hours.  They also encourage customers to take full advantage of our online and mobile banking services.

-North Georgia Credit Union is open for drive-thru only at all locations until further notice. Hours of service from 8:30am–5:00pm on Monday – Friday, and will continue to be open from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Saturdays. In-person visits will be made by appointments only.
-Physical Therapy Specialists and Balance Center is open. Patients are asked to remain in their vehicles until their appointment time. Patients and employees are having their temperatures read prior to treatment. They are also providing care through Telehealth.
-Van Minos Insurance-closed to walk-in traffic, but there to take calls and take care of your insurance needs at 706-886-7517.

Bulldog’s Xpress Car Wash- Full Service Wash is back and until 5 P.M. daily, Wash through “The Falls” open until 7 P.M. daily, and Oil Change.

-Tru Vista has provided field staff with single use gloves, hand sanitizer and wipes, with instruction to use frequently and with every property, home or business visit. The Toccoa office is closed, but payments may be dropped off at the payment box or mail slot. Call 1-800-768-1212 with any questions.

-Picture of Life Personal Care Home-no visitors until further notice. Residents can be reached by phone.
-Addison Agency is closed to walk in traffic, but there to take calls and post payments over the phone. Call 706 886-1247 with questions.
-X-Factor Grill is carry-out or curbside, with minimal inside dining.
-Shirley’s Sole Food is carry-out only.

-Hart EMC drive-thru windows ARE OPEN, and the call center is staffed. Any questions you have can be answered by calling 1-800-241-4109. Drive-thru windows are open Monday – Friday from 7 am until 7 pm for your convenience.

-Northeast Georgia Housing Authority offices closed to the public. Please call 706-886-9455 if you need information.

Georgia Courts:
Chief Superior Court Judge Russell W. Smith and Superior Court Judge B. Chan Caudell have issued a Declaration/Standing Order providing that during the period of emergency, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, all court proceedings will be held online.
Attorneys and parties will be sent an email with a link to access their hearing. Members of the public who would like to attend a hearing may contact the office of the clerk of court for the county in which the case is scheduled to be heard. The Clerk will provide a link which can be used to access the hearing remotely from any laptop or smartphone. Laptop
computers are available at each courthouse for use by the parties or their witnesses who do not have other access to a laptop or smartphone. Litigants should direct any questions regarding a particular case to their attorneys. Any general questions or concerns may be directed to Chief
Judge Russell W. Smith by email to livester.scsec@gmail.com or at his office at (706) 886-7525.
I. APPLICABLE TO ALL COURTS
The provisions of this order shall be applicable to all Superior, State, Juvenile,
Magistrate, Probate and Municipal courts in the Mountain Judicial Circuit.

WNEG News will continue to update this page as more announcements become available.