Demorest man Drowns in Lake Hartwell over weekend

Georgia DNR Officer Craig Fulghum reports a tragic accident at Lake Hartwell over the weekend that resulted in the death of a Demorest man. According to Fulghum, at 8:20 on Saturday night, Georgia DNR game wardens and the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible drowning call on Lake Hartwell. Witnesses say that Eric Garrison Thurmond, 45 of Demorest, […]

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Toccoa Police Dept. Arrests Four individuals for Entering Unlocked Vehicles

Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell reports the arrest of four individuals for entering unlocked vehicles on multiple roads in Toccoa. All of the vehicles that were entered were unlocked and items taken include handguns, money, purses and wallets. According to Jarrell, the four individuals arrested for these crimes are believed to be responsible for other thefts around the city, but […]

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Truett McConnell Announces addition of M.A. in Professional Counseling Program

Anyone interested in pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling can now consider attending Truett McConnell University. The college announced this addition to their curriculum yesterday and said the program will be offered beginning August 2017. The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling is the fifth master’s degree program at Truett McConnell and will offer a variety of courses […]

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Better Business Bureau Warns Consumers Against AmeriServ Electrical, Inc.

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be cautious when dealing with AmeriServ Electrical, Inc. Complaints have been sent to an address listed as 5126 Bristol Industrial Way, Suite 100, Buford, GA 30518-1771. However, complaints sent to that address, and a subsequent post office box, were returned. When BBB contacted them via phone call, they claimed their current address […]

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Career Coach Coming to Royston Public Library next week

Job seekers looking for help will want to visit the Royston Public Library next month That’s where the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission’s Workforce Development Career Coach will be located on Monday, June 12. The library is located at 634 Franklin Springs Street in Royston. Instructor Micah Thomas said it’s a good opportunity to get some free help finding work. He said […]

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Eighth Historic Plaque to be dedicated Tonight

Don’t forget that the eighth historic plaque in the 2016-2017 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings is today at 5 p.m. The plaque will be dedicated at the former location of the Andrews-Hamby Men’s Store, which is now owned by Mr. Chris Irvin and used as downtown luxurious apartments. According to Community Development Specialist Christian Hamilton, the building was […]

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GBI issues updated Public Safety Alert on Counterfeit Pills

Last week, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued a public safety alert regarding counterfeit pills. A meeting was held Tuesday with the metro Atlanta Drug Enforcement Commanders to discuss officer safety and handling of extremely dangerous drugs being encountered at the GBI Crime Lab. Those dangerous drugs include synthetic opioids found in counterfeit pills. “Graveyard dead,” was the warning GBI […]

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“Click It or Ticket” Campaign Underway

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Department launched the “Click it or Ticket” campaign May 22 and it’s ongoing until June 4. As part of the campaign, deputies have been conducting safety checkpoints to ensure seatbelt usage. If a driver or passenger is not wearing a seatbelt at the checkpoints, they can be issued a citation. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy […]

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