Stephens Co. Development Authority Hires Jones

The Stephens County Development Authority announces a new member to their team. Elizabeth Jones began as the Assistant to the Executive Director on May 15th. She is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems. At the development authority, she will work with Executive Director of the Development Authority Tim Martin. He […]

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National Safe Boating Week Coming Up

National Safe Boating Week begins Monday and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources along with the Georgia Department of Public Safety are urging people to be safe and use common sense when getting out onto the waters of lakes in North Georgia. As Memorial Day weekend approaches, more and more people are making their way to Lake Hartwell for family weekends on […]

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Representative Collins Introduces Expanding Veterans’ Access to Choice Act

Congressman Doug Collins recently introduced the Expanding Veterans’ Access to Choice Act to improve the ability of veterans to receive private health care options when their access to VA services is limited. The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 gave veterans the option of receiving VA-covered care through certain private providers. However, they had to meet one of […]

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Unemployment Rates Down in April

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.1 in March and 5.4 in April 2016. There were 15,179 more Georgians employed in April than in March, pushing the total number to another record of 4 million 778,503. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler […]

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Stephens Co. High School Graduation Tonight

Stephens County High School graduation is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Stephens County High School Stadium. The student parking lot will be reserved for guest parking. For anyone who needs to drop off a guest with a wheelchair or walker, you may drop them off in the parking lot by the concession stands, however, there will be no parking […]

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INSP Films Shoots “County Line” in Toccoa

INSP Films will be premiering its newest film, County Line, at the Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaeffer Center June 16th-18th. The film was shot in Toccoa in 2016 in numerous locations throughout the city, including the Toccoa Raceway, historic court house, Stephens County Hospital and others. Vice President of Original Movies for INSP Films Gary Wheeler said that they […]

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Stephens Co. High School Holds Band and Auxiliary Awards

The Stephens County High School Band and Auxiliary held their annual awards ceremony Tuesday night in the Tugaloo Center at the high school.  Seniors were presented plaques.  Among the special awards handed out were:   Auxiliary—Director’s Award: Lexie Payne, McKenzie Proctor; Best All Around:  Lauren Swenson, Jana Guadalupe; Miss Showmanship:  McKenzie Proctor and Sarah Bridges. Band—MVP:  Jared Carswell, Jamie Webb; […]

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Attorney General Warns Against Ransomware Virus

With countries and companies around the world being attacked with a ransom virus, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is urging consumers to take necessary precautions to make sure they don’t fall victim to similar cyber attacks. “Ransomware;” is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid, usually in the […]

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Two Recent Drug Arrests in Stephens Co.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley reports two recent drug arrests. On Saturday, May 13 around 2 a.m., deputies arrested Jason Ruff, age 41 of Toccoa, after a traffic stop on Highway 123. According to Shirley, deputies recovered Cocaine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Marijuana and another unknown drug that is to be analyzed at the GBI Crime Lab. Ruff is charged with distribution of […]

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Rural Hospitals Hoping for Increased Donations after Rise in Tax Credits

Rural hospital officials across Georgia are hoping a new rise in tax credits will raise donations. For a limited time, Georgia taxpayers can receive a 90 percent state tax credit when they contribute to designated rural hospitals – including St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital in Lavonia – through the new Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program. St. Mary’s Healthcare spokesman […]

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