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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Reflections Event Center Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

The City of Toccoa celebrated with the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce and the community on Tuesday with a grand opening and ribbon cutting at Reflections Event Center at Lake Toccoa. According to city officials Reflections Event Center is another step to enhance the Lake Toccoa area and the facility is for large events for as many as 200 or […]

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Co. Commission Signs Documents to Back Bonds for Hospital

During their budget planning session on Tuesday, the Stephens County Commission officially signed the documents to back the long-term bonds for Stephens County Hospital. Last month, the commission voted to approve backing a $5 million loan for the hospital, as well as voted to officially begin working with an underwriter to help set up the long-term bonds, totaling $15 million. […]

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Second FY 18 Budget Hearing Yesterday at BOE Meeting

The Stephens County Board of Education had their second hearing regarding the fiscal year 18 budget during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday. Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said that they’re expecting revenues to exceed expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year and explained what else this budget will include. “This budget also offers our local taxpayers a one mil rollback from 18.3 […]

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Kersh gives Graduation Update at BOE Meeting

Stephens County High School Principal Scott Kersh gave a graduation update at last night’s Board of Education meeting. According to Kersh, there are approximately 214 seniors graduating this year and he says this class has earned an exceptional amount of scholarship money. “The 2017 senior class of Stephens County High School has earned in college and local scholarship money a […]

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Camp Toccoa Project Committee to Host Banquet

The Camp Toccoa at Currahee Project Committee is hosting a banquet on Friday, June 2. A reception with cash bar and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Colonel Joe Alexander, the past president of the 101st Associaton and Trustee of the Camp Toccoa at Currahee Board, will be the guest speaker […]

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