Stephens Co. Hospital Working on Operational and Financial Improvement

Stephens County Hospital is working on an operational and financial improvement initiative. Just last week the hospital issued bonds for capital improvements and building restoration. The hospital is also using a consulting firm by the name of Stroudwater Associates that Stephens County Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said is currently evaluating areas of the hospital “The board selected a group that […]

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Tragic Accident Kills Toddler

Tragedy in the Avalon area of Stephens County the day before Mother’s Day. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said Saturday evening, a little girl was killed when her father accidentally backed over her. It happened on Julian Westmoreland Road Saturday evening about 6p according to the Sheriff. WNEG News spoke with the Sheriff on Saturday evening. “Earlier this evening 911 […]

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Stephens Co. Relay for Life was Successful Event

Relay for Life of Stephens County hosted their Relay for Life event last Friday, May 5. Due to weather implications, the event was moved inside the Stephens County Recreation Department. Community Manager for Relay for Life Cameron Lopez said that despite the rain, the event was a success. “It was wonderful,” said Lopez. “We had about 300 people from the […]

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Concerned Citizen Questions Downtown Rental Property

At the City Commission meeting on Monday, Angie Garland, a member of the Toccoa Planning Commission, spoke on her concern about a residential rental property in the downtown district. The City Commission recently approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance that does not allow residential use of store fronts in the downtown district. According to City Manager Billy Morse, this […]

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Sheriff’s Dept. Locates City of Toccoa’s Stolen Tractor

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley reports that the City of Toccoa’s stolen tractor has been recovered. According to Sheriff Shirley, the incident was originally reported on February 2, 2017 when City of Toccoa employees discovered a 1994 John Deere 410 d backhoe was stolen from a job site. Sheriff Shirley said during the initial investigation, deputies searched the area with […]

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Stamp out Hunger Food Drive Tomorrow

The 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is tomorrow. Letter carriers from Martin, Eastanollee and Toccoa will collect non-perishable food items for the Stephens County Food Bank. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the largest food drive in the nation, collecting over 80 million pounds last year. Locally, if the goal is met, the food drive will provide […]

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City of Toccoa to host Train Day Tomorrow

The City of Toccoa will host its 7th Annual Train Day tomorrow at 6:15 A.M. as they welcome the Amtrak Crescent Line. Special Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby says that this event gives them a chance to spotlight the history of the railroad in Toccoa. “Toccoa has had such a vast history inter-related with the railway system,” said Crosby. “We just […]

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Fatal Accident in Lavonia on Monday

In Lavonia, an accident Monday ends with a fatality. According to a report from the Hartwell Post of the Georgia State Patrol, it happened about 5 o’ clock Monday morning on Randall Street in Lavonia. Troopers on the scene said 54-year-old Heyward Lee Johnson was attempting to push his disabled 2000 Lincoln Towncar out of the way of traffic when […]

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Local Rangers Helping with Wildfire in Okefenokee Swamp

Firefighters battling the wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp are getting help from local rangers with the Georgia Forestry Commission. Gary Roberts with the Georgia Forestry Commission said crews and equipment from their Lavonia station were sent down last month. “We sent our engine from this unit down there on April 21,” said Roberts. “It’s ran by two of our rangers […]

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Toccoa Natural Gas Awarded “Project of the Year”

Toccoa Natural Gas was awarded Project of the Year for 2016 by the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia. City Manager Billy Morse said that the project is a partnership. “That project is a partnership with the Northeast Georgia Housing Authority,” said Morse. “We installed more tank-less water heaters than any other city in the state organization this year.” The City […]

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