Banks Co. Bridge Under Construction

If you’re headed to Banks County, be aware of some bridge construction now underway on SR323. Georgia Department of Transportation crews are replacing the 65-year-old bridge over Grove Creek.  Crews with the Georgia DOT’s contractor, Talley Construction Company, Inc. of Rossville, GA are installing construction related traffic signs and orange barrier fence along the borders of the project. Replacing the […]

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Burglary Case in Shorewood Community Leads to Arrest

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office recently received a pair of reports regarding the burglary of a residence off of Thrasher Drive in the Shorewood community. According to the reports, on two separate occasions someone had forcibly entered the residence and stolen electronics, tools and jewelry. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division for follow up. On Friday, […]

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Federal Tax Return Deadline Coming Soon

The deadline to file your federal tax returns is now just days away and the IRS is extending its customer service hours. The IRS toll-free telephone lines will be available Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The toll-free line is 800-829-1040. The first two weeks of April are typically some of the busiest times of the year […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Holds Public Hearing about Poultry Houses

There was a large opposition to proposed poultry houses at Tuesday’s Stephens County Commission meeting. Numerous citizens spoke out Tuesday against proposed poultry houses for broilers being constructed on properties on Davis and Yow Mill Roads in Toccoa. The citizens spoke during the nearly three-hour public hearing before the commission meeting at the historic Stephens County Courthouse. Sherry Smith Pitts […]

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Stephens Co. 911 Dispatchers to be Honored

Stephens County 911 Dispatchers are being honored this week. 911 EMA Director Danielle Rhodes told WNEG News about the special event. “This Thursday we are having an open house for county employees and department heads to come by and talk with the dispatchers and look and see what we do here,” she said. “Just to give them an opportunity to […]

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McCall Announces Candidacy for 9th District Congressional Seat

The 2018 Mid-term elections are still quite a ways off, but a Hall County Democrat is already planning a run for the 9th District U.S. Congressional seat now held by Republican Congressman Doug Collins.  Joshua McCall announced his candidacy Monday. McCall is originally from Martin and graduated from Franklin County High School. In making his announcement Monday, McCall, who identifies […]

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Toccoa City Commission Approves Amendment to Zoning Ordinance

The Toccoa City Commission approved an amendment to a zoning ordinance yesterday during their regularly scheduled meeting. This amendment restricts the use of ground floor residential living on a commercial store front in the historic district. The Toccoa Planning Commission and the Downtown Development Authority reviewed the amendment and both recommended approval. Toccoa Planning Director Connie Tabor said that this […]

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Toccoa Named GEMS Community Once Again

The City of Toccoa is once again a GEMS Community. On Monday, Community Development Specialist Christian Hamilton announced Toccoa has been re-certified as a Georgia Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) community for 2017. Hamilton said that puts Toccoa among a select group of Georgia municipalities. “There are only 16 GEMS communities in the state of Georgia, and there were only eight […]

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Tragic ATV Accident Takes Life of Young Girl

A tragic accident outside a house in Tiger claimed the life of a Clayton girl Saturday afternoon. Emily Thompson, 6, was the passenger on an all-terrain vehicle driven by a 16-year-old boy, according to Trooper 1st Class Travis Sanders of Georgia State Patrol Post 7 in Toccoa. Sanders said Thompson was seated in front of the operator when the vehicle […]

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