Paysen Wins Georgia Chamber Award

Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce President Julie Paysen won a Georgia Chamber Award. Each year, the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce provides scholarships to help Chamber of Commerce Professionals broaden their knowledge of the profession and their careers. At the GACCE Staff Development Conference held last week in Cartersville, Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce President Julie Paysen received the […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Offers Employees New Insurance Plan

Stephens County Hospital employees will now have different options regarding their insurance. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said the new plan will give the employee choices. “We’ll be offering two plans this year” said Anderson. “One plan is the current plan with the same type of coverage but a slightly higher monthly premium. The second plan is with a […]

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2017 Tax Return Deadline Approaching

There is just 14 days left for taxpayers to file their 2016 federal income tax returns and the Internal Revenue Service is offering some last-minute reminders to make sure those returns are filed correctly and on time. According to IRS spokesman Mark Green, one of those last-minute tax tips is to not wait until the last minute. “Probably the most […]

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North Georgia Tech Hosts Backyard Tour

North Georgia Technical College is hosting a backyard tour of Northeast Georgia on Thursday, April 6. The tour will give participants the chance to visit sites including Tugaloo Bend Heritage site, Currahee Military Museum, Toccoa Falls and more. There is a registration fee of $45, which covers registration, transportation, entrance fees tastings and lunch. The bus will depart from NGTC’s […]

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Pedestrian Traffic Deaths on Record Breaking Rise

CHARLES ROBERTSON, WLHR Radio The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released numbers this week that project an 11 percent increase in the number of people on foot killed on U.S. roadways last year, compared to in 2015. The numbers represent the steepest year-to-year increase since record-keeping began, both in terms of number of deaths and percent increase. In Georgia, according […]

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Worksource Georgia to visit Royston

CHARLES ROBERTSON, WLHR Radio The WorkSource Georgia Mountains Career Coach will be visiting the Royston Library next week. The Career Coach will be available to the public next Monday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Royston Library, which is located at 634 Franklin Springs Street in downtown Royston. They will be helping local residents search & […]

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Asheville Woman Arrested Under Drug Charges

An Asheville, North Carolina woman is behind bars in Rabun County, charged with drug possession. On Saturday, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, Dillard Police Department, Sky Valley Police Department and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) executed a search warrant at the Gateway Inn and Suites in Dillard, Georgia. ARDEO spokesman Mithell Posey told WNEG News that numerous complaints […]

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Three Arrested on Drug Charges in Toccoa

Three people face charges after a drug investigation in Stephens County. On Thursday, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office conducted a search warrant at a Defoor Road residence. As a result of that search warrant, authorities say they arrested 68-year-old Theodore Swilling, 57-year-old Bobby White, and 27-year-old Justin Holland, all of Toccoa. Swilling was charged […]

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Unemployment Down in Stephens Co.

February unemployment numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor show good news for Stephens County. According to those figures that the state released last week, Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate in February was 5.5 percent, which was down six-tenths of a percentage point from January and four-tenths of a percentage point from February 2016. Stephens County also saw an increase […]

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Stephens Co. Resident Reportedly Involved in Fatal Oconee Wreck

By Dick Mangrum, WGOG Radio, Walhalla A Stephens County resident is involved in an accident in Oconee County, South Carolina that leaves one person dead. The accident occurred Thursday afternoon on South Carolina State Highway 183. According to South Carolina state authorities, the accident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. near the High Falls Express convenience store. South Carolina State Trooper […]

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