Pay Less Here Holds Ribbon Cutting

The community comes together to celebrate the grand opening of a new store. On Thursday, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for Pay Less Here to celebrate its grand opening on Big A Road in Toccoa. This is the second Pay Less Here store, with the first one located in Duluth. Nikki Do manages the first store […]

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Stephens Co. BOE To Receive FY 18 Budget Tuesday

Next fiscal year’s budget for the Stephens County school system should come up at next week’s meeting of the Stephens County Board of Education. During Thursday’s school board work session, Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey told the board that they would receive information on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget on Tuesday. Dorsey said that the school board will be […]

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Hartwell Lake Clean-Up Set for Next Month

Spring cleaning on and around Hartwell Lake kicks off with the Lake Hartwell Clean-up, Green-up environmental restoration effort next month. This year’s Hartwell Lake clean-up is set for April 15 through April 22. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Lake Hartwell Association, a non-profit organization that promotes cooperation, assistance and information exchange among those concerned with Hartwell Lake, facilitate […]

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Ivey Calls White House Visit “Humbling”

Toccoa resident Brittany Ivey said it was a honor to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House. Ivey was in Washington, D.C. Monday at the invitation of the White House, along with a group of Americans, to talk about their experiences with the Affordable Care Act. This started last month when Ivey was the guest of 9th District […]

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Tourism Team Tours Toccoa

Local tourism leaders say a visit from a group of state tourism officials last week went very well. On March 7 and 8, Main Street Toccoa, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, and the Stephens County Development Authority welcomed a Tourism Product Development Resource Team from the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The team consisted of tourism officials in Georgia […]

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Toccoa Commission Ratifies ABC Board Decision

The Toccoa City Commission ratifies action taken against a local restaurant by the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control board. Last month, the Toccoa Police Department responded to Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant on Big A Road for what Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse called an alcohol-related incident. On February 15, the Toccoa Alcohol Beverage Control board held an emergency meeting to take […]

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First Steps Program Finishes First Year

The Stephens County First Steps program completes its first year and officials say it was a success. This program, offered through Family Connections of Stephens County, uses a $10,000 grant to meet one on one with new moms to access what resources they may need. According to numbers provided by the program, 338 moms were assessed and steered toward helpful […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Approves Road Work

Stephens County Commissioners approve a road work list for the upcoming season. Tuesday, Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers presented a recommended list to the commission for its consideration. Ayers said that list was created by looking at how the county staff had rated all of the roads using its system in place, then presenting recommendations to the county’s Roads and […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Considers Building Permit Fee Waivers for Two Industries

Stephens County Commissioners provide relief on building permit fees to two local industries that are expanding. On Tuesday, the county commission considered building permit fee waivers for ASI Southeast and Nifco KTW for the expansions both of those companies are constructing. ASI Southeast is building a new 140,000 square foot manufacturing building and 12,000 square foot office addition, while Nifco […]

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