Chamber to Host After Hours at The TreeHouse Today

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Chamber After Hours at the TreeHouse today. The TreeHouse at the Learning Tree Academy is an indoor play space and it opened at the beginning of June. The Chamber after hours is a networking event that will be at the outdoor area just outside of the Treehouse around the campfire, weather […]

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Stephens Co. Sheriff’s Investigators Make Drug Arrests

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley reports several recent drug arrests. On July 13th, investigators served a search warrant at 147 Old Jarrett’s Mill Rd in Toccoa. According to Sheriff Shirley, investigators had been watching the residence based on information received that illegal drugs, specifically marijuana, were being sold at the residence. “Investigators gathered enough intelligence and other evidence that enabled […]

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Mad Cow Disease Found in Alabama- GA in the Clear

MJ Kneiser A case of mad cow disease has been found in a cow in Alabama. U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists confirmed Tuesday that an 11-year-old cow found in an Alabama livestock market suffered from the neurologic cattle disease, formally called bovine spongiform encephalopathy. In Georgia there are almost 18,000 producers of beef cattle including here in Stephens and surrounding […]

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BOE Approves Strategic Plan

At their meeting Tuesday, the Board of Education approved an updated strategic plan that will go into effect this school year. During their work session last week, Deputy Superintendent Terri Powers discussed the updated plan, saying that it includes a new mission statement, vision and goals. According to Powers, the plan was created with input from stakeholders in the community, […]

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Programs Work to Maintain Operation After Budget Cuts

Many county programs are working to find ways to continue operating after receiving budget cuts from the county commission. These cuts have forced several programs to cut back on many of the materials and services they offer. Library Manager Emily McConnell said the library’s budget was cut by $20,000 dollars. This cut resulted in library employees not receiving a raise […]

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Accident Yesterday Results in Three Injured

More details out on the accident yesterday that resulted in three injured. It happened mid-morning when a van pulled out in front of an 18-wheeler at the Jeanette Jameison intersection. According to Sheriff Shirley, the van was turning left toward Currahee Mountain in the south bound lane and the semi was headed northbound on the bypass. Two individuals in the […]

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Royston Celebrates Restaurant Week

MJ Kneiser This is Georgia Restaurant Week and one local community is marking the occasion by opening its restaurants to the public Thursday evening. Sponsored by the Georgia Restaurant Association, Georgia Restaurant week aims to highlight the various dining options that are available to consumers throughout the State. This week will allow patrons, both local and from out of state, to explore […]

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ActiveKidz Therapy Holds Water Week

Monday kicked off water week at ActiveKidz Therapy in Toccoa. One of the occupational therapists, Katie McFarlin said this is a way to give the kids a break from their normal therapy routines. “This week is water week, we’re pretty much just letting the kids have fun,” said McFarlin. “We have a slip-n-slide, sand, a dunking booth, water balloons, water […]

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