Unemployment Rate in June Down from May

The Georgia Department of Labor released unemployment rates for June and it has decreased to 4.8 percent. This is the fifth consecutive month that the rate has decreased. This is down one-tenth of a percentage point from 4.9 percent in May. The last time the state recorded a jobless rate as low as 4.8 percent was in September 2007. There […]

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Rec Department Joins New Soccer League

Stephens County Recreation Department is partnering with North Georgia Rapids, a premier soccer club. The rec department has had a soccer program for four years, but according to Executive Director Richard Adams, this league will improve the program. “They’ll furnish the experienced coaches,” said Adams. “All we’ll be doing is furnishing the fields, they’ll be doing the scheduling. The smaller […]

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Final Showing of Movies at the Ritz Next Week

Main Street Toccoa’s Summer Movies at the Ritz series is ending after next week’s showing of “Moana.” The series began back in June and ran every Thursday through June and July. Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton said that this has been another successful year of the Summer Movie series. At the Downtown Development Authority’s meeting last week, there had been […]

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School Orientation Days Coming Up

Back to school days are approaching with Stephens County students starting Thursday, August 3. Orientation days are August 1 and 2 and differ depending on school. Big A Elementary orientation is August 1 from 12:30-5:30; Liberty Elementary, August 2 from 12:30-5:30 and Toccoa Elementary, August 1 from 1-6 p.m. Stephens County 5th Grade Academy and Middle School orientation days are August 1 and 2. […]

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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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