HCDC employee charged with smuggling drugs into detention center

An employee at the Habersham County Detention Center has been charged with smuggling illegal narcotics into the detention center for two inmates. The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office said in a press statement that investigators received information on Tuesday, Oct. 17, about the alleged drug smuggling. Officials asked the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) to investigate the matter. The ARDEO investigation determined […]

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Irma caused Georgia’s job numbers to fall

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said yesterday that Hurricane Irma caused Georgia’s job numbers to fall and unemployment claims to rise in September. Butler noted that the state lost about 500 jobs for the month. Similarly, Georgia also saw nearly 25,000 unemployment claims filed in September. That was a modest increase from the prior month and from September 2016. A […]

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Habersham County Hospital Authority appoints new CEO

The Hospital Authority of Habersham County has named a more permanent interim chief executive officer. Lynn Ingram Boggs succeeds Jerry Wise, who served as CEO from April 2013 to October 2017.; and Barbara Duncan, the hospital’s chief financial officer, who temporarily was named acting CEO until a more permanent interim CEO could be identified. Hospital authority members say they believe […]

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Grand Jury Selection Challenged in Murder Case

Another delay in the murder trial of two men accused in the shooting death of Toccoa man. The attorneys for Marqkeela Lawain Hill and William Demetrius McElveen are challenging their indictments. Hill and McElveen are charged in the February 2016 murder of 21-year-old Tomas Colbert of Toccoa. Both were indicted in January by a Stephens County Grand Jury on charges […]

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Man Pleads Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

An elderly Toccoa man, charged with a 2016 murder, pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter. 74-year old Gary Lamar Patrick pled guilty Tuesday in Stephens County Superior Court to one count of involuntary manslaughter in the February 2016 shooting death of 41-year old Robert Gary Hiott who was using the alias Richard Gary Bump. According to Mountain Judicial Circuit Assistant District […]

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Toys for Tots Underway

It’s hard to believe but it is once again time to start thinking about Christmas and Christmas giving. And this year’s Toys for Tots campaign is already underway in Stephens, Franklin and Hart Counties, but there is something new for parents wanting to put in a request for toys for their children. Local Toys for Tots administrator Don Alexander says […]

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Addison named County Marshal

­­Tony Addison was recently named Marshal for Stephens County. In this role, Addison will serve the community through enforcing various County codes and ordinances, along with assisting Magistrate Court as a bailiff, and supervising dispossessions issued by the Magistrate. Phyllis Ayers, county administrator, told WNEG News about Addison being named as Marshal. Ayers will be responsible for patrolling county areas […]

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Hospital Authority fills committee seats

During the recent Stephens County Hospital Authority meeting, there were two appointments made for committee seats including Secretary/Treasurer and Member At Large. Stan Roberts, who have served as Secretary/Treasurer in the past, will continue to fill this seat. Paula Dickerson, who also served in this capacity before, will continue to fill the Member At Large seat. Currently the committee is […]

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