District Attorney Seeking Death Penalty for Prison Escapees

The District Attorney prosecuting the case against two escaped inmates said he will seek the death penalty for both suspects. Ricky Dubose, who is from Comer in Madison County, and Donnie Russell Rowe had a court appearance Wednesday morning in Putnam County Superior Court. Stephen Bradley is the District Attorney for the eight-county Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. Bradley told the Judge […]

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Smith Receives FCP College Scholarship

The Franklin Community Players announce that Ethan Smith of Eastanollee is one of two recipients of the $500 FCP 2017 college scholarship. Smith is a senior at Franklin County High School and has had dual enrollment in Franklin County and Emmanuel College during the last school year. He has performed in nine productions for the Franklin County High School Spotlight […]

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Chamber of Commerce Holds Board Planning Retreat

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held their 2017-2018 Chamber Board Retreat yesterday at Ping’s Grill. According to Chamber President Julie Paysen, the board of directors gathers each year for this retreat to plan for the next year and reflect on the last one. “To just look forward, to reflect on what we’ve done in the past year, what has […]

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Mainstreet Toccoa Awarded Rural Business Development Grant

Main Street Toccoa was recently awarded a $50,000 Rural Business Development Grant by the USDA for infrastructure upgrades at the Historic Ritz Theatre. Community Development Specialist Christian Hamilton said this grant is generally used to fund rural economic development projects. “What we’re going to be using this grant for is to complete the balcony at the Historic Ritz Theatre as […]

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City Commission Adopts Comprehensive Plan

The City Commission approves the adoption of an updated comprehensive plan at last night’s meeting. The Toccoa Planning Commission worked on updating the plan last month with help from a Northeast Georgia Regional Commission group and the public’s opinion via a survey that was published. Commissioner Gail Fry said this plan is a requirement and provides guidance for every day […]

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Habersham Couple Arrested for Drug Trafficking Ring

MJ Kneiser A Habersham County couple is behind bars, charged with being part of a methamphetamine drug trafficking ring. Mitchell Posey with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office told WNEG News the ring operated in both Habersham County and Gwinnett County. 36-year-old Jennifer Bone of Demorest and 34-year-old Ronald Jones of Cornelia were arrested June 15 after a lengthy surveillance […]

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Murder Trials Pushed to Later Date

MJ Kneiser No trial dates set yet for the suspects in two prominent Stephens County murder cases. In Stephens County Superior Court yesterday, attorneys for Marqkeela Lawain Hill and William Demetrius McElveen, asked for a continuance on both those murder cases, according to Mountain Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Rick Bridgeman. Hill and McElveen were charged in the February 2016 […]

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