Toccoa Named GEMS Community Once Again

The City of Toccoa is once again a GEMS Community. On Monday, Community Development Specialist Christian Hamilton announced Toccoa has been re-certified as a Georgia Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) community for 2017. Hamilton said that puts Toccoa among a select group of Georgia municipalities. “There are only 16 GEMS communities in the state of Georgia, and there were only eight […]

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Tragic ATV Accident Takes Life of Young Girl

A tragic accident outside a house in Tiger claimed the life of a Clayton girl Saturday afternoon. Emily Thompson, 6, was the passenger on an all-terrain vehicle driven by a 16-year-old boy, according to Trooper 1st Class Travis Sanders of Georgia State Patrol Post 7 in Toccoa. Sanders said Thompson was seated in front of the operator when the vehicle […]

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Streetscape Project Soon to be Underway

If you normally park in the lot between Alexander and Sage Streets in downtown Toccoa, you might have to find alternate parking for a time. That’s because work on Phase 6 of the city’s Streetscape Project is about to get underway. The work involves the alleyway next to WNEG Radio between Alexander and Sage Streets, as well as some of […]

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Stephens Co. Commission to Meet this Morning

The Stephens County Commission will hold its work session and regular meeting beginning at 8:30 this morning at the Stephens County Historical Courthouse. Included in the agenda is the first reading of the sign ordinance, first reading of the amended land use ordinance and a public hearing involving planning and zoning to include request approved by the Stephens County Planning […]

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Toccoa City Commission Meeting Today

The Toccoa City Commission’s regular meeting is today at 5 P.M. in the court room at Toccoa City Hall. This evening’s meeting agenda includes the monthly financial report, a public hearing concerning a zoning ordinance amendment to restrict ground floor residential use in the Historic District and a consideration of resolution for an ARC grant for upgrades at the Schaefer […]

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Lavonia City Council Approves Change in Street Name

A change in street name was approved in Monday’s Lavonia City Council Meeting. The street in question was a small portion of what was known as Linton Ave. in the Lavonia City Limits. During a public hearing on Monday, City Manager Charles Cawthon explained where the portion of the street is located. “Linton Ave currently terminates at Peachtree St, that […]

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Rabun Co. Woman Arrested for Drug Possession

On Wednesday, April 5, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, Clayton Police Department and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) arrested Vonda Sue Hughs, 52, after a search of her residence on Old Chechero Road, Clayton, Georgia.   Numerous complaints of Hughs selling illegal narcotics led to the two week investigation by Rabun County authorities.  Rabun County authorities found approximately […]

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Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Discourages Distracted Driving

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is warning drivers to abstain from texting and driving in honor of April being Distracted Driving Awareness month. Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, said that distracted driving is causing more accidents that lead to injury. “We’re seeing more and more crashes that are symptomatic of distracted driving,” said Blackwood. […]

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