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Kayak/Canoe launch completed

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Stephens County commissioner Michelle Ivester on Tuesday praised the work on installation of a kayak/canoe launch dock with concrete steps and railing at Yonah Dam Park. During Tuesday’s county commission meeting, Ivester said that a grant from Georgia Power of $10,000 made the dock possible. Georgia Power Company’s Land Department and the Citizens of Georgia Power – Clayton/Cornelia chapter recently partnered with the Stephens County Foundation and the commissioners to add the kayak/canoe access ramp at Panther Creek at Yonah Dam Park. The new dock is part of the Tugaloo River Water Trail, a 10-mile stretch of the river from

Body found in house fire

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Toccoa police officers were on their way to assist with a property retrieval last week that changed to a fire response. Police chief Jimmy Mize said that on Thursday, Aug. 8, officers were responded to a residence on East Currahee Street. "While they were en route, the subject

Crump represents U.S. in France

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Kaylynn Crump of Martin, a sophomore at Franklin County High School and daughter of Chad and Kristy Crump, recently returned from representing the United States at the International Cup in France. The cup is a worldwide competition and Crump was part of the United States Twirling Association’s Twirl Forte baton twirling team. The competition was held Aug. 2-5, in Limoges, France. Crump is a member of the Franklin County High School majorettes. Along with her teammates, Crump qualified for

Schools hall of fame seeking nominations

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The Toccoa-Stephens County Schools Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for the Class of 2019. The hall was established to recognize outstanding graduates and former educators of the Toccoa and Stephens County school systems.

County voters to decide fate of new SPLOST Nov. 5.

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Early voting for Stephens County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will begin in mid-October, according to elections superintendent Eureka Gober. County and city municipalities recently agreed to splitting the proceeds from the 1 percent sales tax should voters choose to continue allowing the collections after the current one ends on June 30, 2020.

Wilkinson appointed study commission chair

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State Sen. John Wilkinson (R – Toccoa) was recently appointed by Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan to chair the Senate Study Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Landscape Workforce Access. “I am honored and excited to chair this study committee and look forward to reviewing the various barriers and regulations that have an effect on workforce development in this industry,” said Sen. Wilkinson.