Septembers Unemployment Numbers Drop

Unemployment rate drops in September in Stephens County! According to figures released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County's preliminary unemployment rate for September was 10.2 %. That is down four-tenths of a percent from the revised August rate of 10.6%. This September's preliminary rate is one-tenth of a percent higher than last September's revised rate of 10.1%.

NGTC Healthcare Addition

Local officials celebrate a future expansion at the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical College in Stephens County. Leaders from both Stephens and Franklin counties were on hand Tuesday at the Currahee Campus to celebrate the previously announced $3.2 million expansion. The expansion, which was included in the current state fiscal year budget, will build a new wing on to the Currahee Campus for expanded allied health program offerings.

Stephens County Breaks Ground on a New Animal Shelter

A new animal shelter for Toccoa and Stephens County takes a huge step forward. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new shelter was held Monday afternoon at the site of the new facility, next to the old Stephens County Jails on Scenic Drive. A Georgia Department of Correction inmate construction crew will build the facility.
About 750 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Infantry Regiment stayed in Toccoa overnight Tuesday through Wednesday. Wednesday morning, the soldiers ran Currahee Mountain. They also toured the Currahee Military Museum Tuesday afternoon and evening upon their arrival into Toccoa.

Chamber's Political Debate is Tuesday, October 18th at 6pm, Historic Courthouse

October 17, 2011

Chamber’s Political Debate is Tuesday, October 18th at 6pm, Historic Courthouse

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and WNEG AM 630 are sponsoring a political debate prior to the November 1st General Election this Tuesday October 18th at 6pm in the Historic Courthouse. Doors open at 5:30pm. Please plan to attend or tune in live on AM 630 WNEG to learn more about the candidates.

Georgia State Senate 50th District candidates are Rick Austin, John Wilkinson, David Strickland, Curtis Burger and Mary Beth Focer. The City Commissioner Post 1 candidates are incumbent Janice English and Terry Carter. The City Commissioner Post 4 candidates are Gail Fry, Wayne Perry and Bill Good who are all running for the seat currently held by Bob Troup, who is not running for re-election. All Stephens County voters are voting on the continuation of the county’s education SPLOST to pay for the new high school and other capital projects for school improvements.
The Community is invited to the upstairs Court Room in the Historic Stephens County Court House located in downtown Toccoa. Doors will open early at 5:30pm so the audience can submit questions for the candidates.

The Moderator is Lee Hicks, Chairman of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and a lawyer from Moore & Hicks Law Firm in Hartwell. Each candidate will introduce themselves and then take questions from both the moderator and the media representatives. Each candidate will also have the opportunity to ask his opponent an issue-oriented question. At the end of the program, each candidate will be given two minutes for a closing statement.

Early voting has started for elections in Toccoa and Stephens County. In addition to the early voting Monday through Friday, there will be early voting on Saturday, October 29 for both the city and county election from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., also at the Registrar’s Office. The Stephens County Registrar’s Office is located in the Stephens County Government Building in downtown Toccoa. Voters must remember a picture ID.For more information, call the Stephens County Registrar’s Office at 706-886-8954.

T-SPLOST Roundtable Meeting to be Held Today

The Georgia Mountains Regional Transportation Roundtable is expected to vote on the final T-SPLOST project list at a meeting today. That meeting is set for 5 p.m. at the Ruby Fulbright Aquatics Center in Clarkesville. If the roundtable approves the T-SPLOST list, voters in the Georgia Mountains region will vote next year on whether to approve a one-cent sales tax tofund the projects on the list.