Outdoor Music Series Kicks Off Saturday in Toccoa

The 2nd annual “Ida Cox Music Series” will begin this Saturday night in downtown Toccoa.  Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said that they are looking forward to a successful summer of outdoor music.  “One of our goals in having this series is that it will to help to promote music in our community,” said Crosby. “Music has been an important part of the history of Toccoa and we want to enjoy it now and encourage young people in the area of music, give local groups a platform, but also introduce regional music as well.”  Crosby said that the free outdoor concerts will run every Saturday night in June and July on Doyle Street between Sage and Pond streets from 7 to 10 p.m. “It is very diverse this year,” said Crosby. “We want to represent several different genres of music.”  Those genres include big band, bluegrass, rock, alternative folk, and more.  

Wilkinson Gets A+ From Georgia Chamber

Wilkinson (R-Toccoa)
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce awarded Senator John Wilkinson with the highest rank possible on the Chamber’s legislative scorecard.  According to the Georgia Chamber in a press release, the A+ ranking Wilkinson received recognizes legislators who have strongly supported business initiatives throughout the 2013 legislative session.  The Georgia Chamber issues a scorecard for each legislator within the General Assembly.  Georgia Chamber President Chris Clark said that the bipartisan effort here in Georgia to promote business is reflected in the scorecards of legislators, regardless of party.  Senator Wilkinson said that he is honored by the recognition from the Chamber and hopes that the relationship between the Chamber and legislature can continue as both work together to foster growth in the state of Georgia.

Stephens County Unemployment Drops Below 8 Percent

Stephens County’s unemployment rate drops below 8 percent for the first time in more than four years.  According to figures released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 7.7 percent in April which is down three-tenths of a percentage point from the revised March rate of 8 percent.  The 7.7 percent figure is the lowest that Stephens County’s unemployment rate has been since December 2008.

Tugaloo Corridor River History Tour held Saturday

The 6th Annual Tugaloo Corridor River History Tour was held Saturday and sponsored by the Stephens County Foundation.  Nearly 100 participants had a great time kayaking down the Tugaloo Corridor which is the only remaining unimpounded/untamed portion of the Tugaloo River.  The corridor extends from Panther Creek and the Yonah Dam area south to Broken Bridges at Hwy 123.  The purpose of the Stephens County Foundation for the Tugaloo Corridor is preservation, education and recreation.