Leap for Literacy/ WNEG Radio

A handful of area residents take the plunge to benefit a local reading initiative.

Saturday, the skies cleared after a wintry week and a handful of teams made the jump in the annual “Leap for Literacy” at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa.

The “Leap for Literacy” is organized each year by Family Connections of Stephens County.

That organization’s board chair, Tammy Riddle, said it is a fun event every time.

“I would love to see a bigger crowd, so maybe it will be so much fun this year, the crowd will be doubled next year,” said Riddle. “It is a good fundraiser.”


Camp Mikel


Schools Set Make Up Days

Thursday, the Board voted unanimously to make up the four days of school lost this week on March 16, March 17, April 1, and April 2. - See more at: http://wnegradio.com/stephens-co-schools-set-make-up-days/#sthash.mkIP5dNK.dpuf

Willard Kimsey...a leader like no other

Mr. Willard Kimsey

Mr. Willard Kimsey, age 92, of Toccoa, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Pruitt Health Care of Toccoa.

Born July 17, 1922 in Madison County, GA, he was a son of the late Boyd and Pearl Carithers Kimsey. He attended Madison County schools and was a United States Army WWII Veteran. Mr. Kimsey was a member of the First Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and was elected as Churchman of the Year in 1991.

Willard and Marian came to Toccoa where he had accepted a job with the LeTourneau Company and later went into banking. He retired as President and Director of The Citizens Bank of Toccoa with thirty-two years of service. Willard was very active in the First Baptist Church and served in many capacities of leadership and service. He also served as Treasurer of the church and was instrumental in changing the records system of the church to a computer system. He was active in the Lions Club, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, the Hospital Authority and the Chamber of Commerce. Willard enjoyed serving with the Stephens County Soil Conservation Service and the Willard Kimsey Environmental Education Building, "The Straw House" was named in his honor.

Family members include his wife of 71 years, Marian Gunnells Kimsey; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from the First Baptist Church with Dr. Henry Fields and the Rev. David Ritcey officiating.

Entombment will follow at Stephens Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

The body will be placed in the church at one o'clock Tuesday to lie in state until the funeral. Visitation will be Monday from two until five at Whitlock Mortuary.

The family respectfully request that flowers be omitted and memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Toccoa.

Whitlock Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.


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