Public Defender’s Office Defends FY 18 Requested Budget

During a public hearing at the Stephens County Commission meeting on Tuesday, several employees from the Public Defender’s Office spoke on behalf of their FY 18 requested budget. According to the requested budget, their office is asking for $260,171 for the 2018 fiscal year. Public Defender Drew Powell was the first to address the commission, saying that he received a […]

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Toccoa Police Dept. Introduces Two New K-9’s

Police Chief Tim Jarrell reports two new K-9’s are working at the police station. Both K-9’s were brought on about 6 months ago and are used as drug dogs. The first is a Pitbull mix named Tucker who was a rescue brought here from Texas. Tucker works with Officer Lance Brawner, who went to Texas so they could train together. […]

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County Commission Presents Requested FY 18 Budget

The Stephens County Commission presented the requested FY 18 budget at last night’s meeting. According to Finance Director, Pyhllis Ayers, the commission had a week-long work session last week to discuss the budget, however, they couldn’t come to an agreement on what should be included. Ayers explains the issues that the commission is facing with this budget. “We have a […]

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GBI Releases Data on Youth Suicides in 2017

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Fatality Review Unit has released data on youth suicides in 2017. So far, 18 children have committed suicide in Georgia, and 14 of those cases have happened in the last two months. According to the data, most of them have been committed with firearms and the second most used method is hanging. These suicides […]

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City Commission Holds Second FY 18 Budget Hearing

The Toccoa City Commission had their second hearing on the FY 18 budget at their meeting Monday. In February, the department heads started preparing the budget and submitted it to the finance director and City Manager Billy Morse. The finance director and Morse reviewed those budgets in March and prepared an FY 18 proposed budget for the commission to review. […]

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