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Toccoa Creating Crew To Work On Expanding Gas Lines

August 15, 2014

Toccoa will create a crew dedicated to expanding the city’s natural gas system. Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved a resolution authorizing City Manager Billy Morse to create what the city is calling a “system expansion crew.” Morse said the city is not spending extra money to create the crew, but using already budgeted funds....

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Toccoa, Stephens Co. Look at Building Permit Fees

August 14, 2014

Commissioners for the city of Toccoa and Stephens County are both looking at their building permit fees in an effort to lower them. The two boards both discussed the topic at meetings this week. City commissioners talked about their fees at a work session on Monday. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said the issue...

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County Having Trouble Getting Asphalt For Minor Road Repairs

August 14, 2014

Stephens County officials say they are doing everything they can to get to road repairs as quickly as they can. During Tuesday’s meeting, Mark Arrowood spoke before county commissioners and asked when the county would be able to work on his road, Bowers Private Drive. The county accepted the road into its maintenance system...

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Opportunity Zone Designation Denied for Hayestone-Brady

August 14, 2014

State officials will not grant the Hayestone-Brady Business Park in Stephens County a designation that would make it eligible for additional state tax credits. The Stephens County Development Authority received word recently that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs denied the Development Authority’s application to make Hayestone-Brady Business Park an Opportunity Zone. Stephens County...

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SCDA Approves Solar Panel Agreements

August 14, 2014

The Stephens County Development Authority continues work to finalize an expansion of the solar panel farm project already on Development Authority property in Eastanollee. On Tuesday, the Development Authority board voted unanimously to authorize the Chairman to sign a lease agreement for the solar panel project for 7.35 acres at a cost of $6,000...

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Hart Sinkhole Repair Date Pushed Back

August 14, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Work to repair the giant sinkhole in Hart County is going to take a lot longer than expected. On Monday, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced the completion date has been pushed back from August 24 to October 13. The sinkhole on State Route 51/Reed Creek Highway just...

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Reminder: Traffic Shift On Part of SR 17 Today

August 14, 2014

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans a traffic shift today along Highway 17 in Stephens County. Weather permitting, crews will shift traffic from Scott Road all the way to south of the Eastanollee Bypass to allow room for culvert construction. Georgia DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said the traffic shift will essentially move traffic one...

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876th Heads Overseas

August 14, 2014

The Toccoa-based 876th Engineer Company is overseas. Defense Department officials report that the 876th departed last month from Fort Bliss to head to Afghanistan. The unit left Toccoa in May for Fort Bliss to prepare for Afghanistan. It is headed to Afghanistan for a nine-month overseas deployment. About 150 soldiers headed overseas with the...

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Former Superintendent Responds to FY 2013 School System Audit

August 13, 2014

Former Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten speaks on the school system’s Fiscal Year 2013 audit. State auditors released the report last week and cited numerous things they identified as problems. Whiten, who was superintendent during Fiscal Year 2013, said she was not surprised to see some audit findings. “The audit results were not...

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Stephens Co. Awards Emergency Communications Equipment Bids

August 13, 2014

Stephens County will purchase more than a million dollars of new equipment to upgrade the county’s emergency communications at the E-911 facility. Tuesday, county commissioners voted 3 to 2 to purchase a recorder, phone system, radio console, and infrastructure upgrade for emergency communications. On the recorder, Stephens County Commissioners went with the bid for...

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