Corps Reverses Course on Irrigation Ban

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9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reversing course on a controversial policy change. Collins announced Wednesday that he has been told that the Corps would suspend implementation of a previous policy decision that would have prohibited property owners from withdrawing water from Lake Hartwell for irrigation. According to Collins, the Corps will […]

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Former Teacher Faces Charges, Says Sheriff’s Office

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A former Stephens County school system employee faces charges of Incest and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that 50-year-old Robert Anthony Daniel was arrested last Wednesday, January 13 on the charges. Daniel is the former girls’ basketball coach at Stephens County High School and a former teacher at Stephens County Middle School. He resigned […]

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Reported Weekend Chase Remains Under Investigation

Authorities said they are still seeking a suspect involved in a chase last weekend in Stephens County. The chase reportedly involved the Georgia State Patrol, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, and the Toccoa Police Department. According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, it started at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night and lasted for about six minutes. […]

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BOE Discusses Current Vacancy

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The Stephens County Board of Education will hold off for now on moving forward with filling the board seat left vacant by the resignation of Dr. Elizabeth Pinkerton. Pinkerton resigned earlier this month and board members discussed how to move forward at their meeting on Tuesday. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said that policies and statutes in place call […]

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New Hospital Administrator Settling In

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The new administrator at Stephens County Hospital continues to settle in to her role. Lynne Anderson took over in full for Ed Gambrell on January 1 following Gambrell’s retirement. In the months prior to Gambrell’s retirement, Anderson worked at the hospital with Gambrell during a transition period. She said she is getting comfortable now in the administrator position, in part […]

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Stephens Co. Schools Need Mentors

With the start of a new calendar year, the call is again going out for mentors in the Stephens County school system. January marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month and Family Connection of Stephens County is participating in a campaign to expand mentoring opportunities. Nancy Ekback is the Mentor Coordinator for Stephens County and Family Connection. She said that […]

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Stephens Co. Marks MLK Day

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Stephens County marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Black Christian Men Association of Toccoa and Stephens County again organized the annual interfaith service and march Monday. Following the interfaith service at Trinity C.M.E. Church, marchers walked to Toccoa City Hall where this year’s essay contest winner, Michael Earle-Lyles, a member of Trinity C.M.E. Church, read his winning essay. Earle-Lyles […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Receives FY 2015 Audit

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Good news comes in on the audit report for Stephens County Hospital. The Hospital Authority presented the Fiscal Year 2015 audit report it received at Monday’s meeting. According to the Hospital Authority, auditors Dixon, Hughes, and Goodman gave the hospital a clean audit opinion again for the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2015. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Lynne […]

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