School System Discusses FY 2014, 2015 Audit Status

The Stephens County school system is still considering whether to bring in an outside firm to get caught up with its audits quicker. Tuesday, the Board of Education discussed the status of its Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 audits. Last month, the school board instructed Superintendent Bryan Dorsey to find out what other school systems similar to Stephens […]

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E.O. Foundation, School System Still Debating Lease

The Stephens County school system is still at the negotiating table with the Evan Oglesby Foundation regarding a proposed lease agreement for property around Toccoa Elementary School. Last July, the Stephens County Board of Education approved a 30-year lease agreement for the old Toccoa High School gym on Pond Street and surrounding fields, including Boyd Field at the cost of […]

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Corps Reverses Course on Irrigation Ban

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

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

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

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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