Basketball, Wrestling Action Today

The Stephens County Middle School basketball teams are back in action today after the holiday break. Stephens County hosts Franklin County later today in Middle School basketball play. Last time out on December 19, the the 7th grade girls’ game, Stephens County won 18-16 over Madison County and the Stephens County Middle School 8th grade boys lost to Madison County […]

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Dorsey Responds to Grand Jury Report

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said there were no surprises in his mind in the grand jury report released Tuesday regarding the financial problems that have plagued the Stephens County School System. Dorsey said everything that the grand jury said in its report is what he expected to hear. “I think it was exactly what we had been saying […]

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Pinkerton Responds to Grand Jury Report

Stephens County Board of Education Chair Dr. Elizabeth Pinkerton is also responding to the grand jury report. She echoed the thought that the report contained no surprises. “I guess it was mostly as was expected,” said Pinkerton. In its report Tuesday, the grand jury said it believes a combination of leadership missteps and external circumstances resulted in a loss of […]

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Cold Start This Morning in Stephens Co.

The Stephens County school system is starting as normal this morning. On its website, the school system says that schools will begin at the regularly scheduled times today. The school system does say that buses will stop to wait on students to get from their homes to the bus for pick-up. Meanwhile, Franklin County schools are also operating on a […]

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SCHS Wrestling Wins Two

The Stephens County High School wrestling teams pick up two more wins. Tuesday night, the Indians beat both Walhalla, South Carolina and White County in matches in Toccoa in dramatic fashion. Stephens County beat Walhalla 39-32 and White County 39-36 as both matches went down to the final bout. Against Walhalla, Stephens County led 36-32 when Jay Stowe won to […]

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Ag Dept. Offers Advice for Animals in Cold

With arctic air gripping the region, the Georgia Department of Agriculture is offering advice for making sure animals are taken care of in the cold. According to the Agriculture Department, small pets, especially younger and older ones, should be kept indoors. Officials say most heat loss occurs from ears, the respiratory tract and foot pads. Also, the Agriculture Department says […]

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Grand Jury Releases Report on School System Financial Woes

The Stephens County grand jury says it believes a combination of leadership missteps and external circumstances resulted in a loss of management control resulting in the financial problems now faced by the Stephens County school system. However, the grand jury also says it finds no evidence of fraudulent activity connected with the school system’s financial issues. The grand jury released […]

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Changes Made At Cannery in Cost Saving Effort

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said the school system has made some changes at the cannery in an effort to save money. Dorsey said that the school system has transferred the full-time employee to another position and is now operating the cannery with part-time employees in place that are supplemented with hours worked by the school system’s agriculture teachers. […]

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Get Ready for Arctic Blast

Stephens County and northeast Georgia are both getting ready for an arctic blast to move in today. State Climatologist Bill Murphey said a very strong arctic high pressure system is moving in and bringing with it, very cold temperatures beginning later today. “We are getting flow from the arctic coming straight down and it is going to dip into the […]

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Watch Pipes, Home Heating Devices During Cold

With an arctic blast on the way, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Georgians should remember that if their homes are damaged by extreme cold, they may get financial relief through their homeowners policies. Hudgens said that depending on the source of the property damage, someone may or may not be covered. He said there are a […]

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