Hospital Adding Surgical Practice

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Stephens County Hospital is adding two general surgeons to its staff. Monday, the Hospital Authority unanimously approved spending $450,000 to purchase an office building on Falls Road that used to house Dr. James Fordyce’s office. Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said the space is needed for the two surgeons that will be arriving in Toccoa sometime around the end of November […]

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Toys for Tots Campaign Starting

The annual Toys for Tots campaign is gearing up in Stephens and surrounding counties. “Toys for Tots” is a program of the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve that collects and distributes toys to children and families in need each holiday season. Don Alexander is the Toys for Tots Coordinator for Stephens, Franklin, Hart, and Elbert counties. He said they […]

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Hospital Authority Elects Officers


The Stephens County Hospital Authority approves its officers for the next 12 months. Monday, the Hospital Authority voted unanimously to keep the same slate of officers for the year ahead as it has had for the past year. That means Mark Wilkinson will again serve as Chairman of the Hospital Authority, while Dr. Robert Slate will serve as the Authority’s […]

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Stephens Co. BOE To Meet Tonight

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The Stephens County Board of Education will meet later today for a regularly scheduled meeting. During today’s meeting, the school board may consider adding more days back into the 2015-2016 school calendar in the second semester. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said he feels comfortable recommending that pending some final numbers on state funding that he was finalizing last […]

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Fire At Clayton Business Under Investigation

By Taylor Jones, WRBN Radio, Clayton The investigation is ongoing into what caused a fire at a Clayton business on Monday morning. Multiple units reported to a fire at Mama G’s Italian Restaurant on U.S. Highway 441 in Clayton Monday morning. Rabun County Chief of Fire Daniel Johnson says that the fire was first reported at 7:52 a.m. On Monday […]

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Habersham Co. Has New GED Location

Residents of Habersham County now have another place to earn their GED and prepare for college or the workforce. North Georgia Technical College has teamed up with Goodwill to offer afternoon GED Preparation classes at the new state of the art Goodwill Career Center in Cornelia. Students will have the opportunity to go to class Monday through Thursday from 12:00 […]

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Local Church Gets Grant

A Toccoa church receives a grant to assist in a sabbatical for its pastor. St. Matthias Episcopal Church has received a grant of $45,600 to enable its minister, the Very Rev. Mary R.H. Demmler, to participate in the 2015 National Clergy Renewal Program. The Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds the grant and it is administered by the Christian Theological Seminary in […]

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Vandiver Wins Margaret Ayers Award

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The Toccoa Clinic and the Northeast Georgia Medical Associates chooses former First Lady of Georgia Betty Vandiver as their 2015 recipient of the Margaret Ayers Award for Civic Health. The Margaret Ayers Award for Civic Health is in its 12th year and is named for Margaret Ayers, longtime civic activist, former first lady of Lavonia, and career banker. The award […]

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