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Wilbros Responds to Federal Civil Suit

August 29, 2013

Wilbros and associated defendants have now responded to a federal civil suit filed against them by about 100 local residents. The defendants in the case filed that response Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Gainesville. In the response, the defendants denied the claims of violations of the federal Air Quality and Emissions Limitations Act,...

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Carl Vinson Institute to Review Draft Land Use Plan for Stephens Co.

August 29, 2013

Stephens County will use the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia to review a draft of a proposed land use plan document. County commissioners unanimously approved that move Tuesday. The Land Use Regulation Committee recommended to the commission that its current draft proposed land use plan be sent for review...

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Stephens Co. Hospital Has $111 Million Impact on Local and State Economy

August 29, 2013

A report from the Georgia Hospital Association measures Stephens County Hospital’s impact on the local and state economy at over $100 million in 2011. The report released recently stated that the hospital had direct expenditures of nearly $49 million in 2011. According to the report, when that figure is combined with a multiplier taking...

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Alleged Burglary Leads to Two Arrests

August 29, 2013

Authorities said Wednesday two people face charges after an alleged burglary leads to their arrest. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said 30-year-old Joshua Edward Foster of Toccoa and 19-year-old Mariah Burnette of Canon were arrested on August 15 in connection to the alleged theft of $500 worth of surveillance camera and related equipment. Foster...

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Rickman Concerned About Changes to State Juvenile Code

August 28, 2013

Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman is warning his counties about changes in state law coming next year that could increase local costs for juvenile court. Rickman spoke to Stephens County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday about changes to the state juvenile code that will take effect on January 1, 2014. According to...

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Qualifying for Municipal Elections Continues Today

August 28, 2013

Qualifying for municipal elections moves into its third day today. In Toccoa, two candidates have qualified for the city commission seats open this November. Former State Representative Jeanette Jamieson qualified Tuesday for Post 3 on the city commission.  Previously, City Planning Commission Member Evan Hellenga had qualified for Post 5 on the city commission...

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YMCA Fundraising Concert Coming Up in September

August 28, 2013

A concert coming up next month will look to raise money for the Toccoa-Stephens County YMCA. The concert will take place in the Garrison Auditorium at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa on Saturday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. David LaMotte will perform at the concert. Toccoa-Stephens County YMCA CEO Robin Dake said...

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Toccoa Gas Fund Off to Good Start in FY 2014, Says Finance Director

August 28, 2013

Toccoa Finance Director Cathy Loudermilk said the city’s natural gas fund is off to a good start in Fiscal Year 2014. Loudermilk delivered the July financial report at Monday’s meeting. July is the first month of the fiscal year for the city. According to Loudermilk, the city ended July with more than $435,000 in...

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Stephens Co. Unemployment Rises In July

August 28, 2013

Unemployment figures from the Department of Labor show an increase in the unemployment rate last month in Stephens County. According to figures released last week, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 9 percent in July. That marks a two-tenth of a percentage point increase from the revised June rate of 8.8 percent....

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SCHS Softball Beats Chestatee

August 28, 2013

The Stephens County High School softball team is now 2-0 in the region after beating Chestatee High School Tuesday 12-2. The Lady Indians had nine hits as a team. They were led by Carlan Howard, Brynn Roberts, and Lexie Cash, who combined for seven of the nine hits. Stephens County softball is now 5-1...

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