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Toccoa, Stephens Co. Settle SPLOST Split

June 19, 2013

Stephens County and Toccoa City Commissioners reach an agreement on splitting revenues if voters approve SPLOST VI later this year. After meeting for more than an hour on Tuesday, the two sides met in the middle and agreed that if SPLOST VI is voted in, Stephens County will receive roughly 70 percent of the...

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Stephens Co. BOE Approves FY 2014 Budget

June 19, 2013

The Stephens County Board of Education puts its final stamp of approval on its Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The school board unanimously approved the final budget at its meeting Tuesday. The nearly $32 million budget shows no change from the tentative budget approved last month. Next year’s budget is slightly smaller than the current...

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Toccoa Approves Sign Ordinance Amendments

June 19, 2013

The city of Toccoa amends its sign ordinance. Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved amendments to the sign ordinance following a second reading and public hearing. According to Toccoa Planning Director Connie Tabor, the major change in the sign ordinance is to allow electronic message board signage on Big A Road and parts of Currahee...

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Local Orthodontist Celebrates New Location

June 19, 2013
Local Orthodontist Celebrates New Location

A local orthodontist celebrates his new location. Tuesday, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Dr. Benny Erwin’s new office location. Dr. Erwin moved into the new building recently. He said they now have plenty of room and updated equipment to provide orthodontic and other services to area residents. “We...

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SCDA Seeks Enterprise Zone Status for Hayestone-Brady

June 19, 2013

The Stephens County Development Authority is pursuing a special status for the Hayestone-Brady Business Park in order to try to make it more attractive to potential industries. Last week, Stephens County Commissioners approved the Development Authority’s application to the state to make the business park on Highway 17 and an adjacent property an enterprise...

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GBI Investigating Suspicious Package Found in Rabun Co.

June 19, 2013

By Craig Salmon, WRBN Radio, Clayton The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is helping to investigate a suspicious package found last week in Rabun County. Rabun County Sheriff Frank Andrews said that between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Friday, Chief Deputy John Crane and Rabun County Sheriff’s Office explosive detection K-9 Pinda responded to a location...

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Toccoa Tables Yard Sale Ordinance for More Discussion

June 18, 2013

The Toccoa City Commission will take more time to look over a proposed yard sale ordinance. City commissioners discussed the yard sale ordinance Monday at their meeting. The proposed ordinance would limit a city resident to four yard sales in a calendar year and would require a city resident to obtain a free permit...

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Rep. Collins Speaks on Syria, NSA, Other Topics

June 18, 2013
Rep. Collins Speaks on Syria, NSA, Other Topics

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins says the United States needs to lead when it comes to taking action in Syria. He spoke on that and a number of other issues in an interview Friday. Recently, the White House said it had information that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its own...

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One Charged in Madison Co. Wreck That Killed Toccoa Man

June 18, 2013

A Nicholson, Georgia man will face a charge of first-degree vehicular homicide and related charges in an accident that killed a Toccoa man in Madison County last week. Roy O’Barr, 25, of Toccoa was killed in the two-car accident Friday morning on Friendship Church Road near Danielsville. According to a Georgia State Patrol spokesperson,...

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SPLOST VI Meeting Set for Today

June 18, 2013

SPLOST VI discussions between Stephens County and the county’s municipalities will continue at a meeting this morning. All sides are set to meet for another joint SPLOST VI meeting at 9 a.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. County government officials, along with officials from Toccoa,...

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