Phillips Steps Aside as Franklin Co. Manager, Still County Engineer

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia John Phillips is stepping aside as Franklin County Manager and returning to his previous job as Franklin County Engineer and Interim Planning Director. After coming out of an executive session meeting Tuesday evening, Franklin County Commission Chair Thomas Bridges announced the reshuffling of county personnel. Bridges said the county commission decided that now is […]

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SCMS Softball Off to Undefeated Start

The Stephens County Middle School softball team has its season off to a 3-0 start. On August 14, the Lady Rebels beat Elbert County 11-1 in four innings in Elberton. Tyra Hunter, Abby Mitchell, Emma Whitfield, Aly Singletary, Ashton Ayers, Kayley Sellers, and Kasey Westmoreland all had hits helping to bring home runs against Elbert County. Then, SCMS came back […]

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Stephens Co. Schools Working on System Level Accreditation

The Stephens County School System is continuing to work on system-level accreditation. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said the school system is currently working through the process to try to achieve system-level accreditation through AdvancED, which is the parent agency of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS. “For the first time, we are seeking system accreditation, […]

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Stephens County to Purchase New Aerial Photography

Stephens County Commissioners sign up to have an aerial flyover done of the county. Tuesday, county commissioners voted unanimously to sign a letter of intent to purchase digital products through the 2015 Georgia Mountains Regional Aerial Photography Project. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said the state is requiring the county to have its aerial flyover photography updated for the Tax […]

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Resident Calls for City-County Consolidation Discussion To Help Alleviate Tax Burden

A Stephens County resident has asked county commissioners to consider again city-county consolidation in light of budget difficulties. Roger Herrick spoke to county commissioners Tuesday during the public comment portion of their meeting. Herrick said he is concerned about the shrinking the tax base and rising taxes in Stephens County and feels that consolidating the county and city governments could […]

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Toccoa Continues Gas System Expansion Efforts

The city of Toccoa continues efforts to expand its natural gas system to reach poultry houses interested in hooking onto natural gas. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously voted to formally approve a priority list put together by the Utilities Department for expanding the city’s natural gas system. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said the goal is to expand it to […]

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SCHS Cross Country Kicks Off Season

The Stephens County High School cross country season is underway. Stephens County’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams traveled to Athens Christian this past Saturday for the Northeast Georgia Championships. Stephens County’s boys finished 14th as a team out of 31 full teams that participated. Tristen Powell was the high finisher for the Indian boys, taking 31st place out of […]

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NGTC Names New Position

A new position is starting up at North Georgia Technical College. Kallan Williams has accepted the position of Director of Retention and Student Navigation Services at North Georgia Technical College. Beginning this Academic Year, the Technical College System of Georgia created this position, and each of the colleges in the system will have a Student Navigator. In his new role, […]

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