Stephens BOE Hears Second Solar Panel Request

The Stephens County Board of Education turns down another request involving the placement of solar panels at Stephens County High School. Last month, the school board 4 to 3 to not allow the installation of solar panels on the roof at Stephens County High School. A company called United Renewable Energy of Alpharetta had made the request of the school […]

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Center for Natural Health and Optimal Wellness Opens

A local doctor opens a new practice in Toccoa. The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday to celebrate the opening of the Center for Natural Health and Optimal Wellness. Dr. Paul Dabney operates the center. He said he practices integrative medicine with his patients. “What I do is actually try to educate the patient, educate […]

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Toccoa Clinic Receives Recognition for Electronic Medical Records

Toccoa Clinic recently earned an exceptional commendation from the Georgia Department of Community Health’s “Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program” for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care. The program is limited to eligible Medicaid health professionals for six years of participation in adopting, implementing, upgrading or demonstrating meaningful use of certified electronic health records technology. Specifically, the […]

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Stephens Co. School System is State’s 30th Charter System

The Stephens County School System will become Georgia’s 30th Charter School System. In a statement released Thursday, Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle congratulated the Stephens County School System on its successful charter school system application to the state. Stephens County School System officials made their presentation recently to the State Board of Education seeking charter system approval. School Superintendent Bryan […]

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Franklin Co. Poultry Farmer Killed in Apparent Farming Accident

A Franklin County poultry farmer is dead after an apparent farming accident. The Franklin County Citizen-Leader reported Thursday that 47-year-old Andrew Lalumia of North Canal Bridge Road in Eastanollee died of injuries apparently sustained in an accident with a hay baler on Tuesday. North Canal Bridge Road is located just over the Stephens-Franklin County line in Franklin County, off of […]

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Cause of Clarkesville Fire Ruled Undetermined

State fire investigators rule the cause of the downtown Clarkesville fire back in March to be undetermined. Investigators released the final report into the March 5 blaze on Thursday. Clarkesville Fire Chief Jerry Palmer said he thanks the State Fire Marshal’s Office, especially Investigator Brian Smith, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, for their thorough and detailed investigation. […]

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Man Says Dogs Wrongfully Adopted Out By Shelter

A man whose friends took his dogs to the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter while he was out of town wants them back after they have been adopted to new homes. Thomas Powell spoke before Stephens County Commissioners and the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter board on Tuesday. Powell says he recently was arrested for driving without a suspended license and spent […]

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