Bridge Beams Going Up On New SR 17 Bridge

Work is underway to set bridge beams on the new State Route 17 bridge near the Stephens-Franklin County line. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Teri Pope says work started Wednesday to set the first five beams on the bridge that is just outside of Martin. Pope said crews are set to put the next five beams in place Thursday, weather […]

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Stephens Co. Schools Receive EOCT Scores

Stephens County receives its state results on End of Course Testing for last school year. The Georgia Department of Education recently released district level results. In Stephens County, the number of students that met or exceeded the standard on exams were as follows: American Literature and Composition — 93.5 percent Analytic Geometry — 23.9 percent Biology — 74.3 percent Coordinate […]

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Dorsey Responds to Bell Comments at Tuesday Meeting

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey responds to comments made by County Commissioner Dennis Bell during Tuesday’s county commission meeting. On Tuesday as he voted against approving the school system’s millage rate, Bell again called for the school system to call in authorities to do what he referred to as a “forensic interview” to find out what happened regarding the […]

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Stephens Commission Approves Re-zoning Requests

Stephens County Commissioners approve their first two re-zoning requests. On Tuesday, commissioners heard their first two re-zoning requests since land use was adopted earlier this year. One of the approved re-zoning requests was to change a parcel on Scott Road from Agriculture General/Residential District to Commercial Industrial District for the proposed use of a mini-warehouse building for rentals. The second […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Approves Mill Rate Increase

Stephens County Commissioners sign off on a millage rate increase. Tuesday, county commissioners voted 4 to 1 on a 2.34 mill increase in the county government’s millage rate, taking it from 11.32 to 13.66 mills. Commissioners Dean Scarborough, Michelle Grafton, Dennis Bell, and Debbie Whitlock all voted in favor of the increase. Scarborough said for him, it was an extremely […]

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Public Speaks at Millage Rate Hearing

Prior to the vote on the millage rate increase, the public had its say one more time and the third and final public hearing on the proposed tax hike. During the public hearing, more than 15 people stood up and spoke to commissioners, opposing the millage rate hike. Bobby Thomas said taxpayers should not have to shoulder the burden of […]

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Collier Details Property Crunch

With the county’s millage rate going up for the first time since 2008, Stephens County Tax Assessor Christen Collier is trying to answer some questions about the county’s property situation and why Stephens County is different than neighboring counties with lower millage rates. Collier made a presentation to Stephens County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. He pointed out that right […]

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Stephens Voters Pick Perdue Over Kingston in Runoff Tuesday

Stephens County joins Georgia in favoring David Perdue in the run-off election for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. Perdue received 504 votes, or 51.48 percent, in Stephens County in Tuesday’s primary run-off to Jack Kingston’s 475 votes, or 48.52 percent. Statewide, Perdue had about a 9,000 vote victory over Kingston, receiving 51 percent of the vote to Kingston’s 49 percent. […]

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