Collins Introduces Bill to Suspend Visa Waiver Program Temporarily

9th District U.S. Congressman Doug Collins is calling for an emergency short-term suspension in the U.S. State Department’s Visa Waiver Program. He introduced legislation to enact that this week. Collins said the program, which is meant to expedite foreign travel for residents of United States and 38 designated countries, could be utilized by Islamic State terrorists who posses western passports […]

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Stephens Co. Approves Budget Increase for Public Defender’s Office

Stephens County will pay more in its Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the public defender’s office. Tuesday, the Stephens County Commission approved a Fiscal Year 2015 budget amendment of $3,023 for indigent defense. Stephens County splits costs for the public defender’s office with the other two counties in the Mountain Judicial Circuit, Habersham County and Rabun County. Mountain Judicial Circuit […]

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SCSO Announces Drug Arrests

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office says two people have been arrested on felony and misdemeanor drug charges over the last several days. First, Sheriff Randy Shirley said that on September 3, 58-year-old Phillip Wayne Curbow of Thrasher Drive in Toccoa sold a quantity of methamphetamine during an undercover operation involving the Mountain Judicial Circuit N.C.I.S. Drug Team. Shirley said that […]

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Motorcycle Chase Takes Authorities Through Three Counties Tuesday

A motorcyclist reportedly faces charges after a motorcycle pursuit through Stephens, Franklin, and Habersham counties Tuesday afternoon. According to the Georgia State Patrol, Franklin County was in pursuit of a motorcycle and requested the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol. The GSP said the motorcycle was driving recklessly and with no regard for the public, reaching speeds of over 100 […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Approves E-911 Equipment Agreement, Financing

Stephens County is moving forward with purchasing about $1.37 million in new equipment for the E-911 department. Tuesday, county commissioners voted 3 to 2 to approve two separate motions. The first motion entered the county into a communications system agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for the purchase of the E-911 equipment that commissioners had previously awarded the bid to last […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Approves Re-zoning Request

Stephens County Commissioners approve a re-zoning request for property on Mize Road. Tuesday, the county commission unanimously approved a motion to allow property at 7256 Mize Road to switch from Residential Single Family District to Commercial Community Building District. The proposed use is for a retail trade business. Developer Bobby Howard told commissioners it is for a Dollar General store. […]

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