SCDA Approves Solar Panel Agreements

The Stephens County Development Authority continues work to finalize an expansion of the solar panel farm project already on Development Authority property in Eastanollee. On Tuesday, the Development Authority board voted unanimously to authorize the Chairman to sign a lease agreement for the solar panel project for 7.35 acres at a cost of $6,000 per year for 20 years. United […]

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Hart Sinkhole Repair Date Pushed Back

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Work to repair the giant sinkhole in Hart County is going to take a lot longer than expected. On Monday, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced the completion date has been pushed back from August 24 to October 13. The sinkhole on State Route 51/Reed Creek Highway just outside of Hartwell opened up May […]

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Reminder: Traffic Shift On Part of SR 17 Today

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans a traffic shift today along Highway 17 in Stephens County. Weather permitting, crews will shift traffic from Scott Road all the way to south of the Eastanollee Bypass to allow room for culvert construction. Georgia DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said the traffic shift will essentially move traffic one lane width over starting at mid-morning […]

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876th Heads Overseas

The Toccoa-based 876th Engineer Company is overseas. Defense Department officials report that the 876th departed last month from Fort Bliss to head to Afghanistan. The unit left Toccoa in May for Fort Bliss to prepare for Afghanistan. It is headed to Afghanistan for a nine-month overseas deployment. About 150 soldiers headed overseas with the 876th Engineer Company. While the unit […]

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Former Superintendent Responds to FY 2013 School System Audit

Former Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten speaks on the school system’s Fiscal Year 2013 audit. State auditors released the report last week and cited numerous things they identified as problems. Whiten, who was superintendent during Fiscal Year 2013, said she was not surprised to see some audit findings. “The audit results were not totally unexpected given on the way things […]

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Stephens Co. Awards Emergency Communications Equipment Bids

Stephens County will purchase more than a million dollars of new equipment to upgrade the county’s emergency communications at the E-911 facility. Tuesday, county commissioners voted 3 to 2 to purchase a recorder, phone system, radio console, and infrastructure upgrade for emergency communications. On the recorder, Stephens County Commissioners went with the bid for a new recorder from Quality Recording […]

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Corps Launches Free Savannah District Mobile App

A free mobile application now puts lake and rainfall data at arms’ reach for those interested in conditions of the Corps-operated Savannah River reservoirs and river gauges. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District announced recently that it has launched a free app available for users of Apple, Google and Amazon mobile devices. To download, simply search for U-S-A-C-E […]

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Dorsey Responds to School System FY 13 Audit Report

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said Tuesday there were not any surprises in the school system’s Fiscal Year 2013 audit. State auditors released the final audit report on Friday. Dorsey said it collaborates what they have uncovered since he arrived and began working on the issue on May. “We want to make sure that the community knows that we […]

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