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Gambrell Pleased with Bed Tax Extension

February 19, 2013

Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said Monday that he is pleased that Georgia has continued the so-called “bed tax” on hospitals. The Governor signed the law continuing the bed tax last week after it passed the state’s General Assembly. According to Gambrell, hospitals pay the fee to the state and the state then...

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Rep. Collins To Be in Toccoa on Friday

February 19, 2013

Ninth District U.S. Representative Doug Collins will hold a meeting in Toccoa this week to talk with local constituents. Collins’ office has announced that the Congressman will appear Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Java Station Coffee Shop on Big A Road. During this time, Collins and his staff will be available...

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Franklin Co. BOE Will Not Close School This Year

February 19, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Franklin County School Board will not pursue closing an elementary school as a cost saving measure next fiscal year. Franklin County School Superintendent Dr. Ruth Odell said that the board voted on that decision at its monthly meeting last week. “The decision points were coming up as...

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SCHS Wrestlers Participate in State Tourney

February 19, 2013

A Stephens County Indian wrestler places fifth in the state at his weight classification. Josh Hale took fifth place at this past weekend’s GHSA State AAAA Wrestling Championships in the 220-pound weight class. Hale went 4-2 during the tournament, picking up two falls out of his four victories. He finishes the year with a...

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Police Blotter

February 19, 2013

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at a location on Easy Street in Toccoa. According to the report on file with the Sheriff’s Office, a deputy responded on February 10 to Easy Street, where the complainant reported that several items had been taken from the location. The report does not list...

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Toccoa Celebrates Arbor Day

February 18, 2013
Toccoa Celebrates Arbor Day

People gather in Toccoa to plant a legacy on Arbor Day. Toccoa held its annual Arbor Day ceremony in downtown on Friday. The theme was “Plant A Legacy.” This year, Toccoa’s ceremony included a tree planting near the intersection of Sage and Foreacre streets. The red maple planted Friday is in honor of the...

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Stephens Co. BOE Moving Forward On Charter System Application

February 18, 2013

The Stephens County School System is moving ahead with the process of becoming a charter school system. During a Stephens County Board of Education work session last Tuesday, Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten updated Board members on the current timeline for Stephens County becoming a charter school system. According to Whiten, state law...

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Indians, Lady Indians Both Finish Third

February 18, 2013

The Stephens County Indian and Lady Indian basketball teams will both enter this week’s state playoffs as the third seed out of Region 8-AAAA. Both teams won third place games at Johnson High School Friday to conclude the Region 8-AAAA tournament. In the third place girls’ game, Stephens County fought from behind for much...

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Royston Woman Pleads Guilty to Bilking Co-Workers

February 18, 2013

A Royston woman who was accused of bilking 68 co-workers out of their money will spend the next five years in prison. Reports indicate that 41-year old April Constance Jennipher Arter has pleaded guilty to 25 counts of misdemeanor theft by deception and one felony count of theft by taking. Arter went before a...

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Ga. DOT Announces Area Road Work

February 18, 2013

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced road work in Stephens and surrounding counties this week. According to the DOT, a crew will repair and restore ditches this week on State Highway 145. Meanwhile in Habersham County, a crew will clean and restore ditches on State Highway 17, while another crew adds rubberized asphalt...

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