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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Voters Deciding Primary Run-offs Today

Today is Primary Run-off Election Day in Stephens County and throughout Georgia. Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said polls are open today at the Stephens County Senior Center on Rose Lane. “They need to go to the Senior Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.,” said Kelley. “We will be there for them to come in and […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Sees Revenue Increase in June

Stephens County Hospital receives some positive financial news. Hospital officials reported at Monday’s monthly Hospital Authority meeting that the hospital saw a positive bottom line in the month of June. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said that the hospital saw a particularly good month on the revenue side in June. “Revenue is up some from the past few months […]

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Toccoa Again Hosts MERGE Program

Volunteers from around the state and the region are back in their communities after spending last week in Toccoa for the annual MERGE program. MERGE took place last week in Toccoa and Stephens County. The MERGE program is a collaboration between the Georgia Baptist Association, Tugalo Baptist Association, local churches, community groups, and others. Wade Lott is an Associational Missionary […]

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Franklin Co. Finalizes Millage Rates

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County approves its millage rates for Fiscal Year 2015. Last week, the Franklin county Commission met in a brief called meeting to pass the millage rates in four separate line items For unincorporated Franklin County, the commission passed a millage of 8.140 mills and passed a rate of 9.287 mills for incorporated Franklin […]

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