Stephens Co. Schools Finance Director Resigns

Meanwhile, in the midst of its budget issues, the Stephens County School System is again looking for a new finance director. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey says that Misty Cleveland has resigned from the position and the Board of Education accepted that resignation Tuesday. Dorsey said he plans to begin the search for a new finance director immediately. “We […]

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Hicks Withdraws Salary Increase Request From FY 15 Budget

Stephens County Tax Commissioner Dene Hicks said she is withdrawing her request for an increase in salaries to her department for Fiscal Year 2015. Hicks issued that announcement in a press release Tuesday, stating that it is in light of the condition of countywide departmental budget constraints in Stephens County. According to Hicks, withdrawing the salary increase request will decrease […]

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Facade Renovations Complete at Schaefer Center

Exterior facade renovations to the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa are complete. The city of Toccoa says that crews recently completed the third and final phase of those facade renovations. That included painting the facade, installing doors and a ticket window, and doing other upgrades to the outside of the building. Main Street Toccoa Director Connie Tabor says the facade […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Holds Millage Rate Hearings

County residents express frustration about a proposed millage rate increase by Stephens County Commissioners. The county commission held the first two of three required public hearings on the proposed hike Monday at the historic courthouse. The room was fairly full for Monday night’s second hearing of the day, with eight or so people speaking before commissioners, opposing the millage rate […]

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Toccoa Opens Street Re-surfacing Bids

Toccoa city staff are reviewing two bids submitted for re-surfacing about 25 city streets. The Toccoa City Commission opened the bids for the street re-surfacing project at its meeting Monday. Two companies submitted bids for the work. They are C.W. Matthews of Marietta, who bid $942,665.44 and Blount Construction of Marietta, who bid $1,148,865.14. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said […]

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Weekend Accident Involves SCSO Patrol Car

A Hazlehurst, Georgia man faces a traffic charge after a weekend accident that involved a Stephens County Sheriff’s Office patrol car. The accident occurred on Big A Road Sunday around 12:56 a.m. The Georgia State Patrol said a 2009 Mazda pick-up truck driven by 18-year-old Cameron Calhoun of Hazlehurst was traveling east exiting the Wal-Mart parking area, while a 2009 […]

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One Week Left to Vote Early in Run-off

This week is the last week to vote early in the primary run-off election in Stephens County and across Georgia. Early voting picks back up today and runs through Friday. Early voting started back on June 30 for the run-off. Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said turnout to this point has been low. “Early voting has been going very slow,” […]

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