SCH, Other Hospitals Affected By New Federal Rules on Medicare

Stephens County Hospital, along with most other hospitals, will see a slight payment reduction from Medicare under new pay for performance standards put in place by the federal government. Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell updated the Hospital Authority on the new standards at last week’s monthly Authority meeting. Gambrell said the hospital will face a penalty for its readmission rates in […]

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Lavonia P.D. Gets GOHS Grant

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Lavonia Police Department is the recipient of a $10,000 equipment grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said the grant will come in handy to purchase some new equipment. “We have received this grant several times in the past,” Carlisle said. “The grant will be used for […]

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SCHS Hoops Wraps Up Regular Season

The Stephens County Middle School basketball teams are taking part in their conference tournament this week. Friday, the 7th and 8th grade basketball teams took on Madison County. The 7th grade boys lost to Madison County, 35-19. Keondre Latner and Isaiah Martin each had five points to lead Stephens County. Meanwhile, the 8th grade boys were also defeated by Madison, […]

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Funeral Services Today For Woman Hit By Train

Funeral services are scheduled for today for the woman killed when she was struck by a train earlier this month in Stephens County. Graveside services for 36-year-old Olympia Ann Fleming will be today at 2 p.m. at Hurricane Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Martin. Fleming, of East Whitman Street in Toccoa, was killed when she was hit by a Norfolk […]

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Police Blotter

A Toccoa man is reporting a theft to the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office. According to a report from the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy responded to Prather Bridge Road on Sunday, where a man reported that numerous personal items had been taken from his property. The report said that nearly $2,000 worth of miscellaneous items were taken sometime between […]

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Illinois Fugitive Arrested in Toccoa

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office assists in the arrest of an out-of-state fugitive in Toccoa. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office’s DELTA unit was called to assist U.S. Marshals in the arrest of 29-year-old Richard W. Taylor of Trenton, Illinois last week. Shirley said authorities caught up with Taylor at an Avon Street residence in Toccoa to arrest […]

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Toccoa City Commission Meeting Today

Toccoa City Commissioners have a busy day planned. Today, city commissioners will meet for both a retreat and a regular meeting. The retreat will begin at 12 p.m. and take place in the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room in downtown Toccoa. During the retreat, the city commission will first look back at accomplishments by department during the year 2014. Then, the […]

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SCHS Football Banquet Honors Numerous Players

The Stephens County High School football team looks back at the season that was. Thursday, the team held its annual football banquet and awards ceremony at Stephens County High School. Stephens County High School Head Football Coach Frank Barden said the banquet gives him a chance to thank the players for everything they put into the team over the last […]

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