Stephens Co. Commission Passes FY 15 Budget

Stephens County Commissioners pass a Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the budget that takes effect July 1. That budget is built based on a 2.85 mill increase in the county’s millage rate, taking that millage rate from 11.32 to 14.17 mills. County Commissioner Stanley London voted against the budget. London said he cannot support a […]

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SCSO Issues Scam Alert

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about a scam reportedly making the rounds in the area. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office has been informed of a potential telephone scam that has turned up in the area. “The scammer’s telephone has routinely shown to be from Idaho and the caller is identified himself as ‘Adam […]

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Investigation Ongoing Into Heavywood Furniture Fire

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said Tuesday that Saturday’s fire at a Stephens County industrial building does not appear to be suspicious. Fire Marshal’s Office Spokesman Glenn Allen said that investigators were at the Heavywood Furniture building off of Industrial Boulevard Monday morning to start trying to determine what caused the blaze. Allen said there is no timeline right now […]

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Stephens BOE To Meet Thursday

The Stephens County Board of Education will continue looking at the school system’s financial picture at a called meeting scheduled for Thursday. A called Stephens County Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday at the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Mize Road. During Thursday morning’s meeting, the school board is expected to again review the […]

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Toccoa-Stephens Co. Humane Shelter Receives Grant

The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter receives a grant to help provide care for animals. Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said the shelter has received a $5,000 grant from the Hart EMC Foundation. Roberts said the grant will help replenish the shelter’s “Joey Fund,” which is designed to provide veterinary care for stray or sick adoptable shelter animals. “It will be used […]

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Lavonia Police Investigating Weekend Burglaries

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Lavonia Police Department is investigating two burglaries authorities believe could be related. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said the first burglary was discovered Monday morning at a cellphone repair shop on Augusta Road. “The first burglary was at Nikki’s Cellphone Repair,” Carlisle said. “An unknown individual or individuals broke the front window and […]

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Two Sought in Mize Road Burglary

Two people are being sought in connection to a reported burglary earlier this month in Stephens County. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his deputies were called to a Mize Road residence on June 15 in reference to the alleged burglary. “Two individuals that were renting an apartment from the owner had taken guns, tools, and a lot of other […]

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Corps Using Social Media To Promote Water Safety

This summer the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District is launching a new water safety campaign using social media. It’s called, the “Wear IT to Win It” campaign. Corps spokesperson Tracy Robillard said it’s a contest to promote the use of life jackets. “We want people to show us their photos of people wearing their life jackets on our […]

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SR 51 Sinkhole Repair Still on Schedule, Says DOT

For those traveling in Hart County, the Georgia Department of Transportation said progress continues on repairs to State Route 51. The Georgia DOT said utility relocations are almost finished at the State Route 51 sinkhole repair site. DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith said work is going well and remains on schedule for an August 24 completion date if the weather […]

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