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Martin: Economic Future Looking Up in Stephens Co.

June 15, 2015

Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said he feels good about economic progress made in the last 12 months. Last week, Martin reported to the Development Authority board that in the current fiscal year, which ends later this month, the county has seen 202 jobs created and $32 million in investment. According...

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Survey Ranks Best Cities in Ga. to Start Business

June 15, 2015

A recent survey by the finance and lending-related website NerdWallet says that Toccoa is the 91st best place in Georgia to start a business out of 126 looked at it in the state. That survey was released last week. In it, NerdWallet said it analyzed 126 places in Georgia, each with a population of...

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Widow of Lavonia Pastor Can Collect from Rabun, Habersham Insurance Policies

June 15, 2015

The website Nowhabersham.com reports that the widow of the late Lavonia pastor the Rev. Jonathan Ayers can collect civil damages awarded to her last year from insurance policies held by both Rabun and Habersham counties. According to the report, that ruling came from the Georgia Court of Appeals recently. Nowhabersham.com reports that the Court...

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Apparent Tax Scam Reported in Area

June 15, 2015

Another tax scam is being reported in the area. Toccoa City Commissioner and local accountant Jeanette Jamieson said that several elderly people have reported to her that they have received calls from people purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service regarding people’s taxes. Jamieson said that if someone calls in that manner claiming...

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Banks Co. Sheriff Institutes Parent Assistance Program

June 15, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed is instituting a new summertime program to help working parents. Banks County Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Carrissa McFaddin said the Summertime Assistance Program is designed for working parents who have children at home during the summer months while school is out of session. “This...

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Stephens Co. Schools FY16 Budget To Be Ready Next Month

June 12, 2015

The Stephens County Board of Education will not have a budget approved for Fiscal Year 2016 by June 30. At Thursday’s Stephens County Board of Education work session, Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey updated the board on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget process. Dorsey said that a number of factors have led to...

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SCDA Purchases Pump for Hayestone Brady Business Park Liftstation

June 12, 2015

The Stephens County Development Authority is moving to bring its waste water lift station at the Hayestone-Brady Business Park fully online. Thursday, the Development Authority board voted unanimously to purchase a lift station pump at a cost of $104,194 from a company called Smith and Loveless. That bid was the lowest of two bids...

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Lavonia Completes Digital Water Meter Conversion

June 12, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia City of Lavonia water customers now have new, high-tech water meters and the city is collecting more revenue as a result. Work to replace the old meters with new digital equipment has been an ongoing project since 2013 and began with the City of Lavonia applying for and...

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DOT Urges Drivers To Stay Safe This Summer

June 12, 2015

Plan ahead, drive alert and watch for work zones. That’s the advice to motorists from the Georgia Department of Transportation as an active summer construction season gets into full swing with projects beginning or underway throughout the state. To minimize traffic delays, the Department said it seeks to make the road work as non-disruptive...

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Collins Supports Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act

June 12, 2015

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins votes in support of a bill he says will protect farmers, families, ranchers, and small businesses in the 9th District and nationwide. Earlier this week, Collins voted for H.R. 2393, the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act. The bill would repeal mandatory country of origin labeling requirements for...

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