Toccoa Commissioners Approve FY 17 Budget

Toccoa City Commissioners sign off on the city’s budget for the next fiscal year. Monday, the city commission unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. According to Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse, the proposed budget totals $35,496,758, which is $671,228 less than the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Morse said the budget proposes to keep the property tax millage rate the […]

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Stephens Co. Commission Meets Today

Stephens County Commissioners will meet for a regularly scheduled meeting later today. The county commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today for that meeting in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. County commissioners will start with a work session to discuss items that are on the agenda. The business meeting, to vote on agenda […]

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NGTC President Thaxton Retiring

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Change is coming this Summer to the leadership at North Georgia Technical College. Friday, Dr. Gail Thaxton announced that she will retire from her post as President of North Georgia Technical College effective August 1. Thaxton has served at North Georgia Technical College since 2012 when she moved to Habersham County from Waycross, where she served as president of Okefenokee […]

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Class of 2016 Graduates From SCHS

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Referencing Robert Frost, student speakers at Friday’s Stephens County High School graduation urged the 226 members of the Class of 2016 to take the road less traveled. Stephens County High School’s Class of 2016 graduated in a ceremony Friday night at the Currahee Arena. The ceremony was indoors due to inclement weather. Valedictorian Ellen Brock is headed to Truett-McConnell University next […]

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Ride Benefits Paul Anderson Park, Youth Home

The legacy of Paul Anderson lives on again this year in a benefit bike ride. The second annual “ride strong” bicycle event left the Paul Anderson park in Toccoa on Saturday morning and made it to Vidalia on Sunday. More than a dozen riders covered the 200 miles over the course of two days. Ride Coordinator Gary Bellamy said it […]

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“Click it or Ticket” Starts Today

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are teaming up with local and state law enforcement over the next couple of weeks for the 2016 National “Click It or Ticket” mobilization. It starts today and runs through June 5. Among the agencies participating is the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Randy Shirley said […]

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Election Day 24 Hours Away

Election Day is Tuesday in Stephens County and across the state of Georgia. As a reminder, there is no early voting today at the Stephens County Registrar’s Office. The three-week early voting period ended Friday afternoon. Anyone who has not yet voted in the election will have to wait now until Tuesday to vote. Voting Tuesday will be from 7 […]

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Habersham Groups Gets Literacy Grants

Two Habersham County groups get literacy grants. Earlier this month, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Volunteers for Literacy of Habersham County, Inc. and Cornelia-Habersham County Library grants in the amount of $8,000 and $1,500, respectively to support local literacy programs. These local grants are part of over $7.1 million awarded today to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations […]

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O’Dell Honored At Reception

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County School Superintendent Dr. Ruth O’Dell is retiring at the end of the month and last Thursday, dozens of well-wishers turned out for a special farewell reception at the Carnesville Community Center. During the ceremony, many of those she worked with brought gifts. One of those gifts was a large framed picture of […]

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Early Voting Ends Today

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Today is the final day people can vote early for Tuesday’s primary and non-partisan election in Georgia. Stephens County Registrar Bill Cochran said that voters have until the end of the day today to vote early and avoid having to wait until Tuesday to cast a ballot. “Our hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then the next […]

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