Ga. Ag Commissioner Issues Mosquito Prevention Tips

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is reminding residents about steps to take to prevent and control mosquito problems this summer. Black said that people should take steps to protect skin from mosquito bites at all times of the day by applying an insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. He said people should also consider […]

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Stephens Co. School System Approves Meal Prices

Some meal prices will be going up next year in the Stephens County school system. The Stephens County Board of Education approved meal prices for the 2016-2017 school year at their meeting last Tuesday. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said that these meal price changes will not affect everyone in the school system. “This does not impact elementary or […]

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Demorest Man Re-Appointed to Ga. Ports Authority

A Habersham County man receives a re-appointment to the Georgia Ports Authority. Last week, Governor Nathan Deal re-appointed Kenneth Cronan of Demorest to the Georgia Ports Authority. Cronan is the founder and president of Gainesville Waste and Recycling and the founder of Georgia Recovery Services and Gainesville Salvage Disposal. He previously worked for the Xerox Corporation and the Georgia Department […]

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Main Street Toccoa Releases New App

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When it comes to downtown Toccoa, there’s now an app for that. Main Street Toccoa has finished the design and implementation of a Main Street Toccoa app for mobile devices. Toccoa Community Development Specialist Christian Hamilton said the app allows for easy access to all sorts of information about downtown. “Whether it be businesses, new businesses or current businesses, events, […]

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Unemployment Drops in Stephens Co. For May

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Preliminary May figures from the Georgia Department of Labor show another drop in the unemployment rate for Stephens County. According to the Labor Department numbers, Stephens County had a preliminary May unemployment rate of 5.3 percent. That is one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the revised April rate of 5.4 percent and a full 1.5 percentage points lower than […]

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Stephens Co. Reaches Severe Drought Status

Drought conditions continue to worsen in Stephens County and northeast Georgia. According to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, which was released on Thursday, Stephens County has progressed from “moderate drought” into “severe drought.” Banks, Franklin, and a small part of Habersham County are also in “severe drought,” as is much of Rabun County and Oconee County, South […]

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