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Ribbon Cutting Held for Clarkesville School of Dance

July 25, 2014
Ribbon Cutting Held for Clarkesville School of Dance

A new dance company in Clarkesville celebrates its opening with business leaders from throughout the region. The Clarkesville School of Dance held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently at its facility in Habersham County. It was a joint ribbon cutting, involving chambers of commerce from Stephens, Habersham, and White counties. Francie Keane is the owner...

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Stephens Co. June Unemployment Numbers Released

July 25, 2014

Stephens County’s June unemployment numbers show mixed results. According to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary June unemployment rate of 7.2 percent. That is four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised May unemployment rate for Stephens County, which was 6.8 percent. This June’s unemployment...

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Franklin Co. Commission Amends Mobile Home Ordinance

July 25, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Some mobile home owners in Franklin County will now have to make sure their homes are displaying the proper property tax decals or face stiff fines. At their regular meeting Monday evening, the Board of Commissioners voted to approve an amended ordinance regarding how property taxes are paid...

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Bridge Beams Going Up On New SR 17 Bridge

July 24, 2014
Bridge Beams Going Up On New SR 17 Bridge

Work is underway to set bridge beams on the new State Route 17 bridge near the Stephens-Franklin County line. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Teri Pope says work started Wednesday to set the first five beams on the bridge that is just outside of Martin. Pope said crews are set to put the next...

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Stephens Co. Implements Moratorium on Accepting New Roads for Maintenance

July 24, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners do not plan to accept any new roads into the county road maintenance system through the end of the year. On Tuesday, commissioners voted 4 to 1 to impose a temporary moratorium on the acceptance of roads into the county maintenance system for a period up to and including December 31....

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Stephens Co. Schools Receive EOCT Scores

July 24, 2014

Stephens County receives its state results on End of Course Testing for last school year. The Georgia Department of Education recently released district level results. In Stephens County, the number of students that met or exceeded the standard on exams were as follows: American Literature and Composition — 93.5 percent Analytic Geometry — 23.9...

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Dorsey Responds to Bell Comments at Tuesday Meeting

July 24, 2014

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey responds to comments made by County Commissioner Dennis Bell during Tuesday’s county commission meeting. On Tuesday as he voted against approving the school system’s millage rate, Bell again called for the school system to call in authorities to do what he referred to as a “forensic interview” to...

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Stephens Commission Approves Re-zoning Requests

July 24, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners approve their first two re-zoning requests. On Tuesday, commissioners heard their first two re-zoning requests since land use was adopted earlier this year. One of the approved re-zoning requests was to change a parcel on Scott Road from Agriculture General/Residential District to Commercial Industrial District for the proposed use of a...

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Stephens Co. Commission Approves Mill Rate Increase

July 23, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners sign off on a millage rate increase. Tuesday, county commissioners voted 4 to 1 on a 2.34 mill increase in the county government’s millage rate, taking it from 11.32 to 13.66 mills. Commissioners Dean Scarborough, Michelle Grafton, Dennis Bell, and Debbie Whitlock all voted in favor of the increase. Scarborough said...

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Public Speaks at Millage Rate Hearing

July 23, 2014

Prior to the vote on the millage rate increase, the public had its say one more time and the third and final public hearing on the proposed tax hike. During the public hearing, more than 15 people stood up and spoke to commissioners, opposing the millage rate hike. Bobby Thomas said taxpayers should not...

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