October Unemployment Rate Drops in Stephens Co.

Stephens County gets good news on the unemployment front. Statistics released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor show that Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in October. That is two-tenths of a percentage point lower than September’s revised rate of 6.0 percent and one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the October 2015 revised rate […]

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BBB Offers Online Shopping Tips

Today is the traditionally the biggest online shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday. Last year, the Better Business Bureau says that online shoppers spent nearly $3 billion during Cyber Monday, making it the largest online shopping day ever recorded. The BBB said that while shoppers like the convenience online shopping provides, it can also pose risks if shoppers do […]

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USPS Issues Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The holiday season is underway, which also means it may be time to ship those holiday packages. This year’s holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations were recently released by the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service said to ensure timely delivery of cards, letters, and packages within the United States by December 25, it is recommended […]

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Holiday Travel Numbers Updated By GSP

Final holiday traffic numbers are not in yet for Georgia highways from the state’s Department of Public Safety. As of this morning, the last update from state officials regarding highway fatalities was at noon on Sunday. State officials have reported that as of noon on Sunday, 17 people had been killed on Georgia highways over the Thanksgiving holiday period. None […]

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Stephens Co. Forward Funding More SPLOST Road Work

Stephens County Commissioners approve the issuing of more bonds to forward fund road work in the county. On Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved the signing of General Obligation Bond Documents for SPLOST VI Roads and Bridges. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said this is the second such bond issue the county has done based off of SPLOST VI. “The first one […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Gets Approval For Additional Personal Care Home Capacity

Stephens County Hospital now has everything it needs to maximize its capacity at its Clary and Wilkinson Centers. On Monday, the hospital officially received approval from the state to expand its capacity for the two facilities to a total of 104 residents. Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said the additional capacity accounts for six new suites built on at the Wilkinson […]

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BBB Offers Holiday Shopping Tips

Today is Black Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. While the tradition of Black Friday remains, the Better Business Bureau said the way in which consumers are researching and buying on Black Friday is changing. The Better Business Bureau said 61 percent of shoppers begin researching purchases before Thanksgiving and 78 percent used the Internet to research […]

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Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday

While many people are headed to the stores today for Black Friday, tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. It was started in 2010 by American Express as a way to encourage holiday shoppers to spend their dollars at small, local, independently owned businesses. Last year, a survey from American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business estimated that 95 million […]

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Red Cross Needs Holiday Blood Donations

The American Red Cross said that blood and platelet donations are needed throughout the holiday season. According to the Red Cross, busy holiday schedules and travel plans make it more challenging for regular donors to give, and many businesses and organizations postpone holding blood drives during the holiday season for these same reasons. Red Cross officials said that this can […]

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