Service Agreement For Emergency Equipment Approved

After initially delaying a final decision, Stephens County will enter into an annual service agreement with Motorola Solutions for the county’s emergency communications. Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners voted 3-2 to enter into the agreement. County commissioners had delayed a vote on the agreement at their previous meeting in May. Commission Chair Dennis Bell said that he had questions over some […]

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Hayestone-Brady Signage for New Hwy. 17 Moving Along

Work is moving forward on new signage for the Hayestone-Brady Business Park that will front the park along the new, four-lane Georgia Highway 17. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said that the SCDA board discussed the new signage that will be at the intersection of Hammerstone Drive and the new Highway 17 at its meeting last Thursday. […]

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SCDA Board Votes To Reward Martin

The Stephens County Development Authority rewards its Executive Director after a strong Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Last Thursday, the Development Authority board voted to award Tim Martin a one-time, $8,000 bonus for his efforts over the last 12 months. Stephens County Development Authority Board Chair Brian Akin said that the board felt like Martin’s performance warranted it as the last year […]

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New App Highlights Georgia Waterfalls

A new mobile app highlights the state’s waterfalls. The Discover Georgia Waterfalls Mobile App is now available on both Apple and Android devices. App designers said the app allows users to explore Georgia’s more than 50 waterfalls and their nearby attractions before visiting them in person. They added the app allows users to search by waterfall; provides in-depth information including […]

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Quiet First Public Hearing on FY 17 Budget

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Stephens County Commissioners have a quiet first public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget. No one from the public spoke Tuesday morning at the initial public hearing. During the public hearing, County Administrator Phyllis Ayers presented a summary of the proposed budget. The total Fiscal Year 2017 proposed general fund budget for Stephens County is just under $13.6 […]

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Toccoa Considering Sod Farm

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The city of Toccoa is considering putting in a sod farm on property it just bought to supply the Links at Lake Toccoa golf course and other city projects. Last month, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously voted to purchase 48.4 acres of property bordering the Links at Lake Toccoa golf course and Black Mountain Road for $188,760. City officials say the […]

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County Takes Numerous Road Related Actions

Stephens County approves an agreement that will help it save money on its asphalt on an ongoing road project. On Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners unanimously approved asphalt pricing for Riverdale Road from C.W. Matthews. County Administratror Phyllis Ayers said that by negotiating all at once with C.W. Matthews, the county has been able to negotiate a price that is better […]

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County To Offer Dual Employee Health Plans

Stephens County government will offer its employees a second health plan option to try and help employees save on their health insurance premium costs. On Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners unanimously approved offering dual health plans and approved the second plan that county employees will have to choose from. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that the plan has a number of […]

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Hail, Wind Reported in Stephens Co. After Storm

Strong storms bring hail and wind reports in parts of Stephens County. According to information from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, golfball size hail was reported on Shorewood Circle in Stephens County at 8:42 p.m. Tuesday. At that same time, reports indicate that many power poles were also blown down on Shorewood Circle. As of this morning, neither […]

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Former Piedmont ADA Responds to Theft Charges

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Former Piedmont Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Sam Skelton says he is looking forward to telling his side of the story regarding his arrest last week on theft by taking charges. Last Thursday, a Banks County Grand Jury indicted Skelton on 33 counts of theft by taking. He turned himself in to the Banks […]

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