Stephens Drought Still “Extreme”

Extreme drought conditions continue for Stephens County and much of the surrounding area. The latest drought monitor report for Georgia was released Thursday. In it, all of Stephens County is shown to be in “extreme drought.” That is the second most severe category on the drought monitor, with only “exceptional drought” being worse. No parts of Georgia are in “exceptional […]

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Collins Pushes For Exemptions From New USPS Rules In Some Developments

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins is introducing legislation he says will ensure some homes and neighborhoods’ mail delivery are not affected by new postal rules. This week, Collins introduced House Resolution 5750, “The Common Sense Postal Delivery Restoration Act of 2016.” Collins said recent U.S. Postal Service rules are forcing home developers to tear up already built or permitted […]

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Hart Co. Commission Agrees on Job Description for Administrator Post

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia After a lengthy heated discussion, the Hart County Board of Commissioners has signed off on the job description for the position of County Administrator. At their meeting Tuesday night, Interim County Administrator Terrell Partain said the job description is in place from the Georgia Mountains Regional Development Commission with few changes. County Commissioner RC […]

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Cleveland Man Appointed To State Board

A northeast Georgia man is re-appointed to the state’s Board of Juvenile Justice. On Thursday, Governor Nathan Deal re-appointed Fred Stephens of Cleveland to the Board of Juvenile Justice. Stephens is the interim police chief for the Clarke County School District Police Department. He retired from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after more than 31 years of service and then […]

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SCHS Football Getting Ready to Start Practice

Final summer preparations are underway before Fall football practice gets started at Stephens County High School. Indians’ Head Football Coach Frank Barden said that the team has done a great job with its summer workouts for the past several weeks. “Our kids have done a good job getting in the weight room and getting in the conditioning program,” said Barden. […]

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Nobody Hurt in Wednesday Structure Fire

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Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said nobody was hurt in a structure fire at a mobile home park Wednesday. Crews responded to the mobile home park on Madden Drive, that is just off of Memorial Drive off of Big A Road on Wednesday for the blaze. Shirley said there was someone inside the structure, but they did not suffer any […]

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Crunkleton Comments on BOE Appointments

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Stephens County Board of Education Chair Tony Crunkleton welcomes Bill Wheeler to the board. Crunkleton spoke Wednesday on the school board’s choice of Wheeler to fill the vacancy on the Board of Education created by Jeff Webb’s resignation in April. Wheeler was chosen from a group of six candidates in a unanimous vote by the Board of Education on Tuesday. […]

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Still No Timeline On FY14, FY15 School System Audits

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said that state auditors have again changed the timeline for releasing the school system’s Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 audits. According to Dorsey, the state has now told him that those two audits will likely be released to the school system at the same time, rather than separately. He said that this change is […]

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Small Part of GA 17 Goes Four Lanes

The first part of the four-lane Highway 17 between Toccoa and the Franklin County line goes four lanes, at least for a time. A small stretch of the highway around the Toccoa By-pass intersection was open to four lanes of traffic, two in each direction, on Wednesday. Also, a traffic light is up at the intersection where the By-pass comes […]

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