February Unemployment Numbers Released

Stephens County shows mixed results on the unemployment front in February. According to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 6.2 percent in February. That is up three-tenths of a percentage point from the revised January rate of 5.9 percent. However, this February’s unemployment rate in Stephens County is a […]

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IRS Has Millions in Unclaimed Refunds

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Refunds totaling $950 million may be waiting for an estimated one million taxpayers in the nation who did not file a federal income tax return for 2012. In Georgia, over $29 million in unclaimed refunds awaits 34,300 individuals. However, to collect the money, a return for 2012 must be filed with the IRS no […]

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GDOT Limiting Lane Closures For Easter

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to limit lane closures across the state this weekend for the Easter holiday. At a minimum, the Georgia DOT said it will limit lane closures on interstate highways and state routes from 9 p.m. tonight through midnight on Sunday. These times will be extended in some locales over the coming weekends around the […]

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NGTC Horticulture Students Finish 16th In National Competition

North Georgia Technical College horticulture students are back home with several distinguished awards, including a team ranking of 16th in the nation, after competing in the 40th annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Mississippi State University this past weekend. Thirteen horticulture students competed in 28 events against 63 schools from both two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Students from […]

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SCHS Golf Defeats Chestatee

The Stephens County High School golf teams pick up a sweep of Chestatee. Recently, Stephens County’s boys and girls faced off with Chestatee in golf. On the boys’ side, the Indians defeated Chestatee 168-188. Cooper Dalrymple had the low score for Stephens County with a 37. Moving to the girls’ side, the Lady Indians defeated Chestatee by a score of […]

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SCHS Tennis Swept By Johnson H.S.

Stephens County tennis gets swept in region play. Wednesday, the Indians and Lady Indians took on Johnson High School in a Region 8-AAAA match. On the boys’ side, the Indians lost to the Knights, 3-2, in a close one. Freshmen Ben Smith and Noah Heaton netted the match wins for Stephens County. Moving to the girls’ side, the Lady Indians […]

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Fire Stations Nearing Completion

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Stephens County is moving ever closer to occupying three new fire station buildings. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers updated the commission on the progress on the three station buildings at Tuesday’s county commission meeting. The county is building three fire station buildings, one on North Holcomb Drive, one on Black Mountain Road, and one on Red Bluff Road. These are not […]

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Collins, Counties Working On “Orphan County” TV Issue

Officials from Stephens and surrounding counties meet with 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins on the issue of receiving Atlanta TV stations on satellite, instead of stations from South Carolina. The recent meeting focused on the new process of petitioning the Federal Communications Commission for a ‘Change of Market’, something Congressman Collins has pushed to be made into law since […]

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City, County Announce Holiday Schedule

Local government offices have announced their schedule for the Easter holiday. Both Toccoa City Hall and Stephens County Government Offices will close Friday, March 25 in observance of Good Friday. In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recyclables scheduled to be picked up on Friday, March 25 will be picked up on Monday, March 28. Commercial garbage will […]

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