BOE Discusses Current Vacancy

The Stephens County Board of Education will hold off for now on moving forward with filling the board seat left vacant by the resignation of Dr. Elizabeth Pinkerton. Pinkerton resigned earlier this month and board members discussed how to move forward at their meeting on Tuesday. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said that policies and statutes in place call […]

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New Hospital Administrator Settling In

The new administrator at Stephens County Hospital continues to settle in to her role. Lynne Anderson took over in full for Ed Gambrell on January 1 following Gambrell’s retirement. In the months prior to Gambrell’s retirement, Anderson worked at the hospital with Gambrell during a transition period. She said she is getting comfortable now in the administrator position, in part […]

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Stephens Co. Schools Need Mentors

With the start of a new calendar year, the call is again going out for mentors in the Stephens County school system. January marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month and Family Connection of Stephens County is participating in a campaign to expand mentoring opportunities. Nancy Ekback is the Mentor Coordinator for Stephens County and Family Connection. She said that […]

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Stephens Co. Marks MLK Day

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Stephens County marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Black Christian Men Association of Toccoa and Stephens County again organized the annual interfaith service and march Monday. Following the interfaith service at Trinity C.M.E. Church, marchers walked to Toccoa City Hall where this year’s essay contest winner, Michael Earle-Lyles, a member of Trinity C.M.E. Church, read his winning essay. Earle-Lyles […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Receives FY 2015 Audit

Good news comes in on the audit report for Stephens County Hospital. The Hospital Authority presented the Fiscal Year 2015 audit report it received at Monday’s meeting. According to the Hospital Authority, auditors Dixon, Hughes, and Goodman gave the hospital a clean audit opinion again for the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2015. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Lynne […]

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Tax Season Starts Today

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia It’s that time of the year again as a new tax filing season is set to start today. The Internal Revenue Service has announced it will begin accepting returns today. IRS Spokesman Mark Green said they are expecting most tax filers to file electronically again this year. “The good news about this is that […]

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Stephens Co. BOE To Meet Tonight

The Stephens County Board of Education will hold its regular January business meeting in a new location tonight. Tonight’s Stephens County Board of Education meeting will take place at the new Administrative Office location for the school system, which is at the Old Big A School at 191 Big A School Road, just off of Big A Road. The school […]

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Crews Respond to Monday Afternoon Fire

Multiple departments responded on Monday afternoon to a reported structure fire in Stephens County. Crews from Big Smith, Martin, and Eastanollee Volunteer Fire Departments were all called out on Monday between 2 and 2:30 p.m That road is located off of Old East Silver Shoals Road, near East Silver Shoals Road. Reports indicate that heavy black smoke was present and […]

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City of Toccoa Presents Donation to United Way

The city of Toccoa raises thousands of dollars for the United Way of Stephens County. City officials announced recently that the city government, through its employees and others, raised a record total of $3,655 for the organization. A group from the city, led by Commissioner Terry Carter, presented the check last month to local United Way representatives. Heading up the […]

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