Dorsey Provides Update on School System Audits


The Stephens County school system hopes to soon have at least one of its past due audits from state auditors. School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey updated the Stephens County Board of Education on both the Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 audits at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Dorsey said he does not expect it to take too much longer to […]

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No Move Yet on Ledford Vacancy on Stephens Co. BOE

The Stephens County Board of Education has yet to move forward on filling the seat left vacant by the resignation last month of Jim Ledford. School board members did not discuss the matter Tuesday. According to Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey, the Board of Education has yet to receive notice from the governor that he has accepted the resignations […]

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Northern Circuit DA Campaign Violation Allegation

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White faces a felony charge after an alleged campaign violation. Last Friday, Senior Superior Court Judge Robert Struble ruled regarding allegations White illegally obtained the political endorsement of Hartwell Police Chief Anthony Davis in his bid for re-election. On Friday, Judge Struble issued a written ruling in which […]

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Collins Bill Becomes Law

A bill authored by 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins goes into law after President Barack Obama signed it Wednesday. Collins was the author of House Resolution 2137, the Federal Law Enforcement Self Defense and Protection Act. This bill authorizes a federal law enforcement officer to carry a government-issued firearm during a covered furlough, such as a planned event during […]

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Perdue Makes Service Academy Appointment

A Habersham County student receives a service academy appointment. Earlier this month, U.S. Senator David Perdue announced the appointments of 19 Georgia students nominated by his office to the United States Service Academies. One of those is John Gallagher of Clarkesville, who was appointed by Senator Perdue to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Senator Perdue said that Georgia has a […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Proposing 1.45 Mill Cut in Tax Rate


Those who pay Stephens County school taxes would see that millage rate drop more than a mill under the tentative Fiscal Year 2017 budget approved unanimously Tuesday by the Stephens County Board of Education. On Tuesday, the Stephens County school board approved that tentative Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which had just under $32.5 million in general fund revenues and about […]

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TCC Approves Commission Pay Hike

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Toccoa City Commissioners vote themselves a pay raise starting in 2018. Tuesday, the commission voted 4 to 1 to approve an increase in pay for city commissioners that will take effect on January 1, 2018. Commissioner Jeanette Jamieson made a motion for a smaller increase than was first proposed. Under what Jamieson proposed and commissioners approved, starting in 2018 the […]

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SCSO Makes Child Molestation Arrest

One man faces a charge of child molestation after an investigation this month by authorities. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office received the report of an alleged case of child molestation earlier this month. “Our Special Victims Unit was notified and the investigator interviewed the child and the mother,” said Shirley. “The child disclosed that it was […]

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Home Invasion Results in Multiple Arrests

Two people are under arrest and a third is being sought in connection with a home invasion at a Stephens County residence earlier this month. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it occurred just before midnight on June 14 at a home in the Falls Road-Talmadge Drive area of the county. “Three people forced their entry into the home and […]

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Hospital Gets Joint Commission Accreditation Visit

Stephens County Hospital receives word that it is on track for re-accreditation by the Joint Commission. Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said that representatives from the Joint Commission were at the hospital a couple of weeks ago for a two-day accreditation visit. Anderson said the visits are unannounced until the morning the Joint Commission arrives and when they are there, the […]

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