Toccoa Gets First Rainfall In A Month

It wasn’t much, but Stephens County did see some much needed rain over the weekend. Just over a tenth of an inch fell in downtown Toccoa early Sunday morning. That marks the first measurable rainfall in downtown Toccoa since October 8. Stephens County remains in a state of extreme drought, according to last week’s Drought Monitor report. Over 42 percent […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Looks at 2017-2018 School Calendar

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The Stephens County School System is looking at the 2017-2018 school calendar. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey presented a draft 2017-2018 calendar to the Board of Education for it to review at a work session Thursday. Dorsey said that this year, they used a slightly different method to construct the proposed school calendar. He said each school governance team […]

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GSP Recruiting Troopers Statewide

The Georgia State Patrol is undertaking a hiring effort to increase its numbers over the coming years. According to GSP Senior Trooper David Snyder, Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough wants to increase significantly the number of troopers on the roadways over the next three years across Georgia. “It is hiring that is going to take place […]

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Area Marks Veterans Day Today

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Stephens County will mark Veterans Day with an annual event later today. The annual Veterans Day observance will take place today at 11 a.m. in the new pavilion at Camp Toccoa at Currahee Mountain. The event is rain or shine. This year’s guest speaker for the event will be retired United States Marine Corps Major Ed Gerstner. According to organizers, […]

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Auto Club Awards Scholarships

Two northeast Georgia students at North Georgia Technical College are scholarship recipients. Joel Nelms of Cleveland and Micheal Mannion of Demorest each recently received $500 scholarships each from the Northeast Georgia Antique Auto and Truck Club. The Club has awarded $500 scholarships to two North Georgia Technical College automotive students annually for over 15 years. The funds, which are proceeds […]

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Lavonia Getting New Fire Truck

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A new fire truck is in the future for the city of Lavonia. In a work session last month, the Lavonia Fire Department had asked for a new truck pointing out that a new truck was needed to improve the city’s ISO rating. The ISO rating is a very important rating because the lower […]

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Smoke Continues to Cover NE Ga.

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Smoke continues to spread over Stephens and surrounding counties in northeast Georgia from wildfires to the north and the west. Stephens County Volunteer Fire Services Chief Jamey Gettys said that if people see flames, they should call 911, but otherwise understand the smoke will be a nuisance for the next few days. Also, Gettys said Stephens County is under a […]

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Stephens Co. Considers Court Fee Ordinance

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Stephens County Commissioners are considering adopting a court fee ordinance. The county commission held a public hearing and first reading of the proposed ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday. According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the proposed ordinance would attach a court fee to several pleas and convictions in the county’s court system. Ranck said the fee would be […]

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Corps Waiving Day Use Fees Friday for Veterans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing its part to recognize veterans this Veterans Day holiday. Corps officials said that day use fees will be waived at Hartwell and J. Strom Thurmond projects for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and […]

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