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Red Cross Issues Call for Blood Donations

March 5, 2015

In the aftermath of last month’s winter weather, the American Red Cross is asking for blood donations. The Red Cross said that recent winter weather forced the cancellation of 36 Red Cross blood drives in Georgia, resulting in a shortfall of about 1,372 blood and platelet donations since February 16. Red Cross officials said...

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Local Veteran Receives Quilt

March 5, 2015

A local veteran receives a special gift from a national organization. Wednesday, Danny Joe Godfrey of Toccoa received a quilt from the Quilts of Valor organization in a ceremony during the monthly veterans’ coffee at the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room in the historic train depot in downtown Toccoa. Quilts of Valor is a national,...

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Franklin Co. Schools Receive Grant for Literacy Program

March 5, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Franklin County School System is one of 15 school systems in Georgia that will receive a Striving Reader grant. The State Board of Education announced the awards last Friday. Franklin County will receive $1.87 million over the next several years. Striving Reader is a comprehensive literacy grant...

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Interviews To Start Soon In Stephens Co. Hospital Administrator Search

March 4, 2015

The search for the next Stephens County Hospital Administrator is getting ready to move into the next phase. Members of the Stephens County Hospital Authority’s Personnel Committee met this week to go over the resumes of the people that applied for the position. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said that the Hospital Authority...

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SCSO Issues 2014 Annual Report

March 4, 2015

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office releases its annual report for 2014. That report provides statistics in a number of areas for the Sheriff’s Office, as well as listing some of the department’s accomplishments last year and goals for this year. One of the main numbers that stands out in the 2014 report is a...

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Collins Issues Statement on Netanyahu Address

March 4, 2015

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins is calling Tuesday’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a powerful warning to the American people about a potential nuclear deal with Iran. Collins released his statement, after attending Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday. In his statement, Collins says America must not give...

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Mobile Food Pantry Set for Thursday

March 4, 2015

A mobile food pantry will visit Stephens County on Thursday to help families in need. It will be Thursday morning in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church on East Tugalo Street in Toccoa. Food distribution will start at 10 a.m. Thursday and last until the food is gone. The drive is...

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Police Blotter

March 4, 2015

The Toccoa Police Department says it arrested one person last week in connection to a shoplifting report. According to a report on file, police responded to a store on February 27 in reference to someone allegedly taking perfume. Police say they tracked down the suspect, identified as a 31-year-old James H. Wooten, in the...

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SCDA Sets 2015 Goals

March 3, 2015

The Stephens County Development Authority sets its goals for the year ahead. Development Authority board members and staff gathered last month for a strategic planning session. During that meeting, the Authority identified five specific things it wanted to work on in 2015 that fall under the larger banner of economic development. One of those...

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Grinder To Help Stephens Co. Jail with Toilet Issues

March 3, 2015

Stephens County is purchasing a grinder for the Stephens County Jail. Last week, county commissioners voted unanimously to purchase the grinder now out of the general fund and then pay back the general fund with SPLOST VI proceeds. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said the grinder is needed to help prevent ongoing sewer issues...

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