AAA Urges Teen Drivers to Stay Safe This Summer

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers are underway. According to AAA, the “100 deadliest days” is the period when teen vehicle crash deaths historically climb. Matt Nasworthy is the Traffic Safety Consultant with AAA. “Crashes for teen drivers increase significantly during the summer months because teens drive more during this time of year. […]

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SCSO Charges Man With Damaging Property

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A Franklin County man faces charges in Stephens County after allegedly damaging a commercial property. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies responded to a local business on June 14 in reference to a report that someone had damaged new landscaping that had been completed. “Approximately $3,000 worth of damage had been done to the landscaping,” said Shirley. “During […]

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Dorsey Provides Update on School System Audits

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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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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

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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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