E-SPLOST Passes in Stephens Co.

Stephens County voters approve a renewal of the county’s E-SPLOST. By more than a four-to-one margin on Tuesday, the county’s voters said “yes” to a five-year continuation of the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education. The final, unofficial vote tally was 833 votes in favor of the E-SPLOST, or 83.89 percent, to 160 votes in opposition, or […]

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BOE Adopts Pre-K Start Date; 2018-19 Calendar

The Stephens County School System will once again start its Pre-K students a day earlier than the rest of the school system. On Tuesday, the Board of Education unanimously approved a Pre-K start date of August 2, 2017, a day earlier than the start date for Kindergarten and the rest of the system. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said […]

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Search Ongoing for Stolen Statue

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a giraffe statue stolen from a local agency. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that sometime during the daytime hours on Friday, someone stole the large giraffe statue from the entrance to the Powerhouse for Kids Child Advocacy Center. Powerhouse for Kids is a child advocacy center […]

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Storms Move Through Stephens, NE Ga.

Thunderstorms bring rain, wind, thunder, and lightning during the nighttime hours. A line of storms moved through the area Tuesday evening and night, bringing a total of 0.31 inches of rain. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center did not have any wind or hail reports from Stephens County listed. However, the Storm Prediction Center did have reports of hail […]

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Stephens Co. Voters Decide Today on E-SPLOST

Stephens County voters will make a decision today on whether to renew the Stephens County school system’s E-SPLOST for another five years. Today is Election Day. Stephens County Registrar Bill Cochran said polls will be open all day today at the Stephens County Senior Center on Rose Lane in Toccoa. “Polls open at 7 a.m., they will close at 7 […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Still Working on Financing

The Stephens County Hospital Authority continues to work on getting everything together to borrow up to $15 million in long-term bonds. Monday night, the Hospital Authority met for its monthly meeting. Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said that the hospital is hard at work on both its short-term loan and long-term bond financing. “We have worked on the loan documents and […]

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Proposal to Limit Ground Floor Residences in Downtown Toccoa Commercial Properties Moves Forward

An ordinance that would place restrictions on ground floor residences in the historic downtown district in commercial properties in Toccoa moves one step closer to adoption. Last Thursday, the Toccoa Planning Commission took up consideration of the proposed ordinance amendment. Toccoa Planning and Community Development Director Connie Tabor said that the planning commission reviewed that proposal and gave its blessing […]

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Stephens Co. BOE To Meet Today

The Stephens County Board of Education meets later today for a regularly scheduled business meeting. That meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. at the school system’s Administrative Offices on Big A School Road in Toccoa. Items on the agenda include consideration of approval of a Pre-K start date for 2017, consideration of the 2018-2019 calendar, and an analysis of the […]

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State Ag Officials Survey Crop Damage

State officials look at damage done to crops by last week’s freezing temperatures. Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black joined House Ag Committee Chair Tom McCall late last week to survey the damage to fruit and vegetable crops from freezing temperatures that hit the state on Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16. The extreme temperatures were felt border to border, […]

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