Red Cross Puts Out Call for Platelet Donations

The American Red Cross said it has an emergency need for eligible donors to make an appointment now to give platelets to ensure critical patient needs are met. Platelets are the clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and must be transfused within five days of donation, and therefore, are always in great demand. According to […]

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Reported Structure Fire Friday

Stephens County fire crews responded to a reported structure fire on Friday. It occurred during the morning hours on Cleveland Drive. That is along Lake Hartwell, off of Ridgemore Drive and Holly Springs Road. Also, there were reports of emergency crews responding to an apparent accident over the weekend in the New Hope area of Stephens County.

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Stephens Co. BOE Gets Facility Update

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Stephens County school system staff is still working to put together bids on a couple of purchases involving Stephens County High School. At a work session on Thursday, the Board of Education received a facility update on the high school. Last month, the school board approved for staff to obtain bids on the installation of steps from the parking lot […]

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Family Connection Fundraiser Coming Up This Month

A trivia contest involving both Stephens County students and area adults this month will help raise money for a local organization. Family Connection of Stephens County is hosting the third annual “Are You Smarter than a Stephens County 5th Grader?” competition on October 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tugaloo Performing Arts Center at Stephens County High School in Toccoa. […]

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Enrollment Up at NGTC

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North Georgia Technical College is seeing higher enrollment numbers. The school announced this week that for the Fall Semester, North Georgia Tech saw an increase in numbers for overall total enrollment from all three campuses – Clarkesville, Blairsville and Currahee. North Georgia Technical College said it realized a 6.6 percent increase in students with a total enrollment of 2,843 for […]

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State Marks National Fire Prevention Week

This week is National Fire Prevention Week and Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens wants to encourage everyone to observe the theme of, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” A recent survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Agency revealed that only a small percentage of people know exactly how old their […]

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Toccoa Renews Employee Health Insurance

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Toccoa city employees will see an increase in the amount they pay for health insurance next year, though the city will still cover the same percentage of premium costs. On Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners approved the employee health insurance renewal for 2017 based on recommendations from staff. The city will keep current Blue Cross-Blue Shield coverage with the Georgia Municipal […]

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GDOT Awards Re-Surfacing Projects

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A re-surfacing project on State Route 106 in Stephens and Franklin counties gets the go-ahead to move forward. Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced that it has awarded a bid for just under 10 miles of re-surfacing along State Route 106 to Colditz Trucking of Blairsville for about $2.684 million. Re-surfacing is slated to take place on State Route […]

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