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Collins’ ‘Sue and Settle’ Legislation Passes U.S. House

March 3, 2014
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The first bill introduced in Congress by 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins passes the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives this week passed House Resolution 1493, known as the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act. Collins’ office said the bill was packaged with three other pieces of legislation aimed at stopping...

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Oconee Bank Acquiring Stephens Federal

February 28, 2014
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A major change is coming to the banking world in Stephens County. A press release Thursday announced that Oconee Federal Financial Corporation had reached an agreement to acquire Stephens Federal Bank. Oconee Federal Financial Corporation is the holding company for Oconee Federal Savings and Loan Association. The banks expect to complete the merger later...

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Kaup to Serve as Stephens Co. Interim School Superintendent

February 28, 2014
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With the search for a new Stephens County School Superintendent taking longer than expected, the school system will have an interim superintendent until the job is filled permanently. Thursday, the Stephens County Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Assistant Superintendent Jason Kaup as the Interim Superintendent effective on April 1. Current School Superintendent...

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Toccoa to Mark Arbor Day Today

February 28, 2014
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Toccoa will celebrate Arbor Day at an event later today. The city’s Arbor Day ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. today at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club on Whitman Street in Toccoa. This year’s ceremony will include the children from the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, said organizers. Also, Toccoa Mayor Gail Fry and Keep...

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Toccoa Talks Utilities At Work Session

February 27, 2014
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The city of Toccoa continues to move forward on a number of different utility-related issues. City commissioners discussed those topics at a work session on Monday afternoon. One of the main topics commissioners discussed was the development of the city’s efforts in the area of compressed natural gas with vehicles. Toccoa City Manager Billy...

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Dogs Rescued from Retention Pond

February 27, 2014
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Toccoa-Stephens County Animal Control and Humane Shelter staff rescue a group of animals from an empty retention pond. Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said it happened on Monday in the Eastanollee community when they received a call about dogs that were in the empty retention area. “We got a call there were nine dogs in...

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Shirley Receives National Sheriffs’ Association Appointments

February 27, 2014
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Shirley Receives National Sheriffs’ Association Appointments

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley will serve on some national committees as part of his involvement in the National Sheriff’s Association. During the recent National Sheriff’s Association Conference in Washington, D.C., Shirley was appointed to serve on the Homeland Security Board and the National Juvenile Justice and Youth Committee. Shirley said that this is...

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Judge Finds Wilbros in Contempt

February 26, 2014
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A judge finds Wilbros in contempt after a two-day hearing in Stephens County Superior Court. On Tuesday, Judge Robert Adamson found Wilbros and the other defendants in a civil suit filed by Stephens County and other plaintiffs in contempt of the various Georgia Environmental Protection Division orders and by extension the judge’s court order...

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Authorities Asking for Help on Cold Case Homicide

February 26, 2014
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Authorities Asking for Help on Cold Case Homicide

As the three-year anniversary of a Toccoa homicide approaches, law enforcement and the victim’s family are again asking for the public’s help in finding those responsible for his death. 46-year-old Robert Lee Simmons, Jr. of Toccoa was found dead by a family member on the evening of March 1, 2011 at the Glendale Apartment...

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Stephens Co. Holds Land Use Public Hearing

February 26, 2014
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Most of the speakers at a Tuesday public hearing on a proposed Stephens County land use ordinance say they are in favor of it. Stephens County Commissioners held the public hearing and first reading of the proposed land use ordinance at their meeting on Tuesday. The proposed land use ordinance sets up classifications for...

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