Hydrant Flushing Underway in Toccoa

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Hydrant flushing is underway throughout the city of Toccoa water system. The City of Toccoa Water Department said it will be opening fire hydrants throughout the system over the next few weeks. According to city officials, the hydrant flushing began on Sunday and will continue through Thursday, October 27. It will take place between the hours of 9 p.m. and […]

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Stephens Co. Receives Award At Summit

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Stephens County is recognized for its work on improving broadband Internet access at a recent conference. Last week, the North Georgia Network held the first Georgia Gigabit Communities Summit in Clarkesville. The summit also included a number of speakers who shared real-world broadband success stories and lessons learned from their own communities. Among those recognized as a Georgia Gigabit Community […]

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IRS Issues Fall Tax Reminders

The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to consider a mid-year tax withholding check-up. According to IRS Spokesman Mark Green, taking a closer look at taxes being withheld can help ensure that the right amount is withheld. Green said that could mean more money in someone’s pocket if too much is being withheld. “A lot of times I get individuals […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Reporting $4 Million Loss

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Stephens County Hospital says it lost an estimated $4.2 million in the fiscal year that just ended. Members of the Stephens County Hospital Authority met with Stephens County Commissioners Dean Scarborough and Stanley London, along with Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers on Tuesday to discuss the hospital’s financial state. The hospital’s fiscal year ended on Friday. Stephens County Hospital Authority […]

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Solar Panels Being Added to Stephens Co. Site

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More solar panels are going up on land off of Turner Road in Stephens County. According to Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin, United Renewable Energy is putting up a third solar project on the land it first leased, then bought from the Stephens County Development Authority. Martin says the expectation is that the new solar panels will […]

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Humane Shelter Helps Rescue Hall Co. Dogs

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The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter works with regional partners to help rescue a number of dogs in another county. Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said that the Toccoa shelter recently worked with the Atlanta Humane Society on the rescue of 48 Shelties from a Hall County breeder who could no longer care for the dogs. “I got a call from a […]

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Kemp Reports Weekend Issue With Online Voter Registration

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office says there were issues with the state’s online voter registration system over the weekend. According to a statement from Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a technology provider for the Department of Driver Services attempted unsuccessfully to update a security certificate on Friday, causing some users of the Georgia Online Voter Registration System to […]

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Flu Vaccines Now Available in Stephens Co.

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Fall is here, which means flu season is arriving in Georgia. According to the Center for Disease Control, flu season typically lasts from October to May in the United States, but can occur at any time. Georgia District Two Public Health Spokesman Dave Palmer said that means now is a good time for residents to get that flu shot. “Looking […]

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