Stephens County Schools Receive Good Budget Report

At Thursday’s Stephens County Board of Education meeting a review of the general fund balance from July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015 showed an excess of revenue of $547,935.83 with 100 percent of the fiscal year complete. The general fund balance also showed that the Stephens County School System came in under budget in expenditures at 95%. Other action taken at […]

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Salvation Army Couple Happy to be in Toccoa

A couple from Atlanta is now in charge of operations and ministry at the Salvation Army in Toccoa. Lts. Shaning and Melody Moran arrived from the Salvation Army Training School in Atlanta a little over a month ago. The Moran’s feel they are called to do this service. “It is definitely a special calling that the lord gives you.” Says […]

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Royston City Council, Mayor Approve Raise

The Royston City Council and Mayor have voted themselves a pay raise – the first one in ten years. At their meeting Tuesday evening, the Council went over a comparison of what their members are paid a month compared to other Franklin County municipalities and what they found was a surprise. According to the comparison, Royston City Council members and […]

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Stephens County Commission to Wait on Tower Ordinance

At Tuesday’s Stephens County Commission meeting commissioners were expecting to adopt a new tower ordinance, but after hearing from citizens Brian Dooley, and John Smith concerning the language used in the proposed ordinance, commissioners decided to revisit the language used in the ordinance and table a decision until their September meeting. Other actions taken during Tuesday’s meeting included: Approval of […]

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Sex Offender Nabbed in North Carolina

A convicted sex offender from Stephens County has been arrested in North Carolina. Anthony Mike Lewallen was arrested last week in Fayetteville, North Carolina for failure to register as a sex offender. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley tells WNEG news how the arrest was made. “July 30th my office received an anonymous tip through OFFENDER WATCH, a newly acquired program […]

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Sheriff Urges Safety for Back to School

Stephens County students return to school tomorrow (Friday) and the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind motorists to slow down and remember basic safety tips when heading to and from school. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley reminds drivers to drive defensively and be focused and aware. “Be on alert and expect the unexpected.” Says Shirley; “We want you to […]

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NGTC Currahee Campus to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that only ten years ago North Georgia Technical College opened the doors to a brand new, state-of-the-art branch campus in Stephens County.  Known as the Currahee Campus, the facility is located on a 50-acre site in the Hayestone-Brady Industrial Park on Highway 17 between Toccoa and Lavonia. In honor of this special milestone, North Georgia Technical […]

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City of Toccoa Keeps Millage Rate at 6 Mills

Toccoa’s City Commission keeps the millage rate the same for 2015. At Monday night’s Toccoa City Commission meeting commissioners approved the proposal to keep the millage rate the same as the last three years at a rate of 6 mills. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse explains; “Taylor Business Systems, the software provider for property taxes, has scheduled our taxes to […]

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Toccoa Receives Impressive ISO Rating

The City of Toccoa and Toccoa City Commissioners celebrated a high ISO (International Organization for Standardization) rating at their meeting on Monday evening. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse announced the accomplishment. “Very little is accomplished in life without good teamwork and I think that we have had that in our community in many ways.” Morse Said; “In this case the […]

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