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Hudgens Issues Initial Winter Storm Damage Cost Estimate

February 19, 2014
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Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is putting a number on the estimated insured losses in Georgia from last week’s winter storm. Hudgens said that those estimated insured losses in Georgia from last week’s winter storm stand at $25 million. The estimate was based on claims reported by various property and casualty insurance companies. The...

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Turkey Quota Hunt Application Deadline Extended

February 19, 2014
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With many Georgians experiencing power outages and other challenges this past week, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is extending the turkey quota hunt application deadline through 11:59 p.m. tonight. Wildlife Resources Division Game Management Section Chief John Bowers said the Department wants to give sportsmen and women every opportunity to apply...

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Special Election Voter Registration Deadline Today

February 18, 2014
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Today is an important deadline regarding the March 18 special election in Stephens County. “Today is the last day to register to vote for the special election that is coming up on March 18,” said Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley.  ”If they are not registered by the end of today, they cannot vote in...

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Dispute Over Stephens Co. Hospital Medicare Funds Continues

February 18, 2014
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Stephens County Hospital continues trying to resolve a dispute over hundreds of thousands of dollars in Medicare funds. Last Fall, the hospital reported that it had around $800,000 in Medicare funds withheld by Medicare over a dispute that stems from Medicare paperwork filed by the hospital back in Fiscal Year 2009. Hospital Administrator Ed...

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BBB Offers Storm Damage Repair Advice

February 18, 2014
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The Better Business Bureau is offering advice for anyone who may have suffered damage from ice or snow as a result of last week’s winter storm. BBB Spokesman Mike Boynton said there are several things people should keep in mind if they have suffered damage from the storm that needs repair. “There are a...

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Plantiffs File Brief in Wilbros Civil Court Case

February 18, 2014
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Stephens County and the other plaintiffs involved in the civil suit against the Wilbros facility on Rose Lane in Stephens County have filed court papers in support of their call for a court order to shut the Wilbros facility down and hold Wilbros in contempt of court. Those court documents argue that since the...

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TCC, City DDA Meet for Work Session

February 17, 2014
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Toccoa City Commissioners look at the year ahead in downtown Toccoa with the city’s Downtown Development Authority. The two boards met for a joint work session last Monday. Joining the boards was Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Downtown Development Director Billy Peppers. He said that small businesses and downtown can have more...

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May 26 Now School Make-up Day in Stephens Co.

February 17, 2014
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The Stephens County School System is setting a second make-up day to recoup time lost to winter weather. School is already scheduled today as the system’s first make-up day. Now, Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said that students will also be in class on Monday, May 26. “That will make up two of...

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Ayers Civil Trial Continues Tuesday

February 17, 2014
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The civil trial taking place in connection to the 2009 shooting death of Lavonia pastor the Rev. Jonathan Ayers is scheduled to resume tomorrow. That’s according to the U.S. District Court Office in Gainesville. The trial only took place on Monday last week due to the winter storm that moved through north Georgia. Opening...

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Franklin Co. Concerned About Jail Expansion Cost

February 17, 2014
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By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County Commissioners are balking at the proposed cost of expanding the Franklin County Detention Center. At its regular meeting earlier this month, the Franklin County Commission heard from architect Tom Wright of Wright, Mitchell & Associates. He said even with some trimming of the design, the total...

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