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Stephens Co. Hospital Offers Bill Discount

March 21, 2013

Stephens County Hospital is offering those who owe the hospital money an opportunity to pay that bill off at a discount. According to Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell, the hospital is offering a discount through the end of next month. “Through April 30, we are offering a 20 percent discount to any patient who pays...

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Stephens Co. School System Hires Finance Director

March 20, 2013

The Stephens County School System has a new finance director. Tuesday, the Stephens County Board of Education approved the hiring of Justin Beecher as the school system’s new finance director. According to Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten, Beecher is originally from Toccoa and is a graduate of the Stephens County School System. Whiten...

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HB 226 Watched By Concerned Citizens Group

March 20, 2013

The Concerned Citizens of Toccoa-Stephens County are keeping an eye on a bill in the state Legislature that has attempted to change the definition of composting. Members of the group traveled to Atlanta last week to testify in front of the Senate’s Natural Resources and Environment Committee about House Bill 226. According to Concerned...

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IRS Issues Reminder About Unclaimed Refunds

March 20, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding Georgians who did not file a 2009 tax return to make sure they are not owed any money from that tax year. IRS Spokesman Mark Green said that the agency has about $27 million in unclaimed refunds awaiting just over 31,000 individuals from 2009. Green said that people...

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Stephens Co. Hospital Renews Health Insurance

March 20, 2013

Employees at Stephens County Hospital will soon pay more for their health insurance. Monday, the Stephens County Hospital Authority unanimously approved a renewal of the hospital’s health insurance policy. According to Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell, the current policy expires on April 30 and the new policy begins on May 1. Gambrell said...

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Police Blotter

March 20, 2013

A Martin resident is reporting a theft to the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office. According to a report on file, a deputy responded to River Ridge Road on Saturday, where a man told the deputy that his Moped was stolen last week. The report states that the theft is believed to have occurred between March...

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Free Health Screenings Today

March 20, 2013

Free health screenings are available this afternoon at the Open Arms Clinic in Toccoa. The free screenings will be for high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. They will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Open Arms Clinic, which is located on Big A Road in Toccoa. The Georgia Regents University/University...

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Stephens Co. Hospital Auxiliary To Fall Under Hospital’s Legal Umbrella

March 19, 2013

The Stephens County Hospital Auxiliary will soon come under the legal umbrella of Stephens County Hospital. That’s after a motion approved at Monday’s meeting of the Stephens County Hospital Authority. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell says that since the Auxiliary was founded in 1962, it has been a separate legal entity with a...

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Unemployment Rate Up, But More Employed in Stephens Co. In January

March 19, 2013

The first month of 2013 in Stephens County brings mixed results on the unemployment front. According to figures released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate for January was 9.5 percent. That is four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised December 2012 rate of 9.1 percent....

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Stephens Co. Purchases Van For Inmate Work Crew

March 19, 2013

Stephens County purchases a vehicle for its new inmate work crew. Last week, Stephens County Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of a van for the crew at a cost of $23,389. The 2013 Econoline van will be purchased from Toccoa Ford. According to officials, the county received four local bids on the van, with...

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