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Doyle St. Pool Still Not Open

June 28, 2013

The Doyle Street Pool remains closed as work continues to get the pool open for swimming. Toccoa-Stephens County YMCA CEO Robin Dake said Friday that they have still not been able to properly balance the chemicals in the pool as required to get Health Department approval and open the pool. So it will not...

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Stephens Co. Unemployment Figures Show Mixed Results in May

June 28, 2013

Recent unemployment figures from the Georgia Department of Labor deliver mixed news for Stephens County. According to the figures for the month of may released Wednesday, Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate for the month of may jumped to 8.2 percent. That is a six-tenths of a percentage point increase from the revised April unemployment...

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Franklin Co. Plans To Consolidate Voting Precincts

June 28, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Elections officials in Franklin County want to reduce the number of voting precincts in their county. The Franklin County Board of Elections has voted to consolidate the county’s 13 voting precincts down to four based on the county commission districts. At a work session Tuesday night, Franklin County...

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New “Jailhouse Rock” Date Announced

June 28, 2013

Organizers have announced a new date for the “Jailhouse Rock” fundraiser to benefit the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter. The annual fundraiser will now take place on Saturday, August 24. It will start at 6 p.m. and still take place at the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical College. Besides dinner, the event is scheduled...

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Shirley’s Shelter Open House Sunday

June 28, 2013

A local homeless shelter is hosting an open house this weekend. Shirley’s Shelter for the Homeless is holding an open house this Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. to show off its newly constructed men’s apartment. The shelter is located on South Alexander Street in Toccoa. Refreshments will be served.

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SCSO Investigating Home Invasion

June 27, 2013

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion earlier this week. According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, deputies received a call from a Rock Creek Circle residence early Tuesday morning. “We got a call at about 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday regarding a home invasion where some individuals forced open the door...

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No Change Yet on Wilbros Court Order

June 27, 2013

Attorneys for both sides in the Wilbros’ civil suit are waiting to hear back from the judge after each completing their own proposed new joint order to replace a court order already in place. According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the new order would replace one issued in January that made the consent...

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Gasaway Hosts Meet and Greet

June 27, 2013

28th District State Representative Dan Gasaway appears in Stephens County. The first-term Republican State Representative held a “meet and greet” with local residents Tuesday evening in downtown Toccoa. Gasaway said it went well and was pleased to have an opportunity to discuss a number of different positive things taking place in the area. “We...

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Friday Deadline To Apply for Soon-to-be Vacant School Board Seat

June 27, 2013

Time is running out for those interested in filling the soon-to-be vacated seat of Jerry Steele on the Stephens County Board of Education. The deadline to submit a letter of interest about filling the seat is Friday. Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten says that as of Wednesday morning, two people had submitted letters...

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One Injured in Ridgeland Rd. Fire

June 27, 2013

More information is available on a fire Tuesday in Stephens County. According to Eastanollee Volunteer Fire Chief Jamey Gettys, Eastanollee Fire, along with assistance from Martin and New Hope, responded to a Ridgeland Road residence Tuesday at about 4:30 p.m. He said that an outbuilding had caught fire after a lawnmower exploded with someone...

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