SCDA Welcomes Members, Names Officers, Approves FY 15 Budget

The Stephens County Development Authority welcomes new board members and selects officers. Tuesday’s Development Authority meeting was the first for new members Chuck Wright and Greg Roach. Stephens County Commissioners appointed Wright to a five-year term on the Development Authority board last month. Meanwhile, Roach is beginning a one-year term on the Development Authority board that goes along with his […]

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New Stephens Co. Family Connection Coordinator Named

A new director is in place for Family Connection of Stephens County. Last week, Allyson Rickman Warren took over as the Coordinator for that organization. She takes the place of Toni Childress, who took a position as a Region Two Community Support Specialist with Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Inc. Warren is a graduate of Stephens County High School and has […]

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Lavonia Gets New Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The City of Lavonia has a new fire chief and assistant fire chief. At its meeting Monday evening, the Lavonia City Council unanimously approved the appointments of Scott O’Barr as the new Lavonia Fire Chief and Shane Bentley as the Assistant Fire Chief. O’Barr replaces Bob White who retired after 23 years of service. […]

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Stephens Co. Looks At Building Permit and Inspection Fees

Stephens County will continue to look at its building permit fees. County commissioners discussed the current fee schedule on Tuesday. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that Stephens County’s fees are very competitive. “We are pretty much the lowest around us,” said Ayers. For example, a 4272 square foot commercial building permit total cost in Stephens County is $1,095.20. White […]

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Stephens Co. To Purchase Bucket Truck, Chipper

Stephens County will purchase a bucket truck and chipper to help the Public Works Department remove or trim back trees more efficiently. Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of a used bucket truck and a used chipper in the total amount of $70,000. The county is using SPLOST V money to make the purchase. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers […]

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Lavonia Police Receive State Certification

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Lavonia Police Department is state certified again after recently receiving its third State Certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said state certification means his department and officers hold to the highest standards of law enforcement. “State Certification is a program Georgia law enforcement agencies may […]

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Toccoa-Stephens Co. Humane Shelter Director Receives Six Month Contract Extension

The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter Board votes to extend the contract of Shelter Director Jeff Roberts for another six months. Board members approved that by a unanimous vote at their meeting Monday. Roberts’ original one-year contract was set to expire on August 1. Shelter Board Chair Stanley London said the six-month extension gives the board further time to evaluate Roberts […]

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Animal Shelter Followed Policy in Adopting Out Dogs Turned in by Man’s Friends, Says Board Chair

A man whose friends took his dogs to the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter while he was out of town will not get them back after they have been adopted to new homes. The shelter board announced that decision had been made on Monday. Last month, Thomas Powell spoke before Stephens County Commissioners and the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter. He said […]

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