Collins Introduces Open Book on EAJA Act

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins is introducing legislation he said will require more accountability from federal agencies. Collins and Democratic Representative Steve Cohen from Tennessee have introduced H.R. 1933, the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act. The EAJA requires federal agencies to reimburse plaintiffs for legal fees incurred through suits in which the agency pursued an unjustified […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Gets Financial Update

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey updates the school board on some financial matters. Dorsey provided that update at Thursday’s work session for the Stephens County Board of Education. He said that the school system continues to wait on the Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 audits from the state auditors. According to Dorsey, the system was recently notified of further […]

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Extreme Drought Back Into Stephens Co.

Extreme drought is creeping back into Stephens County. According to the latest drought monitor report issued on Thursday, extreme drought had reached back into western Stephens County. That is the second-most severe level of drought in the drought monitor report. Previously, all of Stephens County had been in severe drought with extreme drought limited to Habersham County. The eastern part […]

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Two Injured in Thursday Accident

An accident in Toccoa sends two people to the hospital. It happened around noon Thursday in Toccoa on Big A Road, in the area of McDonald’s and Farmers Home Furniture. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell says two vehicles were involved in the accident. Jarrell says that two people were transported to Stephens County Hospital as a result of the accident […]

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Local Students Represented at Show In Perry

Numerous Stephens County students recently represented the county in the National Junior Swine Association Southeast Regional and Winter Type Conference. That event took place from January 26 through January 29 in Perry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. In all, 10 students participated in the event from Stephens County. They were as follows: • Selah Baker-Pre-K at Big A; 7th place […]

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Franklin Co. Authorities Help Take Down Drug Ring

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office assists in the take-down of a multi-state drug ring. This week, United States Attorney Beth Drake announced that two members of a large, multi-state drug trafficking organization were sentenced back on February 9 in federal district court. Authorities said 36-year-old Mister T. Crocker of Columbia, South Carolina and 37-year-old Lashaun Fair of Anderson, South Carolina […]

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Toccoa Cemetery Mapping Project Complete

The city of Toccoa has new, computerized maps of its city cemetery. Monday, Toccoa City Clerk Fredda Wheeler made the announcement that her and staff from the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission had completed the re-mapping project of the Toccoa City Cemetery. “I am here to announce today proudly and boldly that the project is complete,” said Wheeler. “The software that […]

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County Denies Road Acceptance Request

Stephens County Commissioners deny a request to bring a private drive into the county road maintenance system at this time. On Tuesday, the Stephens County Commission voted unanimously to deny at this time a request to put Sunshine Ridge Drive onto the county road maintenance system. Sunshine Ridge Drive is located off of Prather Bridge Road, near Lake Hartwell and […]

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