Ag Dept. Offers Advice for Animals in Cold

With arctic air gripping the region, the Georgia Department of Agriculture is offering advice for making sure animals are taken care of in the cold. According to the Agriculture Department, small pets, especially younger and older ones, should be kept indoors. Officials say most heat loss occurs from ears, the respiratory tract and foot pads. Also, the Agriculture Department says […]

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Grand Jury Releases Report on School System Financial Woes

The Stephens County grand jury says it believes a combination of leadership missteps and external circumstances resulted in a loss of management control resulting in the financial problems now faced by the Stephens County school system. However, the grand jury also says it finds no evidence of fraudulent activity connected with the school system’s financial issues. The grand jury released […]

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Changes Made At Cannery in Cost Saving Effort

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said the school system has made some changes at the cannery in an effort to save money. Dorsey said that the school system has transferred the full-time employee to another position and is now operating the cannery with part-time employees in place that are supplemented with hours worked by the school system’s agriculture teachers. […]

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Get Ready for Arctic Blast

Stephens County and northeast Georgia are both getting ready for an arctic blast to move in today. State Climatologist Bill Murphey said a very strong arctic high pressure system is moving in and bringing with it, very cold temperatures beginning later today. “We are getting flow from the arctic coming straight down and it is going to dip into the […]

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Watch Pipes, Home Heating Devices During Cold

With an arctic blast on the way, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Georgians should remember that if their homes are damaged by extreme cold, they may get financial relief through their homeowners policies. Hudgens said that depending on the source of the property damage, someone may or may not be covered. He said there are a […]

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Food Distribution in Martin Today

Martin Baptist Church will hold a food distribution today. The church, in partnership with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, will distribute free food to all qualifying residents of the Martin area of Stephens and Franklin counties today from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the church’s gymnasium. Organizers say the participant’s signature on the form they sign at the […]

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Wilkinson, Gasaway Preview Legislative Session

Stephens County’s state legislators look ahead to the upcoming session in the Georgia General Assembly. 50th District State Senator John Wilkinson and 28th District State Representative Dan Gasaway both spoke to local leaders at a pre-legislative breakfast Monday at the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room in Toccoa. The two legislators said that three of the biggest issues that are likely to […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2015

Stephens County Hospital welcomes its New Year’s Baby for 2015. The hospital announced on Monday that this year’s proud parents of the New Year’s Baby are Mercedes Jean Frye and Shamarcus Anderson, both of Hartwell. Mom, Mercedes, said her baby is a healthy 6-pound, 2-ounce, 19 and 1/2″ long baby boy named Messiah Shamarie Anderson. “He is a blessing,” said […]

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