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Long-Range Weather Forecast Shows Possible Below Normal Temps Moving Forward

January 9, 2015

Now that winter has arrived in full swing, the question becomes what kind of winter will the area have over the next few months. State Climatologist Bill Murphey said that long-term weather models are always less predictable and more subject to change because circumstances can change over time. With that in mind, Murphey said...

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Power Outage Thursday Morning, But Few Other Problems in Toccoa

January 9, 2015

It is a little warmer in downtown Toccoa this morning, but it is still cold. That is after temperatures Thursday morning got down to 12 degrees in the downtown area. City of Toccoa officials said they had no problems with any water or utility lines on Thursday. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said that...

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Franklin Co. BOE To Meet Saturday

January 9, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County’s School Board will be meeting Saturday for a work session retreat and among the issues the board plans to discuss is the recent release of the State’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index or CCRPI. The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system. Implemented in 2012, it...

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Dorsey Responds to Grand Jury Report

January 8, 2015

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said there were no surprises in his mind in the grand jury report released Tuesday regarding the financial problems that have plagued the Stephens County School System. Dorsey said everything that the grand jury said in its report is what he expected to hear. “I think it was...

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Pinkerton Responds to Grand Jury Report

January 8, 2015

Stephens County Board of Education Chair Dr. Elizabeth Pinkerton is also responding to the grand jury report. She echoed the thought that the report contained no surprises. “I guess it was mostly as was expected,” said Pinkerton. In its report Tuesday, the grand jury said it believes a combination of leadership missteps and external...

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Cold Start This Morning in Stephens Co.

January 8, 2015

The Stephens County school system is starting as normal this morning. On its website, the school system says that schools will begin at the regularly scheduled times today. The school system does say that buses will stop to wait on students to get from their homes to the bus for pick-up. Meanwhile, Franklin County...

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Ag Dept. Offers Advice for Animals in Cold

January 8, 2015

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...

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Grand Jury Releases Report on School System Financial Woes

January 7, 2015

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...

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Changes Made At Cannery in Cost Saving Effort

January 7, 2015

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...

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Get Ready for Arctic Blast

January 7, 2015

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...

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