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SCH, Other Hospitals Affected By New Federal Rules on Medicare

January 27, 2015

Stephens County Hospital, along with most other hospitals, will see a slight payment reduction from Medicare under new pay for performance standards put in place by the federal government. Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell updated the Hospital Authority on the new standards at last week’s monthly Authority meeting. Gambrell said the hospital will face a...

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Lavonia P.D. Gets GOHS Grant

January 27, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Lavonia Police Department is the recipient of a $10,000 equipment grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said the grant will come in handy to purchase some new equipment. “We have received this grant several times in the past,” Carlisle said....

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Funeral Services Today For Woman Hit By Train

January 27, 2015

Funeral services are scheduled for today for the woman killed when she was struck by a train earlier this month in Stephens County. Graveside services for 36-year-old Olympia Ann Fleming will be today at 2 p.m. at Hurricane Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Martin. Fleming, of East Whitman Street in Toccoa, was killed when...

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Police Blotter

January 27, 2015

A Toccoa man is reporting a theft to the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office. According to a report from the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy responded to Prather Bridge Road on Sunday, where a man reported that numerous personal items had been taken from his property. The report said that nearly $2,000 worth of...

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Ga. DOT Announces Temporary Traffic Changes Along SR 17 Corridor

January 26, 2015

The State Route 17 construction project in Stephens County will bring about a number of temporary traffic changes starting today if the weather permits. Two of the changes are in the southern end of Stephens County. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Teri Pope said one of the traffic changes taking place today is the...

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Illinois Fugitive Arrested in Toccoa

January 26, 2015

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office assists in the arrest of an out-of-state fugitive in Toccoa. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office’s DELTA unit was called to assist U.S. Marshals in the arrest of 29-year-old Richard W. Taylor of Trenton, Illinois last week. Shirley said authorities caught up with Taylor at an Avon...

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Toccoa City Commission Meeting Today

January 26, 2015

Toccoa City Commissioners have a busy day planned. Today, city commissioners will meet for both a retreat and a regular meeting. The retreat will begin at 12 p.m. and take place in the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room in downtown Toccoa. During the retreat, the city commission will first look back at accomplishments by department...

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TFC Offering First Responder Tuition Discount

January 26, 2015

Toccoa Falls College said it is offering 50 percent off tuition to all full time emergency first responders. The school made the announcement earlier this month in recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. TFC President Dr. Robert Myers said the school wanted to do something tangible for all first responders including police officers,...

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Stephens Co. Jury Duty Announcement

January 23, 2015

Stephens County Clerk of Court Tim Quick said Friday afternoon that the jury scheduled to report on Monday, January 26th has now been cancelled for the week. Jurors do not need to report.

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Stephens Co. BOE Finalizes Cuts, Adjusts Calendar

January 23, 2015

The Stephens County school system finalizes the laying off of about 30 employees. On Thursday, the Stephens County Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to approve a Human Resources Report that included the termination of 28 classified employees and the resignation of 1 classified employee. Board member Rodney Moore, Jr. was again the...

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