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Stephens Co. Solar Panel Project Moving Forward

January 16, 2014
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A solar panel farm project in Stephens County appears to be moving full speed ahead. Tuesday, the Stephens County Development Authority board voted to approve and execute a lease agreement with a company called United Renewable Energy of Alpharetta for the company to construct a solar panel farm on land the Development Authority owns...

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Initial TNG Figures From Cold Snap Coming In

January 16, 2014
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Toccoa Natural Gas is reporting some initial figures regarding gas usage related to last week’s cold snap. Officials say that, according to figures provided by the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia, during the period of 10 a.m. January 6 to 10 a.m. January 7, 9,320 Mcf of natural gas went through the city’s pipeline....

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Hart Co. To Pursue Operation of Corps Parks

January 16, 2014
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By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Hart County Commissioners will pursue taking over two parks now run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers but scheduled for closure. In November, the Corps announced it was closing Milltown Campground in HartCounty permanently and temporarily closing Longpoint Park. At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Hart...

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Scarborough Serving as Stephens Co. Commission Chair

January 15, 2014
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Stephens County Commissioners select their chair and vice-chair for 2014. The county commission held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday and unanimously voted to name Dean Scarborough as Chairman and Dennis Bell as Vice-Chairman. Scarborough said he is looking forward to again serving as Chairman of the County Commission. “I want to...

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Stephens Co. Sets Qualifying Fees for County Commission, BOE

January 15, 2014
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Stephens County sets its qualifying fees for this year’s General Election ballot. County commissioners voted unanimously to set the qualifying fees for both the Stephens County Commission and Stephens County Board of Education races on the ballot this year at Tuesday’s meeting. The fees are set at three percent of the position’s base salary,...

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Stephens Co. Relay for Life Kick-off Thursday

January 15, 2014
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The American Cancer Society is getting ready to start up another Relay for Life campaign in Stephens County. This year’s Relay for Life Kick-off Event is scheduled for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Tugalo Street in downtown Toccoa. American Cancer Society Stephens County Community Manager Tracey Long said...

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Students Back at S. Hart Elementary

January 15, 2014
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By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia South Hart Elementary School students are back in class after having most of last week off due to damage from last week’s freezing temperatures. When the sub-zero cold hit last Tuesday, pipes burst at South Hart Elementary, affecting seven classrooms, five hallways and the main atrium. Hart County...

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Fry Named Toccoa Mayor for 2014

January 14, 2014
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Gail Fry will serve as Mayor for Toccoa in 2014. Monday, the city commission unanimously voted to have Fry take over as Mayor for the next 12 months. The commission selects a mayor and vice-mayor from among itself each year. Fry said she looked forward to serving as Mayor. “We have a great commission,”...

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Savannah Lane, Part of Adjacent Alley to be Abandoned

January 14, 2014
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Toccoa City Commissioners make the final decision to abandon Savannah Lane and part of an adjacent alley. Commissioners once again heard the final reading of that proposed abandonment Monday. The First United Methodist Church requested the abandonment, stating that they own all of the property around what is proposed to be abandoned and would...

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Ga. Trust Receives Grant for Work at Travelers’ Rest

January 14, 2014
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A local historic site will receive funding to help with rehabilitation and maintenance efforts. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation announced recently that the Terrell Family Foundation, a Georgia based non-profit organization, has awarded a $4,000 grant to the Georgia Trust to go towards work at Travelers Rest State Historic Site. Travelers Rest was...

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