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Court Denies Bond for Sims, Jr. While Ga. Supreme Court Decides on New Trial

August 28, 2014

A man convicted of murder in Stephens County in 2012 will stay in jail while courts determine whether he gets a new trial. Court officials report that Steve A. Sims, Jr. of Toccoa was denied bond at a hearing Wednesday in Stephens County Superior Court before Judge Chan Caudell. Attorneys for Sims, Jr. had...

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Phillips Steps Aside as Franklin Co. Manager, Still County Engineer

August 28, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia John Phillips is stepping aside as Franklin County Manager and returning to his previous job as Franklin County Engineer and Interim Planning Director. After coming out of an executive session meeting Tuesday evening, Franklin County Commission Chair Thomas Bridges announced the reshuffling of county personnel. Bridges said the...

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Stephens Co. Schools Working on System Level Accreditation

August 27, 2014

The Stephens County School System is continuing to work on system-level accreditation. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said the school system is currently working through the process to try to achieve system-level accreditation through AdvancED, which is the parent agency of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS. “For the first...

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Stephens County to Purchase New Aerial Photography

August 27, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners sign up to have an aerial flyover done of the county. Tuesday, county commissioners voted unanimously to sign a letter of intent to purchase digital products through the 2015 Georgia Mountains Regional Aerial Photography Project. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said the state is requiring the county to have its aerial...

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Resident Calls for City-County Consolidation Discussion To Help Alleviate Tax Burden

August 27, 2014

A Stephens County resident has asked county commissioners to consider again city-county consolidation in light of budget difficulties. Roger Herrick spoke to county commissioners Tuesday during the public comment portion of their meeting. Herrick said he is concerned about the shrinking the tax base and rising taxes in Stephens County and feels that consolidating...

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Toccoa Continues Gas System Expansion Efforts

August 27, 2014

The city of Toccoa continues efforts to expand its natural gas system to reach poultry houses interested in hooking onto natural gas. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously voted to formally approve a priority list put together by the Utilities Department for expanding the city’s natural gas system. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said the...

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NGTC Names New Position

August 27, 2014

A new position is starting up at North Georgia Technical College. Kallan Williams has accepted the position of Director of Retention and Student Navigation Services at North Georgia Technical College. Beginning this Academic Year, the Technical College System of Georgia created this position, and each of the colleges in the system will have a...

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Toccoa Commission Waiving City Building Permit Fees

August 26, 2014

The city of Toccoa is waiving building permit fees for the rest of the current fiscal year. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously voted first to approve a modified building permit fee schedule. Then, commissioners immediately followed that by voting to waive all building permit fees beginning immediately through June 30, 2015. Toccoa Mayor Gail...

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Toccoa Millage Rate Set, Remains Unchanged at 6 Mills

August 26, 2014

Toccoa City Commissioners keep the city’s millage rate the same for another year. Monday, city commissioners unanimously voted to set the city’s millage rate for this year at an even 6.00 mills. City Manager Billy Morse said that represents no change from last year or recent years. “The city millage rate has not increased...

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EPD, Wilbros Heading Back In Front of Appeal Judge Today

August 26, 2014

The hearing to decide Wilbros’ appeal of the administrative order from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division calling on the facility to close resumes today in Atlanta. Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker will continue to hear the appeal for the Office of State Administrative Hearings. According to the current calendar, the hearing will continue Wednesday...

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