Joint Commission Makes Normal Return Visit for Hospital Re-accreditation

Stephens County Hospital gets the final “OK” from the Joint Commission on a three-year re-accreditation. Hospital officials told the Stephens County Hospital Authority on Monday at its regular monthly meeting that the accreditation team from the Joint Commission recently made its expected return visit. The Joint Commission made an initial visit in June and found a couple of minor things […]

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Veterans Workshops This Month at Labor Department

Workshops for veterans will take place in Cornelia and Toccoa this week. The Cornelia event will be held Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Georgia Department of Labor’s Habersham Area Career Center, located at 215 Hodges Street in Cornelia. Meanwhile, the Toccoa event will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Georgia Department of Labor’s Toccoa Career […]

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Lavonia Animal Shelter Needs Supplies, Volunteers After Major Influx of Animals

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter in Lavonia is overwhelmed by an influx this week of unwanted dogs, cats, kittens and puppies and they are asking for emergency donations of supplies. Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter Director Tammi Jourdenais said in two days’ time, the shelter took in over 80 animals. “When we opened on Tuesday […]

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Ga. Power Offers Storm Safety Tips

With summer thunderstorms popping up in the region on a regular basis, Georgia Power is offering some storm tips to help keep people safe this summer. Tips from Georgia Power include never touching any downed wire or low hanging wire, including telephone or TV wires that touch a power line, or never pulling tree limbs off of power lines yourself. […]

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Bridge Work Starting Today on SR 184

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A road project is set to close a Stephens County bridge starting this week. The closure will involve the bridge over Toccoa Creek on State Route 184, or Prather Bridge Road. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Katie Strickland said the work is scheduled to start today and last for a period of 180 days. The expected project completion date is […]

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Sewer Expansion Project Starting in August


A Stephens County sewer expansion project is set to start soon. A pre-construction meeting for the first phase of a sewer expansion project on the Toccoa By-pass took place last Thursday. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said that work is scheduled to start on August 1. “What we will first see is the clearing along the right […]

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SCDA Approves FY 17 Budget, Property Acquisition Fund

The Stephens County Development Authority is setting aside money to help with buying property if it is needed in the future. On Thursday, the Development Authority voted to put $50,000 into an account at a local financial institution as seed money for a property acquisition fund. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said that the fund is possible […]

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Collins Appointed to Policing Strategies Working Group

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins will serve on a Congressional working group looking at policing strategies. Last week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers announced the establishment of a working group to examine police accountability, aggression towards law enforcement, and public safety concerns related to these issues. Collins was appointed to that working group. […]

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Don’t Pokemon Go and Drive, Says AAA

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Pokémon Go has become one of the most popular app based games over the past few days. Those playing the game – identified as “Pokémon trainers” – can be found staring at their phones while walking along city streets throughout the U.S.; but there is danger if those “trainers” decide to play while behind […]

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