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Toccoa-Stephens Co. One of “Four for the Future”

April 10, 2014
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Toccoa and Stephens County are receiving recognition for the “Toccoa-Stephens County Tomorrow” program. Earlier this week, the city and county were recognized by Georgia Trend magazine and the University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach division with a “Four for the Future” award. Georgia Trend magazine says the award is designed to recognize communities...

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Hearing for Wilbros EPD Order Appeal Could Be In May

April 10, 2014
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Reports indicate a hearing on the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s administrative order to shut down the Wilbros facility in Stephens County could happen next month. The hearing for a judge to hear Wilbros’ appeal of that order is reportedly scheduled for the week of May 12th, but no exact date has been set yet....

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Stephens Co. Kindergarten Registration Starts Today

April 10, 2014
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Kindergarten registration is underway starting today in Stephens County. The Stephens County School System is holding Kindergarten registration today from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration for Kindergarten will take place at each of the county’s elementary schools. Children must be five years old on or before...

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Cause Undetermined In Carter’s Royal Dispos-All Fire

April 9, 2014
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No one was hurt after a fire Tuesday at a Stephens County business. Crews from Big Smith, Shiloh, and Eastanollee Fire Departments responded to Carter’s Royal Dispos-All off of Rock Creek Road in Stephens County Tuesday just after 11 a.m. Big Smith Fire Chief Jonathan Jordan said that vehicles towards the back of the...

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Challenges Faced In Repairing Stephens Roads, Says County

April 9, 2014
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Stephens County Public Works Director Tim Mitchem said his crews are doing the best they can to keep up with road repairs and maintenance throughout the county. Mitchem spoke to county commissioners about the county’s road situation on Tuesday. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said there is a backlog of county roads in dire...

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Grafton Welcomed to Stephens Co. Commission

April 9, 2014
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The Stephens County Commission officially welcomes its newest member. New Stephens County Commissioner Michelle Grafton attended her first meeting as a county commissioner on Tuesday morning. Grafton was elected last month to serve through December 31 to complete the term of the late Harold Andrews, who passed away last Fall. She takes the place...

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Stephens Co. To Purchase New Computers for Two Offices

April 9, 2014
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Stephens County will spend about $35,000 to upgrade computers in the Tax Commissioner’s and Tax Assessor’s Office. The county commission unanimously approved a budget amendment to make the purchase on Tuesday. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said the purchase is necessary because of the decision by Microsoft to no longer support Windows XP. “There is...

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Stephens Co. Still Working on Plan For Day Use Area

April 9, 2014
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Stephens County continues preparations to take over the complete operations at the Stephens County Recreation Area from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers updated commissioners during their meeting Tuesday on where things stand with those plans. She said county staff are working to put together a proposed plan for exactly...

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Hart Co. Leases Two Lake Parks from Corps

April 9, 2014
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By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Hart County has agreed to lease two parks on Lake Hartwell from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. At their regular meeting last month, the Board of Commissioners voted to lease both Long Point and Milltown Parks. Both parks were scheduled for permanent closure by the U.S. Army...

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SCSO Charges Three With Burglary

April 8, 2014
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Three Toccoa men face charges in connection to a reported burglary last month in Stephens County. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it started when his office responded to a reported burglary at a location on Jordan Road in Toccoa on March 24. “A few weeks ago, a homeowner came home to discover that...

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