School Board Fills Vacancies

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The Stephens County Board of Education will once again have a full board after it votes to fill two vacant seats. Tuesday, the Board of Education voted unanimously to name Bill Wheeler to the District 2 vacancy created by Jeff Webb’s resignation in April and Mark Smith to the District 3 vacancy created by Jim Ledford’s resignation in May. Wheeler […]

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Stephens Co. School System Approves FY 17 Budget

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The Stephens County Board of Education approves the school system’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to approve that budget. According to Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey, there are no changes from the tentative budget that board members approved at a meeting last month. The Stephens County school system Fiscal Year 2017 budget totals just under […]

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Hospital Still Working on Wilkinson Addition

Stephens County Hospital said an addition at its Wilkinson Center is now looking at a mid-August opening date. According to Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson, crews are still finishing up work on the project and it has taken a little bit longer than first anticipated. “We just had a little bit of a slowdown with the finishing touches,” said Anderson. “They […]

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New Ag Degree Coming to Emmanuel College

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A new Bachelor’s Degree program is starting at Emmanuel College in a few weeks. This Fall, Emmanuel College will begin its Diversified Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree program. Recently, Emmanuel College announced the approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to begin a Diversified Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree program. Owen Thomason is […]

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Lavonia Police Search For Stolen Car

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Lavonia Police Department is still looking for a vehicle stolen over the weekend. A green Chrysler PT Cruiser was allegedly stolen from a Lavonia residence Saturday night. 24-year-old Kayla Cobb of Lavonia was arrested after surveillance video was seen of Cobb driving the vehicle. However, she was not driving the vehicle at the […]

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DHS Issuing Replacement Cards After Cyberattack

Following a cyberattack on a major nationwide retailer, the Georgia Department of Human Services says it is working to ensure the security of its customers and employees. The Department and its vendor, Xerox, are replacing 7,292 DHS-administered debit cards branded with a MasterCard or Visa logo that may have been compromised in the cyberattack. The cards allow Department employees, child […]

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Smith Joins Toccoa Clinic

The Toccoa Clinic welcomes a new certified nurse practitioner to its staff. Certified nurse practitioner Rachel Smith has joined the Toccoa Clinic in its Internal Medicine department. Smith earned her licensed practical nursing certification from Lanier Tech and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Excelsior College of New York. Then in May, she completed the family nurse practitioner program at […]

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Stephens Co. BOE To Meet Tonight

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The Stephens County Board of Education is expected to fill both of its current board vacancies at its regular business meeting later today. Stephens County school board members are meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Big A School Road in Toccoa. On the meeting agenda is discussion of filling both the District […]

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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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