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Hudgens Says 3.7 Million Georgians Affected by Anthem Computer Breach

March 2, 2015

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has said that the recent data breach and cyber-attack of Anthem Inc.’s computer system has potentially impacted millions of Georgians who may have had their personal information compromised. Anthem Inc. is the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. Anthem announced earlier this month that their computer network...

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Theft Investigation in Toccoa Leads To Arrests

February 27, 2015

A theft investigation leads to two arrests in Toccoa. Police Chief Tim Jarrell said it started when the Toccoa Police Department responded to an alarm at a Currahee Street convenience store on February 18. “Officers arrived,” said Jarrell. “They found that the front door glass had been busted out. It appears as if someone...

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Hospital Authority Finances Cardiac Monitoring Unit Purchase

February 27, 2015

Monday, the Stephens County Hospital Authority approved a financing agreement to pay for new cardiac monitoring equipment that the hospital recently agreed to purchase. Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said that while the purchase was already approved, hospital staff needed a signed resolution to be able to go through with paying for the...

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St. Mary’s Signs Letter of Intent for Ty Cobb Purchase

February 27, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia St. Mary’s Health Care System, Inc., announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in Lavonia, Ga., from Ty Cobb Healthcare System, Inc. Terms of the proposed purchase are confidential and several regulatory agencies must approve the transaction before...

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Million Dollar Ticket Sold in Toccoa

February 27, 2015

A Toccoa store sells a million dollar ticket. R K Foods, located at 1194 W. Currahee St. in Toccoa, sold a winning Powerball Quik Pik ticket that matched the first five winning numbers from the January 28 drawing. The winner was Walter Vaughn of Demorest. He claimed his prize February 12 at the Georgia...

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Roads In Fairly Good Shape After Snow Ends in Stephens Co.

February 26, 2015

A winter storm warning is over, but a winter weather advisory remains in effect for Stephens County through 10 a.m. today. Precipitation has moved out of the area, but the National Weather Service office in Greenville-Spartanburg said there are concerns over black ice and refreezing of roadways until temperatures begin rising later this morning....

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Toccoa Approves Henderson Falls Park Project Resolution

February 26, 2015

The city of Toccoa is getting ready to get improvements started at Henderson Falls Park. On Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved a project resolution for the planned improvements. Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said the city would like to get started on a couple of different areas as soon as possible. One of those...

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Stephens Co. Considering Ordinance for Telecommunications Towers

February 26, 2015

Stephens County Commissioners are considering an ordinance to deal with certain types of telecommunications towers. The ordinance is called a Personal Wireless Service Facility ordinance and county commissioners held a first reading on the proposed ordinance at their meeting on Tuesday. Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said the proposed ordinance would apply to various...

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Winter Storm Headed This Way, Say Forecasters

February 25, 2015

Stephens County faces a winter storm warning later today as the potential is there for a major snow storm. The winter storm warning is set to take effect for the region at 4 p.m. today and last through 7 a.m. Thursday. National Weather Service Meteorologist Danny Gant said that precipitation is expected to start...

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GDOT Ready For Winter Weather

February 25, 2015

Meanwhile, road crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation are getting ready for the winter weather. Georgia DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said that crews are out scouting the roads and getting ready. She said more crews will be called in as soon as precipitation starts. “Our priorities are to work on interstates and multi-lane...

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