NGTC Horticulture Students Finish 16th In National Competition

North Georgia Technical College horticulture students are back home with several distinguished awards, including a team ranking of 16th in the nation, after competing in the 40th annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Mississippi State University this past weekend. Thirteen horticulture students competed in 28 events against 63 schools from both two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Students from […]

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Fire Stations Nearing Completion

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Stephens County is moving ever closer to occupying three new fire station buildings. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers updated the commission on the progress on the three station buildings at Tuesday’s county commission meeting. The county is building three fire station buildings, one on North Holcomb Drive, one on Black Mountain Road, and one on Red Bluff Road. These are not […]

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Collins, Counties Working On “Orphan County” TV Issue

Officials from Stephens and surrounding counties meet with 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins on the issue of receiving Atlanta TV stations on satellite, instead of stations from South Carolina. The recent meeting focused on the new process of petitioning the Federal Communications Commission for a ‘Change of Market’, something Congressman Collins has pushed to be made into law since […]

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City, County Announce Holiday Schedule

Local government offices have announced their schedule for the Easter holiday. Both Toccoa City Hall and Stephens County Government Offices will close Friday, March 25 in observance of Good Friday. In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recyclables scheduled to be picked up on Friday, March 25 will be picked up on Monday, March 28. Commercial garbage will […]

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Franklin Co. Set to Announce School Superintendent Finalists

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Franklin County School Board is set to announce its three finalists for the position of School Superintendent. Tonight, the Franklin County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at the School Administration offices in Carnesville to make the announcement. Current Franklin County School Superintendent Dr. Ruth O’Dell is retiring at the […]

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Stephens Co. Considers More Changes to Nuisance Ordinance

Stephens County Commissioners are considering some more changes to the county’s nuisance ordinance. On Tuesday, the county commission held a public hearing and first reading of the proposed changes. County Attorney Brian Ranck said that the county is proposing to eliminate some county guidelines from the current ordinance in the agricultural area. “It basically eliminates what were spelled out distances […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Total Joint Program to Pursue Certification

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Stephens County Hospital will pursue a special recognition for one of its programs. Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said that representatives from the Joint Commission will be in Toccoa next month to review the hospital’s Total Joint Program. Anderson said that Stephens County Hospital is pursuing a separate and special certification for that program. “Dr. Vaughn has worked really hard with […]

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