Nobody Hurt in Wednesday Structure Fire

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Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said nobody was hurt in a structure fire at a mobile home park Wednesday. Crews responded to the mobile home park on Madden Drive, that is just off of Memorial Drive off of Big A Road on Wednesday for the blaze. Shirley said there was someone inside the structure, but they did not suffer any […]

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Crunkleton Comments on BOE Appointments

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Stephens County Board of Education Chair Tony Crunkleton welcomes Bill Wheeler to the board. Crunkleton spoke Wednesday on the school board’s choice of Wheeler to fill the vacancy on the Board of Education created by Jeff Webb’s resignation in April. Wheeler was chosen from a group of six candidates in a unanimous vote by the Board of Education on Tuesday. […]

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Still No Timeline On FY14, FY15 School System Audits

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said that state auditors have again changed the timeline for releasing the school system’s Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 audits. According to Dorsey, the state has now told him that those two audits will likely be released to the school system at the same time, rather than separately. He said that this change is […]

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Small Part of GA 17 Goes Four Lanes

The first part of the four-lane Highway 17 between Toccoa and the Franklin County line goes four lanes, at least for a time. A small stretch of the highway around the Toccoa By-pass intersection was open to four lanes of traffic, two in each direction, on Wednesday. Also, a traffic light is up at the intersection where the By-pass comes […]

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Franklin Co. Updating County Code of Ordinances

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County has approved an update in the county’s code of ordinances. The county’s code of ordinances hasn’t been updated since 2002. This update will include all the legislation that has taken place since then. According to Franklin County Engineer John Phillips, the estimated cost of the project is $7,500. Phillips said the county […]

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GBI: Child Exploitation Arrests on Rise

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that arrests are on the rise for child exploitation cases. According to a press release issued on Wednesday, the agency said that the number of arrests resulting from investigations conducted and coordinated by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and the Georgia Interent Crimes Against Children Task Force has steadily risen over […]

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State Unemployment Drops in June

The Georgia Department of Labor says that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June dropped to 5.1 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.3 percent in May. The rate was 5.8 percent in June 2015. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state has not had unemployment this low in Georgia since December 2007. Butler said that […]

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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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