Stephens Co. Considering Sign Ordinance

Stephens County is considering putting a sign ordinance in place for the county. Commissioners talked about the possibility at their work session on Tuesday. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said she is bringing this to commissioners because members of the public have come to her asking the county to look at the matter. “We have a request from citizens to get […]

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County Recognizes Pulliam for Service

Stephens County honors an outgoing volunteer fire chief coordinator. At Tuesday’s Stephens County Commission meeting, the board honored Stacy Pulliam who ended his time as the county’s Volunteer Fire Chief Coordinator at the end of December. County Commission Chairman Dennis Bell said he appreciates Pulliam’s service to the county. “Stacy has done an excellent job, not only as Fire Coordinator […]

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Woman Arrested on Child Molestation Charges

A Stephens County woman faces charges in connection to allegations of child molestation. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that 40-year-old Julia Cecilia Henson of Toccoa was arrested on December 15 and charged with Aggravated Child Molestation and Statutory Rape. Shirley said the charges stem from alleged sexual misconduct occurring in the city of Toccoa with a child under the […]

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Hart Co. Lands German Company

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Hart County attracts a German company that will bring with it hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investment. LINDE + WIEMANN announced Tuesday it is planning to locate its first U.S. plant in the Gateway II Industrial Park in Hart County. Linde + Wiemann is a privately-held, mid-sized German company specializing in […]

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Stephens Co. Gets Clean Audit Report

Stephens County receives a clean Fiscal Year 2015 audit. On Tuesday, County Administrator Phyllis Ayers presented the results of the audit from Mauldin and Jenkins to the county commission. Ayers said that a clean opinion was given to the county by auditors. She added that the county has a strong fund balance. “Our fund balance, $8.8 million,” said Ayers. “That […]

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Hearing Held On Proposed Nuisance Ordinance Changes

Stephens County begins the process for making a few changes to its nuisance ordinance. A public hearing on the proposed changes took place at the start of Tuesday’s Stephens County Commission meeting. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that the proposed changes have to do with putting more strength into policies approved by the county commission last year for the county’s […]

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County Buys Equipment, Makes Appointments

Stephens County purchases a new piece of equipment to help the county do some preventative maintenance on its roads. Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners approved the purchase of a crack sealing machine out of the county’s SPLOST VI funds. The machine is costing the county $54,531. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers says that crack sealing is a way to lengthen the […]

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SCSO Arrests Two In Burglary

Two people face charges in connection to the investigation of a burglary in Stephens County. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office has arrested 33-year-old Michael Nick Mize of McMurray Lake Road and 53-year-old Dillard Eugene Savage of Coker Road in connection to the alleged burglary on January 6 on McMurray Lake Road. According to the sheriff, the […]

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Wreck Monday on I-85 Kills One

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A North Carolina man is dead after a wreck on I-85 Monday night. It happened about 5:45p Monday evening on I-85 Southbound near mile marker 167. Georgia State Patrol Hartwell Post Trooper Richard Fleming said the driver of an 18-wheeler traveling southbound lost control. “The vehicle was traveling south and traveled off the west […]

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Collins Responds to State of The Union Address

In a response to the President’s State of the Union address, 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins called on the President to join the dialogue going on in the nation’s capital and across the nation to find meaningful solutions to the challenges America faces at home and abroad. Among other things, Collins criticized the President for prioritizing climate change instead […]

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