SCDA Approves FY 17 Budget, Property Acquisition Fund

The Stephens County Development Authority is setting aside money to help with buying property if it is needed in the future. On Thursday, the Development Authority voted to put $50,000 into an account at a local financial institution as seed money for a property acquisition fund. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said that the fund is possible […]

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Collins Appointed to Policing Strategies Working Group

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins will serve on a Congressional working group looking at policing strategies. Last week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers announced the establishment of a working group to examine police accountability, aggression towards law enforcement, and public safety concerns related to these issues. Collins was appointed to that working group. […]

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Don’t Pokemon Go and Drive, Says AAA

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Pokémon Go has become one of the most popular app based games over the past few days. Those playing the game – identified as “Pokémon trainers” – can be found staring at their phones while walking along city streets throughout the U.S.; but there is danger if those “trainers” decide to play while behind […]

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State Veterans Service Offices Closed This Week

Offices of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service will be closed today and all of this week. The department said the closure affects all GDVS veterans field service offices, whose employees will spend the week participating in annual training. Georgia Department of Veterans Service Assistant Commissioner for Field Operations and Appeals George Canavaggio said this training is necessary to ensure […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Concludes Vacancy Interviews

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The final three candidates for a vacant seat on the Stephens County Board of Education make their case to the school board. Thursday, the Stephens County school board interviewed the final three of six candidates for the District 2 seat on the Board of Education left vacant by Jeff Webb’s resignation in April. School board members heard from Dave Stancil […]

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Stephens Co. Millage Rates Finalized

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Millage rates are set for Stephens County property tax payers for 2016. On Thursday morning, Stephens County Commissioners voted unanimously to finalize both the county government’s millage rate and the school system’s millage rate. The county government millage rate will remain at 13.41 mills. That is the same rate as last year. Based on a 13.41 mill tax rate this […]

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Fatal Traffic Accident on I-85 Thursday

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Traffic is flowing again this morning on Interstate 85 in Franklin County, but that wasn’t the case Thursday afternoon after a fatal accident involving two-tractor trailers blocked the southbound side of the highway. According to the Georgia State Patrol’s Hartwell Post, it happened at about 2 p.m. Thursday near mile marker 170 on I-85 […]

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Stephens Co. Enters Extreme Drought

Drought conditions are worsening in Stephens County. The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor now has Stephens County in a state of “extreme drought.” This is a level more severe than “severe drought,” where Stephens County had been. Also, “extreme drought” is the second worst level of drought that exists on the Drought Monitor’s scale. Only “exceptional drought” is […]

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NGMC Implants Dissolving Heart Stent

Northeast Georgia Medical Center becomes the first and only hospital in Georgia to implant a naturally dissolving heart stent. Dr. Christopher Leach implanted the FDA-approved dissolvable heart stent in a patient Monday afternoon. Hospital officials in Gainesville said the stent is a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease because the stent literally dissolves over time. Coronary artery […]

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Stephens Co. BOE To Meet Tonight for Interviews

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The Stephens County Board of Education is expected to wrap up its interviews for the board seat left vacant by Jeff Webb’s resignation at a meeting tonight. Stephens County school board members are meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Big A School Road in Toccoa. Tonight, the board is expected to interview the […]

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