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E-SPLOST Collections Lower Than Projections, But Still Covering HS Debt Costs

July 2, 2014

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said this week that E-SPLOST is falling short of the maximum projected collections, but still coming in at a high enough rate to cover paying off the bond payments for the construction at Stephens County High School. When asked at Monday’s called meeting about E-SPLOST collections, Dorsey said...

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Stephens Co. Unemployment Rate Rises in May

July 2, 2014

Stephens County sees its preliminary unemployment rate jump in May. According to figures released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary May unemployment rate of 6.9 percent. That marks a jump of nine-tenths of a percentage point over the revised April rate of 6 percent. However, the May...

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People First of Stephens Co. Holds Fishing Tournament

July 2, 2014

A local group for and supporting people with disabilities goes fishing. People First of Stephens County held its annual fishing tournament for people with disabilities on Saturday. As always, the tournament took place at a pond owned by Jim Rhoades on North Avenue in Eastanollee. People First Supporter Jeraldine Hayes said they had an...

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Local Consignment Store Celebrates Expansion

July 2, 2014
Local Consignment Store Celebrates Expansion

A local consignment store celebrates an expansion. Last Thursday, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for “Just Good Things” and “Just Kids Consignment.” “Just Kids Consignment” has been around for a number of years, but has now expanded to include “Just Good Things.” The co-owners are Margaret Perrin and Barbara...

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CB&T Now South State Bank

July 2, 2014

A local bank gets a name change. Community Bank and Trust officially became South State Bank this week. South Carolina Bank and Trust, which was the parent company of Community Bank and Trust, had announced the name change back in February. Community Bank and Trust, along with four other bank brands in three states,...

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Child Injured in Habersham Raid Leaves Hospital

July 2, 2014

The young child injured during a SWAT team raid in Habersham County is out of the hospital. The family said that they are headed back to Wisconsin, where the child faces a long recovery. The child was injured in late May in Cornelia when authorities conducted a “no-knock” search warrant at a home the...

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Stephens Co. BOE Proposes Maxing Out Millage

July 1, 2014

The Stephens County Board of Education is proposing to cap out the millage rate at the state maximum 20 mills to help deal with a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. During a called meeting Monday morning, the school board voted 6 to 1 to approve a tentative millage rate of 20 mills. Previously, a majority...

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People Still Asking School Board How Budget Shortfall Happened

July 1, 2014

As the Stephens County Board of Education continues to grapple its budget shortfall, people continue to ask how the school system ended up at this point. Monday’s Stephens County Board of Education called meeting took place in front of a full meeting room and multiple people asked the Board exactly how this happened. Stephens...

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Stephens Co. Sets Public Hearings for Proposed Tax Increase

July 1, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners are announcing the dates for the three required public hearings on the county’s proposed millage rate increase. The county commission will hold those public hearings at the Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa on July 14 at 8:30 a.m., July 14 at 6 p.m., and on July 22 at 5 p.m....

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Stephens Co. Fireworks Display Tonight

July 1, 2014

Stephens County will mark the Fourth of July with its annual community fireworks display tonight. The fireworks are scheduled for tonight at the Rose Lane Recreation Complex. Stephens County Recreation Department Director Richard Adams said the fireworks will start just after dark. “We would like to thank 1st Franklin Financial, who is sponsoring the...

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