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DOT Announces Weekly Routine Maintenance

July 28, 2014

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will conduct some routine maintenance work this week in Stephens and surrounding counties. According to the DOT, a crew will seal cracks in the driving surface of State Route 184 this week if weather permits. The DOT said a lane and the shoulder will be closed as...

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Ga. DOL Helping Trachte With Hires

July 28, 2014

A Stephens County manufacturing facility will work with the Georgia Department of Labor to help fill some open positions. The state’s Labor Department said it will help Trachte Southeast fill 10 jobs at its manufacturing facility in Eastanollee. Trachte Southeast produces prefabricated metal shelters and is recruiting experienced builders-assemblers, welders and electricians. The state...

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Stephens Co. School System Hires New Finance Director

July 25, 2014

The Stephens County School System has a new Finance Director. In a called meeting Thursday, the Stephens County Board of Education approved the hire of Angel Terry as the new Finance Director for the school system. The vote was 5 to 0. Board members Tony Crunkleton and Jeff Webb were not present for the...

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More Beams Going Up on New Hwy 17 Bridge in Martin Today

July 25, 2014

The Georgia Department of Transportation says work will continue today, weather permitting, to set bridge beams at the new State Route 17 bridge near the Stephens-Franklin County line. DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said crews put the second set of five bridge beams in place Thursday after setting the first five beams on Wednesday. If the...

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Ribbon Cutting Held for Clarkesville School of Dance

July 25, 2014
Ribbon Cutting Held for Clarkesville School of Dance

A new dance company in Clarkesville celebrates its opening with business leaders from throughout the region. The Clarkesville School of Dance held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently at its facility in Habersham County. It was a joint ribbon cutting, involving chambers of commerce from Stephens, Habersham, and White counties. Francie Keane is the owner...

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Stephens Co. June Unemployment Numbers Released

July 25, 2014

Stephens County’s June unemployment numbers show mixed results. According to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary June unemployment rate of 7.2 percent. That is four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised May unemployment rate for Stephens County, which was 6.8 percent. This June’s unemployment...

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Franklin Co. Commission Amends Mobile Home Ordinance

July 25, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Some mobile home owners in Franklin County will now have to make sure their homes are displaying the proper property tax decals or face stiff fines. At their regular meeting Monday evening, the Board of Commissioners voted to approve an amended ordinance regarding how property taxes are paid...

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Bridge Beams Going Up On New SR 17 Bridge

July 24, 2014
Bridge Beams Going Up On New SR 17 Bridge

Work is underway to set bridge beams on the new State Route 17 bridge near the Stephens-Franklin County line. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Teri Pope says work started Wednesday to set the first five beams on the bridge that is just outside of Martin. Pope said crews are set to put the next...

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Stephens Co. Implements Moratorium on Accepting New Roads for Maintenance

July 24, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners do not plan to accept any new roads into the county road maintenance system through the end of the year. On Tuesday, commissioners voted 4 to 1 to impose a temporary moratorium on the acceptance of roads into the county maintenance system for a period up to and including December 31....

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Stephens Co. Schools Receive EOCT Scores

July 24, 2014

Stephens County receives its state results on End of Course Testing for last school year. The Georgia Department of Education recently released district level results. In Stephens County, the number of students that met or exceeded the standard on exams were as follows: American Literature and Composition — 93.5 percent Analytic Geometry — 23.9...

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