MLK Events Start This Weekend in Toccoa

Events this month for the 25th anniversary celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Stephens County start this weekend. The first event is the annual art contest. That will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Then on Saturday at 5 p.m., the annual talent and fashion show will take place at […]

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Franklin Co. Commission To Keep Samuels As County Attorney

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Franklin County Commissioners will keep the Samuels Law Firm as their county attorney for another year. At its meeting Monday evening, the Franklin County Commission voted to continue with Bubba Samuels as the county attorney after doing extensive research. In November, Franklin County Commission Chair Thomas Bridges asked that request for proposals be sent […]

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Collins’ Bill Gets Through House

A bill introduced by 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins makes it through the House of Representatives. On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 712, Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act. Collins said the bill would end a practice known as “sue and settle” and bring transparency to the bureaucratic rulemaking process. According to Collins, “sue and settle” cases are […]

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SCSO Makes Theft Arrest

A Stephens County man faces a charge from authorities after an alleged theft was uncovered by Stephens County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies discovered the theft while on routine patrol in the Eastanollee area at about 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day night. “They had rode through the Eastanollee Livestock (area) and saw some […]

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State Releases Job Tax Credit Tiers

Local economic development officials have said that Stephens County has a more level and competitive playing field this year when it comes to state tax credits. Last month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs released the 2016 Job Tax Credit Tiers. The tier ranking of a county determines how many jobs a business must create to receive a tax credit, […]

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DHS Renames Problem Solving Court

The Department of Human Services Problem Solving Court program has a new name and the agency plans to assist more parents who are struggling to support their children this year. The Problem Solving Court is now known as Parental Accountability Court. It seeks to reduce the number of Georgians who are incarcerated for nonpayment of child support by helping parents […]

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Bell To Stay Commission Chair in 2016

Stephens County Commissioners choose to stay with Dennis Bell as the board’s chair for another year. At a called meeting on Tuesday, the commission voted unanimously to select Bell as the Chairman for 2016. Bell said he appreciates the board’s confidence in nominating him as the commission chairman for the second straight year. “I am very humbled by the vote […]

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