Holiday Travel Numbers Updated By GSP

Final holiday traffic numbers are not in yet for Georgia highways from the state’s Department of Public Safety. As of this morning, the last update from state officials regarding highway fatalities was at noon on Sunday. State officials have reported that as of noon on Sunday, 17 people had been killed on Georgia highways over the Thanksgiving holiday period. None […]

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Stephens Co. Forward Funding More SPLOST Road Work

Stephens County Commissioners approve the issuing of more bonds to forward fund road work in the county. On Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved the signing of General Obligation Bond Documents for SPLOST VI Roads and Bridges. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said this is the second such bond issue the county has done based off of SPLOST VI. “The first one […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Gets Approval For Additional Personal Care Home Capacity

Stephens County Hospital now has everything it needs to maximize its capacity at its Clary and Wilkinson Centers. On Monday, the hospital officially received approval from the state to expand its capacity for the two facilities to a total of 104 residents. Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said the additional capacity accounts for six new suites built on at the Wilkinson […]

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BBB Offers Holiday Shopping Tips

Today is Black Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. While the tradition of Black Friday remains, the Better Business Bureau said the way in which consumers are researching and buying on Black Friday is changing. The Better Business Bureau said 61 percent of shoppers begin researching purchases before Thanksgiving and 78 percent used the Internet to research […]

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Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday

While many people are headed to the stores today for Black Friday, tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. It was started in 2010 by American Express as a way to encourage holiday shoppers to spend their dollars at small, local, independently owned businesses. Last year, a survey from American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business estimated that 95 million […]

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Red Cross Needs Holiday Blood Donations

The American Red Cross said that blood and platelet donations are needed throughout the holiday season. According to the Red Cross, busy holiday schedules and travel plans make it more challenging for regular donors to give, and many businesses and organizations postpone holding blood drives during the holiday season for these same reasons. Red Cross officials said that this can […]

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SCSO Makes Arrest in Jail Contraband Investigation

A woman faces charges after allegedly trying to sneak drugs into the Stephens County Jail. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it comes after his office wrapped up an investigation that had been ongoing related to contraband being delivered to the Stephens County Jail. “The investigation began after several articles of clothing were brought to the facility and left for […]

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Stephens Co. Approves Court Fee Ordinance

Stephens County Commissioners approve a court fee ordinance. Commissioners approved the new ordinance by a 4-1 vote at their meeting on Tuesday. According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the proposed ordinance would impose a court fee on any fine or community service sentence from the Magistrate Court, State Court, or Superior Court for any violation of any county ordinances […]

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GDOT Ready for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Georgia Department of Transportation is preparing the state’s roadways for what is projected to be a busy holiday travel weekend. Nearly 1.3 million Georgians are expected to hit the roads this Thanksgiving, according to projections from AAA. That is a 3.5 percent increase from last year. With so many expected on the roads, the Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related […]

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