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Lavonia PD Investigates Attempted Kidnapping

July 18, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Lavonia Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find the man who authorities say tried to kidnap a teenage girl. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle says it happened at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Carlisle said the 17-year old was jogging through the downtown area of...

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Stephens Co. Commission Re-visiting Budget Tonight

July 17, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners will meet later today to take yet another look at the county’s already approved Fiscal Year 2015 budget in an effort to bring down a proposed millage rate increase. The county commission is set to meet at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. Last month, Stephens...

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New Stephens Co. School Meal Prices Approved

July 17, 2014

Some meal prices will head up in the Stephens County school system next school year. The Board of Education unanimously approved new meal prices on Tuesday. Stephens County School System Nutrition Director Kim Caudell said that there will be no changes for elementary and middle school students in Stephens County with meal prices. “The...

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Stephens Co. BOE Considering New Solar Panel Proposal

July 17, 2014

The Stephens County school system is heading back to the negotiating table with a company looking to place solar panels on school system property. On Tuesday, the Board of Education voted 6-1 to allow Superintendent Bryan Dorsey to negotiate with United Renewable Energy of Alpharetta regarding placing solar panels on property owned by the...

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Toccoa Gets Preliminary Year End Financial Numbers

July 17, 2014

Preliminary year-end numbers show indications of a positive bottom line for the city of Toccoa financially in Fiscal Year 2014. Toccoa Finance Director Cathy Loudermilk presented the monthly financial report for the city as of June 30 to city commissioners at their meeting on Monday. June 30 marked the end of Fiscal Year 2014....

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Taxpayers Continue to Call For Answers From School System on Shortfall at Public Hearing

July 16, 2014
Taxpayers Continue to Call For Answers From School System on Shortfall at Public Hearing

Stephens County taxpayers continue to call for answers from the Stephens County School System as to how it ended up in a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. The Stephens County Board of Education held its second of three required public hearings on a proposed millage rate increase on Tuesday in front of a full meeting...

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Stephens Co. Schools Finance Director Resigns

July 16, 2014

Meanwhile, in the midst of its budget issues, the Stephens County School System is again looking for a new finance director. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey says that Misty Cleveland has resigned from the position and the Board of Education accepted that resignation Tuesday. Dorsey said he plans to begin the search for...

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Hicks Withdraws Salary Increase Request From FY 15 Budget

July 16, 2014

Stephens County Tax Commissioner Dene Hicks said she is withdrawing her request for an increase in salaries to her department for Fiscal Year 2015. Hicks issued that announcement in a press release Tuesday, stating that it is in light of the condition of countywide departmental budget constraints in Stephens County. According to Hicks, withdrawing...

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Stephens Co. Commission Holds Millage Rate Hearings

July 15, 2014

County residents express frustration about a proposed millage rate increase by Stephens County Commissioners. The county commission held the first two of three required public hearings on the proposed hike Monday at the historic courthouse. The room was fairly full for Monday night’s second hearing of the day, with eight or so people speaking...

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Toccoa Opens Street Re-surfacing Bids

July 15, 2014

Toccoa city staff are reviewing two bids submitted for re-surfacing about 25 city streets. The Toccoa City Commission opened the bids for the street re-surfacing project at its meeting Monday. Two companies submitted bids for the work. They are C.W. Matthews of Marietta, who bid $942,665.44 and Blount Construction of Marietta, who bid $1,148,865.14....

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