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Stephens Co. Commission Handles Planning, Zoning Requests

December 12, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners deny a request for a change in language in the county’s land use ordinance. Tuesday, the county commission considered a request from United Renewable Energy of Alpharetta, the company that has placed solar panels on land owned by the Stephens County Development Authority. According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, the...

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Toccoa PD Investigating Vehicle Theft

December 12, 2014

A vehicle theft is reported in downtown Toccoa. The Toccoa Police Department said it responded to a downtown car lot on Thursday in reference to a report of a stolen vehicle. According to the report, a Jeep Grand Cherokee had been taken from the lot. Police said a BOLO was put out for the...

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German Auto Parts Company Coming to Hart Co.

December 12, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Hart County officials are calling it a history making event. Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Germany-based Häring, a leading global manufacturer of precision components and subassemblies for the automotive industry, will locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Hartwell, creating 800 jobs by 2025 and investing $54...

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Toccoa Commission, ABC Board Meet

December 11, 2014

Toccoa’s Alcohol Beverage Control board discusses concerns with the city commission. The two boards met for a work session on Monday. City ABC Board Member Gary Donahue said the board has a couple of issues it has encountered as it works on the ABC license renewals that are coming due this month. “A couple...

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Bell Says Animal Control Ordinance To Be Looked At

December 11, 2014

Stephens County Commissioner Dennis Bell said local officials are going to be meeting next week about the animal control ordinance. Bell made the comments at the conclusion of Tuesday’s Stephens County Commission meeting. He said he feels there are issues with the animal control ordinance that need to be straightened out now. “Some of...

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SCDA Holds December Meeting

December 11, 2014

The Stephens County Development Authority wraps up its calendar year. The Development Authority board met Tuesday morning for its final scheduled monthly meeting of 2014. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin says that the board voted during the meeting to authorize the board chair to sign a memorandum of understanding and deed...

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SFB Customers Get Letter on Oconee Federal Merger

December 11, 2014

A letter sent to Stephens Federal Bank customers provides details about the merger between the Toccoa bank and Oconee Federal Savings and Loan. That letter, which was also posted on the bank’s website, states that the merger transaction was finalized in early December. It goes on to say that the system integration will take...

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No Truckers For Kids Run This Year

December 11, 2014

There will not be a Truckers for Kids toy run or parade this year. That is from organizers. They said that health issues in the family of the run’s main organizer, Bear Weaver, have forced the annual holiday event to be postponed this year. The goal, they added, is to resume the event next...

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Stephens Co. Implements Ordinance for Peddlers and Door to Door Solicitors

December 10, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners adopt an ordinance to deal with door-to-door salespeople and peddlers in the county. The county commission approved the ordinance by a 4 to 1 vote on Tuesday. County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said the ordinance puts guidelines in place that will regulate door-to-door sales and how those individuals operate in the county....

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Stephens Co. Commissioners Extend Two Moratoriums

December 10, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners vote to extend two moratoriums. Tuesday, county commissioners approved a 60-day extension of the county’s moratorium on wireless communication facilities applications. Commissioners passed the original moratorium back in September. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said it was done to allow the county to re-visit its tower ordinance to better match its...

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