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Budget Letters Spark Debate, Questions

July 10, 2014

Letters submitted to the Stephens County Commission by four county constitutional officers during the Fiscal Year 2015 budget process indicate that those constitutional officers would have sought litigation had the county commission cut their budgets any further. Local resident Bryan Dooley questioned county commissioners about the letters at Tuesday’s commission meeting. The letters were...

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BOE Holding Millage Rate Public Hearing Tonight

July 10, 2014

The Stephens County Board of Education will hold its first of three public hearings on a proposed millage rate increase later today. That public hearing is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the Stephens County School System Administrative Office on Mize Road. Last week, the Stephens County Board of Education voted 6 to...

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SCDA Welcomes Members, Names Officers, Approves FY 15 Budget

July 10, 2014

The Stephens County Development Authority welcomes new board members and selects officers. Tuesday’s Development Authority meeting was the first for new members Chuck Wright and Greg Roach. Stephens County Commissioners appointed Wright to a five-year term on the Development Authority board last month. Meanwhile, Roach is beginning a one-year term on the Development Authority...

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New Stephens Co. Family Connection Coordinator Named

July 10, 2014
New Stephens Co. Family Connection Coordinator Named

A new director is in place for Family Connection of Stephens County. Last week, Allyson Rickman Warren took over as the Coordinator for that organization. She takes the place of Toni Childress, who took a position as a Region Two Community Support Specialist with Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Inc. Warren is a graduate of...

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Lavonia Gets New Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief

July 10, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The City of Lavonia has a new fire chief and assistant fire chief. At its meeting Monday evening, the Lavonia City Council unanimously approved the appointments of Scott O’Barr as the new Lavonia Fire Chief and Shane Bentley as the Assistant Fire Chief. O’Barr replaces Bob White who...

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Stephens Co. Commissioners Want Landfill Closure Done

July 9, 2014

Stephens County Commissioners say they want the closure process at the county construction and demolition landfill completely done by August 1. Tuesday, county commissioners voted 3 to 2 to approve a change order for Fort Lamar Services, the company in charge of closing the landfill for the county, to extend the time to complete...

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Stephens Co. Looks At Building Permit and Inspection Fees

July 9, 2014

Stephens County will continue to look at its building permit fees. County commissioners discussed the current fee schedule on Tuesday. Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that Stephens County’s fees are very competitive. “We are pretty much the lowest around us,” said Ayers. For example, a 4272 square foot commercial building permit total cost...

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Stephens Co. To Purchase Bucket Truck, Chipper

July 9, 2014

Stephens County will purchase a bucket truck and chipper to help the Public Works Department remove or trim back trees more efficiently. Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of a used bucket truck and a used chipper in the total amount of $70,000. The county is using SPLOST V money to make the...

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Lavonia Police Receive State Certification

July 9, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The Lavonia Police Department is state certified again after recently receiving its third State Certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said state certification means his department and officers hold to the highest standards of law enforcement. “State Certification is a...

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Banks Co. July 4 Shooting Suspects Believed To Be From Toccoa Area

July 8, 2014

The Banks County Sheriff’s Office said it is seeking suspects believed to be from the Toccoa area in connection to shootings last week. According to a press release from the Banks County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a Franklin County address on Highway 198 just after midnight on July 4 in reference to a...

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