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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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Stephens BOE Holding Second Millage Rate Hearing Tonight

July 15, 2014

The Stephens County Board of Education will hold its second public hearing on its proposed millage rate increase later today. That second public hearing will take place at the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Mize Road at 5 p.m. today. This hearing will mark the second of three public hearings on the...

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Weekend Accident Involves SCSO Patrol Car

July 15, 2014

A Hazlehurst, Georgia man faces a traffic charge after a weekend accident that involved a Stephens County Sheriff’s Office patrol car. The accident occurred on Big A Road Sunday around 12:56 a.m. The Georgia State Patrol said a 2009 Mazda pick-up truck driven by 18-year-old Cameron Calhoun of Hazlehurst was traveling east exiting the...

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One Week Left to Vote Early in Run-off

July 14, 2014

This week is the last week to vote early in the primary run-off election in Stephens County and across Georgia. Early voting picks back up today and runs through Friday. Early voting started back on June 30 for the run-off. Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said turnout to this point has been low. “Early...

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Liberty Elementary Gets New Principal

July 14, 2014

Liberty Elementary School has a new principal. Thursday, the Stephens County Board of Education approved Jana Cheek as the new principal at Liberty Elementary School. Cheek replaces Terri Powers, who recently took a job with the Central Office as Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the Stephens County School System. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan...

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