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Local Govts. Announce MLK Schedule

January 16, 2015

Local governments are announcing their schedules for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Both Stephens County government offices and Toccoa City Hall are closed on Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recyclables scheduled to be picked up on Monday, January 19th...

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Stephens BOE Meets for January Work Session

January 16, 2015

The Stephens County Board of Education pays off its 2014 tax anticipation note. Thursday, Stephens County school officials said the system paid off its tax anticipation note of $4.752 million on December 4th. According to the monthly financial report, that left the school system with just under $500,000 excess revenues over expenditures as of...

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2014: Dry Year for Lake Hartwell

January 16, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia While 2015 is off to a fairly wet start, a look back at 2014 shows it was a dry year for Lake Hartwell. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, observed rainfall in the upper basin recorded deficits in 2014 for all three sub-basins, but Lake Hartwell’s...

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Toccoa Receives Clean Audit Opinion

January 15, 2015

The city of Toccoa receives a generally positive report on its Fiscal Year 2014 audit. Auditors from Mauldin and Jenkins, the city’s auditing firm, met with city commissioners on Monday at a work session to review the audit for the fiscal year that wrapped up last June 30. Joel Black with Mauldin and Jenkins...

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Grand Jury Hands Out True Bills of Indictment

January 15, 2015

A Stephens County grand jury indicts a man on charges of attempting to commit extortion against a local business. The grand jury handed down a true bill of indictment against Robert Pietrowicz on Tuesday for three counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony. Pietrowicz, who is from Clayton, was arrested on the charges...

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SCSO Investigates Dog Incident

January 15, 2015

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says authorities have completed an investigation in to an incident involving a dog recently in the county. WNEG received concerns that were also posted on social media regarding someone who had allegedly castrated a dog on their own. The sheriff says after meeting with Magistrate Judge Don Tabor, authorities...

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City Gets Update on Ward Creek Project

January 15, 2015

A project designed to try to solve sewer overflows at the Ward Creek Lift Station is on hold temporarily while issues are resolved. City commissioners received an update on the project Monday. Plans are to install a secondary sewer line to help with the flow of wastewater from the Ward Creek Lift Station to...

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City Signs Jail Housing Agreement

January 15, 2015

The city of Toccoa signs off on a jail inmate housing agreement with Stephens County. City commissioners unanimously voted to approve the agreement Monday night that covers the housing of city inmates at the Stephens County Jail. According to Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse, city and county officials agreed at a joint meeting last...

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City of Toccoa Creates Budget for Golf Fund

January 14, 2015

The city of Toccoa sets its budget for the rest of the fiscal year for the golf department. Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners voted on a budget amendment to create a budget for the municipal golf fund for the rest of the current fiscal year, which runs through June 30. During a work session prior...

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Bell Takes Over As Commission Chair

January 14, 2015

Stephens County Commissioners select their chair and vice-chair for the year ahead. Tuesday, county commissioners met and unanimously elected Dennis Bell to serve as Chairman of the Stephens County Commission in 2015. Bell served as Vice-Chair in 2014 and says he looks forward to serving as chairman in the year ahead. He said he...

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