Habersham Man Convicted of Murder

A Habersham County jury convicts a Cornelia man of murder and other charges in connection with a 2012 crime. Last week, 54-year-old William Douglas Downer of Cornelia was convicted of Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Burglary, and Aggravated Assault in a Habersham County courtroom. Downer was convicted of murdering Michael Larry Hill on August 28, 2012. The trial, presided over by […]

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Winter Storm Warning In Effect

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A winter storm warning remains in effect for Stephens County through 7 p.m. Saturday. That is as a storm moves through the region over the next several hours and into the evening and overnight hours as well. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 21 counties in Georgia due to the storm, including Stephens, Franklin, Habersham, […]

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Hartwell Spillway Gates Opened

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Workers at the Hartwell Dam have opened the spillway gates on the dam to help lower the reservoir’s water level following significant rainfall today. The gates will remain open through the weekend. Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say that water managers and Hartwell Dam officials opened the 12 spillway gates 1 foot. This allows up to 13,400 […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Elects Officers

At its meeting on Tuesday, the Stephens County Board of Education selected its Chair and Vice Chair for 2016. The board voted unanimously to keep Tony Crunkleton in the position of Chair and then also voted unanimously to keep David Fricks in the position of vice-chair. Also, the board voted to retain the same attorney for 2016. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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School System Discusses FY 2014, 2015 Audit Status

The Stephens County school system is still considering whether to bring in an outside firm to get caught up with its audits quicker. Tuesday, the Board of Education discussed the status of its Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 audits. Last month, the school board instructed Superintendent Bryan Dorsey to find out what other school systems similar to Stephens […]

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E.O. Foundation, School System Still Debating Lease

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The Stephens County school system is still at the negotiating table with the Evan Oglesby Foundation regarding a proposed lease agreement for property around Toccoa Elementary School. Last July, the Stephens County Board of Education approved a 30-year lease agreement for the old Toccoa High School gym on Pond Street and surrounding fields, including Boyd Field at the cost of […]

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Corps Reverses Course on Irrigation Ban

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9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reversing course on a controversial policy change. Collins announced Wednesday that he has been told that the Corps would suspend implementation of a previous policy decision that would have prohibited property owners from withdrawing water from Lake Hartwell for irrigation. According to Collins, the Corps will […]

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