State Veterans Service Offices Closed This Week

Offices of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service will be closed today and all of this week. The department said the closure affects all GDVS veterans field service offices, whose employees will spend the week participating in annual training. Georgia Department of Veterans Service Assistant Commissioner for Field Operations and Appeals George Canavaggio said this training is necessary to ensure […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Concludes Vacancy Interviews

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The final three candidates for a vacant seat on the Stephens County Board of Education make their case to the school board. Thursday, the Stephens County school board interviewed the final three of six candidates for the District 2 seat on the Board of Education left vacant by Jeff Webb’s resignation in April. School board members heard from Dave Stancil […]

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Stephens Co. Millage Rates Finalized

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Millage rates are set for Stephens County property tax payers for 2016. On Thursday morning, Stephens County Commissioners voted unanimously to finalize both the county government’s millage rate and the school system’s millage rate. The county government millage rate will remain at 13.41 mills. That is the same rate as last year. Based on a 13.41 mill tax rate this […]

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Fatal Traffic Accident on I-85 Thursday

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia Traffic is flowing again this morning on Interstate 85 in Franklin County, but that wasn’t the case Thursday afternoon after a fatal accident involving two-tractor trailers blocked the southbound side of the highway. According to the Georgia State Patrol’s Hartwell Post, it happened at about 2 p.m. Thursday near mile marker 170 on I-85 […]

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Stephens Co. Enters Extreme Drought

Drought conditions are worsening in Stephens County. The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor now has Stephens County in a state of “extreme drought.” This is a level more severe than “severe drought,” where Stephens County had been. Also, “extreme drought” is the second worst level of drought that exists on the Drought Monitor’s scale. Only “exceptional drought” is […]

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NGMC Implants Dissolving Heart Stent

Northeast Georgia Medical Center becomes the first and only hospital in Georgia to implant a naturally dissolving heart stent. Dr. Christopher Leach implanted the FDA-approved dissolvable heart stent in a patient Monday afternoon. Hospital officials in Gainesville said the stent is a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease because the stent literally dissolves over time. Coronary artery […]

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Stephens Co. BOE To Meet Tonight for Interviews

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The Stephens County Board of Education is expected to wrap up its interviews for the board seat left vacant by Jeff Webb’s resignation at a meeting tonight. Stephens County school board members are meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Big A School Road in Toccoa. Tonight, the board is expected to interview the […]

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Sheriff Warns of Tax Scam

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley is warning area residents to be on the lookout for another round of tax scams. Shirley said that this area and areas in upstate South Carolina have been targeted in the latest round of phone scams where callers pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service. “They will call telling you there is an arrest […]

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AAA Offers Road Trip Advice

While summer vacation season may be winding down, some people may still have vacations planned. For those planning a road trip, AAA is offering some advice. Georgia AAA Public Affairs Director Garrett Townsend said not having a road-ready vehicle is the fastest way to put brakes on that summer trip. According to AAA’s American Driving Survey, people drive the most […]

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