School System Receives FY14 Audit

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After months of waiting, the Stephens County school system has its Fiscal Year 2014 audit. The school system received the audit for the period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 late last week. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said that there were no surprises in the audit, but it does confirm how severe of a situation that […]

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Stephens County Marks Veterans Day

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Stephens County marks Veterans Day. The annual observance took place on Friday morning at the new pavilion at Camp Toccoa at Currahee Mountain. This year’s guest speaker for the event was retired United States Marine Corps Major Ed Gerstner, who organizers say was on the last helicopter out of Saigon just before the Vietnamese captured the city. Gerstner talked about […]

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Toccoa Police Investigating Sunday Armed Robbery

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Toccoa Police are investigating a weekend armed robbery at a city convenience store According to Chief Tim Jarrell, the Toccoa Police Department responded to the Valero station on Big A Road on Sunday morning after receiving a phone call. “At approximately 7:44 a.m. (Sunday), the police department received a call that an unknown male subject had entered the business wearing […]

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Toccoa Gets First Rainfall In A Month

It wasn’t much, but Stephens County did see some much needed rain over the weekend. Just over a tenth of an inch fell in downtown Toccoa early Sunday morning. That marks the first measurable rainfall in downtown Toccoa since October 8. Stephens County remains in a state of extreme drought, according to last week’s Drought Monitor report. Over 42 percent […]

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Stephens Co. BOE Looks at 2017-2018 School Calendar

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The Stephens County School System is looking at the 2017-2018 school calendar. Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey presented a draft 2017-2018 calendar to the Board of Education for it to review at a work session Thursday. Dorsey said that this year, they used a slightly different method to construct the proposed school calendar. He said each school governance team […]

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GSP Recruiting Troopers Statewide

The Georgia State Patrol is undertaking a hiring effort to increase its numbers over the coming years. According to GSP Senior Trooper David Snyder, Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough wants to increase significantly the number of troopers on the roadways over the next three years across Georgia. “It is hiring that is going to take place […]

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Area Marks Veterans Day Today

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Stephens County will mark Veterans Day with an annual event later today. The annual Veterans Day observance will take place today at 11 a.m. in the new pavilion at Camp Toccoa at Currahee Mountain. The event is rain or shine. This year’s guest speaker for the event will be retired United States Marine Corps Major Ed Gerstner. According to organizers, […]

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Auto Club Awards Scholarships

Two northeast Georgia students at North Georgia Technical College are scholarship recipients. Joel Nelms of Cleveland and Micheal Mannion of Demorest each recently received $500 scholarships each from the Northeast Georgia Antique Auto and Truck Club. The Club has awarded $500 scholarships to two North Georgia Technical College automotive students annually for over 15 years. The funds, which are proceeds […]

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Lavonia Getting New Fire Truck

By Buddy Hardigree, WLHR Radio, Lavonia A new fire truck is in the future for the city of Lavonia. In a work session last month, the Lavonia Fire Department had asked for a new truck pointing out that a new truck was needed to improve the city’s ISO rating. The ISO rating is a very important rating because the lower […]

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Smoke Continues to Cover NE Ga.

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Smoke continues to spread over Stephens and surrounding counties in northeast Georgia from wildfires to the north and the west. Stephens County Volunteer Fire Services Chief Jamey Gettys said that if people see flames, they should call 911, but otherwise understand the smoke will be a nuisance for the next few days. Also, Gettys said Stephens County is under a […]

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