Hurricane Michael Devastates Georgia Poultry, Cattle Industries

Hurricane Michael has had a huge impact on some of Georgia’s most important crops, including the Poultry and Cattle industries. The Georgia Department of Agriculture is coordinating efforts to assist recovery in the areas affected most by Hurricane Michael. “Michael’s impact has been the most widespread and devastating hurricane in recent memory to impact Georgia’s agriculture industry,” Agriculture Commissioner Gary […]

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Historic County Courthouse Tugalo Entrance Closed

Just a brief announcement from Stephens County Clerk Beth Rider, the entrance to the Historic Courthouse on Tugalo Street is closed due to construction. Rider advises the community to use the Doyle Street entrance until further notice. Anyone needing to enter the Historic County Courthouse through a handicap accessible entrance to only use the Tugalo Street entrance. For questions regarding […]

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Shawler submits resignation as Principal at SCMS

Students, staff, and faculty at Stephens County Middle School will be saying farewell to Principal Michael Shawler at the end of this academic year. During the recent Stephens County Board of Education meeting, the board accepted his resignation effective June 30, 2019. Shawler began his tenure at Stephens County Middle School during the 2017-2018 academic year; however, his career in […]

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Firearm Deer Hunting Season Begins Saturday

Time to fill up that freezer with one of the healthiest meats available. The Georgia deer firearms season opens this Saturday and continues through January 13 statewide. Georgia hunters will have access to more than one million acres of public hunting land across the state, including over 100 state-operated wildlife management areas. Georgia DNR Law Enforcement officer Craig Fulghum says […]

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GBI ID’s Body Found in Jackson County Park

A body found in a Jackson County park has been identified. According to Nellie Miles with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the victim is identified as 41-year old Buford “Mac” Evans of Winder. Evans was found in a creek October 11 by a visitor to Sells Mill Park in Hoschton. The body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab for […]

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Winners announced for annual Margaret Ayers Award

The annual winners of a community award in Lavonia have been announced. Earlier this month, Logan and Andie Mathis were named as the recipients of the 15th annual Margaret Ayers Award for Civic Health in Lavonia. The award is presented by the Lavonia Clinic and the Northeast Georgia Regional Medical Associates. It honors a community member for volunteerism, exceptional character, […]

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