SCBC set 2020 millage rate at 14.91

The Stephens County Board of Commissioners met Friday morning for its third and final public hearing regarding the proposed property tax increase; afterwards, in a Special Called meeting the board approved the property tax increase. The commission set the tentative 2020 Millage rate at 14.91 mills, the same as last year. According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers the property […]

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Bell appointed ACCG Chairman of Public Safety and Courts Policy Committee

Stephens County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dennis Bell has been named to Lead the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia’s Public Safety and the Courts Policy Committee. The appointment was made by ACCG President and Jefferson County Commissioner Johnny Davis. This is the second year that Bell has served in this position. Bell tells WNEG News that he is “pleased […]

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Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Stephens County

The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting more cases of COVID-19 in Stephens County, in total there has been 10 deaths and 528 cases of COVID-19. The Department of Public Health is reporting that Habersham County has 47 fatalities due to the virus and 1,002 positive cases of the virus. Locally, Stephens County Hospital and its facilities have tested […]

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Discriminatory Law Suit against City of Toccoa dismissed

The Law Suit against the City of Toccoa alleging discriminatory hiring practices has been dismissed. On Monday, July 27, a Joint Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice was issued by the US District Court, Northern District of Georgia, in the lawsuit filed by Eddie Neal against the City of Toccoa. According to City Attorney John Dickerson, Neal initially filed a complaint […]

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Toccoa Police Chief promotes several local officers as part of new Leadership/Management team

Several Toccoa Police Officers were promoted on Tuesday. Toccoa Police Chief Jimmy Mize organized a ceremony where he announced the creation of a Leadership/Management Team. Mize says the team will meet regularly to discuss plans and strategies to address operational issues and community concerns. Mize says the new team will include the Heads of the Detective Division and the Patrol […]

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Georgia AG Commissioner Warns of Unsolicited Packages of Seeds mailed from China

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR 2020 just gets weirder and weirder. People across the country are now reporting receiving packages of seeds in the mail from China that they never ordered and now they’re also showing up in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Agriculture has been notified that Georgia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated […]

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