Stephens Co. Voters Decide Today on E-SPLOST

Stephens County voters will make a decision today on whether to renew the Stephens County school system’s E-SPLOST for another five years. Today is Election Day. Stephens County Registrar Bill Cochran said polls will be open all day today at the Stephens County Senior Center on Rose Lane in Toccoa. “Polls open at 7 a.m., they will close at 7 […]

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Stephens Co. Hospital Still Working on Financing

The Stephens County Hospital Authority continues to work on getting everything together to borrow up to $15 million in long-term bonds. Monday night, the Hospital Authority met for its monthly meeting. Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson said that the hospital is hard at work on both its short-term loan and long-term bond financing. “We have worked on the loan documents and […]

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Proposal to Limit Ground Floor Residences in Downtown Toccoa Commercial Properties Moves Forward

An ordinance that would place restrictions on ground floor residences in the historic downtown district in commercial properties in Toccoa moves one step closer to adoption. Last Thursday, the Toccoa Planning Commission took up consideration of the proposed ordinance amendment. Toccoa Planning and Community Development Director Connie Tabor said that the planning commission reviewed that proposal and gave its blessing […]

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Stephens Co. BOE To Meet Today

The Stephens County Board of Education meets later today for a regularly scheduled business meeting. That meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. at the school system’s Administrative Offices on Big A School Road in Toccoa. Items on the agenda include consideration of approval of a Pre-K start date for 2017, consideration of the 2018-2019 calendar, and an analysis of the […]

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State Ag Officials Survey Crop Damage

State officials look at damage done to crops by last week’s freezing temperatures. Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black joined House Ag Committee Chair Tom McCall late last week to survey the damage to fruit and vegetable crops from freezing temperatures that hit the state on Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16. The extreme temperatures were felt border to border, […]

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NGTC Offers Dan Dixon Scholarship

North Georgia Technical College honors a long-time teacher with a scholarship in his honor. The school recently celebrated the life of Dan Dixon with his family and friends as a scholarship to the NGTC Foundation was created in his memory. Dixon taught masonry at the college for 30 years, and hundreds of students have enjoyed successful careers because of his […]

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January Unemployment Numbers Out for Stephens Co.

Stephens County sees some mixed numbers on the unemployment front to start 2017. According to numbers released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate in January was 6.1 percent. That is up three-tenths of a percentage point from the revised December rate and up two-tenths of a percentage point from the revised rate in […]

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No Voting Today in E-SPLOST Election

Just a reminder … there is no voting today for the E-SPLOST special election referendum in Stephens County. Early voting ended on Friday afternoon at the Stephens County Registrar’s Office in downtown Toccoa. Election Day is tomorrow and for that, voting will move to the Stephens County Senior Center on Rose Lane in Toccoa. Polls tomorrow at the Senior Center […]

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Public Meetings To Be Held on Shoreline Management Plan

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia The U.S. Corps of Engineers’ Savannah District wants to hear from property owners around Lake Hartwell regarding its proposed new shoreline management plan. The shoreline management plan provides guidance and information for Corps managers and the public on managing the reservoir’s shoreline and adjacent public lands and waters controlled by the project. It also […]

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Trout Stocking Underway in Ga.

Trout stocking is underway in Georgia for this season. Regular weekly trout stockings are starting this week in Georgia, as 70,000 trout are getting ready to hit the water. This comes after the state stocked 40,000 trout early during the week of March 6. Despite the low stream flows being experienced in north Georgia, state officials said the trout stocking […]

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