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Fashion, Harmony Grove-style
At the turn of the century, the 20th century,
that is, fashionable ladies in Harmony Grove cinched in their
waists to impossibly small measurements...
Hall still rules nation's all-time rushing roost
Last year, Commerce's Monté Williams became the all-time
leading rusher in his school's history. This year, he has a chance
to break the Georgia record for career rushing...
District tourneys up and running
The Banks County Recreation Department all-stars
will continue play in their district tournaments this week.
Rabid Dog Bites Commerce Man
A Commerce man is receiving treatment to protect against rabies
after being bitten by a rabid dog last week in Banks County.
Charles Vickery of Wood Street said he was...
Political forum set Thursday
The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau are
planning a political forum featuring candidates in the upcoming
election. The forum will be held at 7 p.m...
Drought hits county cattle farmers hard
The summertime blues have hit Madison County farmers once again
- ponds are low, pastures are dying and some...
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Jake Howington, 1, waves a flag while waiting for fireworks
to began Tuesday night in Homer.
BOC reviews proposed
County employees interested in long-term Banks County careers
may soon have a set salary schedule to help them determine future
For several weeks, county commissioners have been reviewing the
preliminary results of a $12,000 salary study, commissioned through
the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and completed
by a private Atlanta area firm.
The board of commissioners is expected to vote whether to adopt
the proposed schedule at its regular meeting on July 11.
Currently, salaries are not consistent among workers who perform
essentially identical job functions; they are determined largely
by individual department heads, within budget constraints set
by the board of commissioners.
If adopted, the schedule would remove the guesswork and set uniform
entry-level salaries within specific job titles, doing so for
the first time in the county's history, BOC chairman James Dumas
With the proposed plan, county workers and those considering
county employment would have a tool to help them determine whether
positions will meet their future needs. The plan would set up
pay grades. Minimum, mid-point and maximum salaries would be
defined within each grade.
The mid-point salary might be reached after approximately seven
years of county employment, commissioners have discussed. Increases
from minimum to mid-point and maximum would be based upon merit
and would vary from employee to employee, reflecting the score
of an annual performance review of each worker.
Cost-of-living increases, when granted, would be given in addition
to any merit increase, under the plan. Once maximum salaries
are reached, merit increases would cease, but cost-of-living
increases could continue to advance the salary beyond the maximum
figure, officials say.
Every three years, the county should conduct a less extensive
survey of salaries in surrounding counties, Dumas said, to determine
whether adjustments should be made to the schedule.
Under the proposal, a custodian would enter county employment
at the lowest pay grade, #7, at an annual entry-level salary
of $14,683 and reach a merit-based maximum at $20,556.
At the opposite end of the scale, employees in five management
positions would enter county employment at pay grade #35. The
county clerk/finance officer, communications/emergency management
agency director, emergency medical services director, water department
director and fire chief would enter at $32,447, reach mid-point
at $38,936 and maximum at $45,426.
Job descriptions within each job classification are not yet complete,
but some delineations have been made.
(See this week's Banks County News for the complete story.)
end drug investigation
Two men were arrested on drug charges Friday to end an investigation
by the Banks County Sheriff's Office and the Northeast Georgia
Narcotics Task Force.
Based on undercover agent purchases, a warrant was served at
247 Trout Lane on Friday. After serving the warrant and searching
the premises, Paul Clinton Kelly, 24, Commerce, and Gregory Steve
Nations, 27, Maysville, were both arrested, Banks County sheriff
Charles Chapman said. Kelly was charged with possession of methamphetamines
with the intent to distribute. Nations was charged with possession
of the same drug.
Chapman stated that the arrests came as the result of several
weeks of investigation.
Others charged last week by the sheriff's office include:
·Louis Vohrer, 31, Baldwin, criminal trespass.
·Larry Junior Sain, 48, Homer, possession of less than
one ounce of marijuana and three counts of aggravated assault.
·Larry Brown Logan, 47, Homer, disorderly conduct and
obstruction of an officer.
·Billy Wayne Gerrells, 41, Cleveland, possession of cocaine.
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BCN wins 10 state
The Banks County News won 10 awards in the annual Georgia Press
Association's "Better Newspaper Contest," including
placing among the top three newspapers in the state in its category.
The News placed third in overall general excellence. The News
has placed in the general excellence category for the past five
The Madison County Journal, Danielsville, which is also owned
by MainStreet Newspapers of Jefferson, won second place in general
excellence. First place went to The Morgan County Citizen.
The News won first place for hard news writing, news photograph
and headline writing; second place for business coverage, local
news coverage and photo essay; and third place for community
service, sports photograph and sports section.
The first-place hard news writing award for former news editor
Sherry Lewis was for a series of stories on the fire set by an
arsonist at New Salem United Methodist Church that led to the
death of a volunteer firefighter and destroyed the historic church.
The first-place news photograph award for photograph editor Travis
Hatfield was from the funeral of the firefighter killed in the
The second place photo essay award for Lewis was for a page spread
on the fire muster held by the local fire departments.
The third place community service award was for three editorials,
a column and various features and news stories on domestic violence
written by Lewis and editor Angela Gary.
The sports photograph was a basketball shot taken by Brantley.
OTHER MAINSTREET WINNERS
MainStreet Newspapers, which also owns The Jackson Herald, The
Commerce News and The Madison County Journal, won a total of
The Jackson Herald won 10 awards, including: first place in editorial
page and spot news photograph; second place in feature photograph,
headline writing, photo essay; and third place in local news
coverage, news photograph, religion coverage, sports section
and spot news photograph.
The Commerce News won five awards, including: second place in
editorial page and sports photograph and third place in religion
coverage, spot news photograph and information graphics.
The Madison County Journal won nine awards, including: first
place in editorial writing, feature photograph, sports photograph
and sports section; second place in general excellence, page
one, religion coverage and feature photograph; and third place
in sports writing.
(See this week's Banks County News for the complete story.)