Homer, Georgia

1998 IN REVIEW:
A look at Banks County's top news stories


JANUARY
·A fire at Tanger Outlet Center at Banks Crossing led to $1 million in damage. The fire originated in a stack of towels in the Fieldcrest Cannon Store. Water, smoke and heat damage totally destroyed the contents of the store. Three other stores also received water and smoke damage.
·In a move toward 24-hour police protection, the Maysville Town Council hired another full-time officer as part of the Community Oriented Policing Services grant.
·A new Banks County welcome center opened at the Tanger I Factory Outlet Center office at Banks Crossing.
·The Banks County Planning Commission approved plans for a 50-child daycare center and a 48-home subdivision. The Banks County Board of Commissioners later approved both requests.
·Don Shubert was named chairman of the Banks County Board of Education. Len Dalton was named vice chairman.
·The Baldwin/Demorest water plant ended the year $69,000 in the black.
·The Banks County Board of Commissioners began plans for a design phase to get water lines looped throughout the county.
·China Doll owner Maggie Chang was ordered to stop selling alcohol for at least 60 days after an employee violated a Banks County ordinance by serving a beer to a customer on Sunday.
·Banks County former chief deputy Ben Whisnant's position was "dissolved" by Sheriff Charles Chapman. Whisnant said he was fired because of "political fears" the sheriff had.
·Baldwin residents appeared before the city council to complain about packs of dogs in the city. No action was taken, but the citizens were told to call 911 with complaints of dangerous dogs.
·Banks County officials received verbal notification that the ISO ratings would be lowered to a class six for all residents who live within a five-mile radius of a fire station. This will reduce the fire ratings for those citizens by 40 to 50 percent.
·The Homer Town Council discussed enacting zoning codes in a joint meeting with Banks County officials. No action was taken.
·The Lula City Council annexed 14 residences into the city.
·Alto postponed some road improvement projects until the weather improved.
·The Banks County Development Authority discussed looking near Alto for a site for an industrial park.
·Maysville residents got a chance to voice their concerns about air quality at a proposed feed mill during a public hearing held by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
 
FEBRUARY
·A Maysville child was not injured after spending 30 minutes in an underground well. Family members and rescue workers assisted in getting him out of the well.
·Brendia Nix was named the systemwide "Teacher of the Year" for the Banks County School System.
·Homer officials asked for input on zoning for the town.
·Banks County and Homer officials went to Atlanta to meet with Rep. Jeanette Jamieson on annexing property at Banks Crossing into the city.
·Homer officials agreed to let Banks County provide water service above the Hudson River on Hwy. 441.
·After meeting with Rep. Jeanette Jamieson, the Homer Town Council agreed to investigate the procedures for holding a referendum asking residents to vote for liquor by the drink. The movement is part of an effort to annex property at Banks Crossing. Officials believe liquor by the drink must be approved before the property is annexed because several businesses at Banks Crossing are serving alcoholic beverages.
·Baldwin Mayor Mark Reed asked that legislation be introduced to allow municipalities to use prison labor without paying the state $30,000 for the cost of a guard. Baldwin is in need of help with city drainage problems and general clean-up around the city.
·The Banks County Board of Commissioners agreed to continue the search for a building inspector in hopes of finding a certified applicant. The county received five applicants but none of them are certified.
·After receiving a petition with 650 names, the Georgia Department of Transportation agreed to conduct a traffic survey for red lights or flashing lights at three Banks County intersections.
·The Baldwin City Council denied a "hardship variance" to a woman who asked to continue living in a modular home.
·Plans were made to form an advisory committee to oversee revamping of the county's zoning ordinance. The Banks County Board of Commissioners will be involved in the process and will take final action on any recommendations.
·Even though there have been two months of bad weather, school superintendent Dock Sisk said January 1999 is still the proposed completion date of the new Banks County High School.
·Consultants presented the first draft of a subdivision regulation to the Maysville City Council. Members of the council plan to review the plans and make recommendations at a later meeting.
·A group of Lula citizens appeared before the city council meeting to speak on "unrestricted growth" that is appearing in the town. A spokesman asked the council to take a close look at infrastructure, as many developers make plans to bring subdivisions into the area.
·The Alto Town Council discussed expanding its city hall and creating a park near it. No action was taken, but the group will apparently continue to look into it.
·The Georgia Environmental Protection Division issued an air quality permit for Continental Grains to locate in Maysville.
·The Banks County High School Lady Leopards basketball team headed into the Region 8-A tournament as the north sub-region number two seed. The boys' team ended the season with an 11-11 regular season record and a 1-3 post-season record.
·After holding numerous discussions on annexing Banks Crossing into the City of Homer, county leaders looked at another option to solve the problem. The Banks County Board of Commissioners suggested consolidation of county and city governments. No action was taken, but further meetings will be held.
·Five people qualified in Baldwin and two people in Maysville for a special election to be held on March 17. In Baldwin, Brian Keith Carey, Michael Carroll, Mitchell Gailey, Ray Holcomb and David Sherman qualified to fill the position of former councilman Curtis Thomason, who moved out of the city. In Maysville, Stephen Lewis and Kristy Cannon qualified to fill the unexpired term vacated when Richard Presley became mayor.
·The Banks County Board of Commissioners began looking into offering natural gas services.
·Drew Brantley was named sports editor of The Banks County News.
·The Banks County High School Lady Leopard basketball team lost in the Region 8-A playoff tournament and ended the season with a 18-8 record.
 
MARCH
·After placing a legal advertisement in The Banks County News stating her intent to introduce legislation to annex Banks Crossing into the City of Homer, state Rep. Jeanette Jamieson apparently decided to delay taking any action. In a letter to the BOC, she said she would not take any issue on the matter during the 1998 legislative session.
·Residents of Hunter's Glen asked the Maysville City Council to consider replacing a three-inch water line with a line that is adequate for fire hydrants. No action was taken.
·Five candidates qualified for the election in Baldwin to fill a vacant council seat. They included: Keith Carey, Michael Carroll, Mitchell Gailey, W. Ray Holcomb and Dave Sherman.
·Kristy Cannon was appointed to serve on the Maysville Town Council after Stephen Lewis withdraws from the special election called to fill a vacant council seat.
·Rep. Jeanette Jamieson announced that Banks County High School would receive $500,000 in state funds for vocational lab equipment at its new facility. It was also announced that some $42,800 in state funds might be provided to assist with the relocation of the Department of Family and Children Services.
·The Banks County Board of Commissioners named 10 people to serve on a committee to look at updating the county ordinances. Those named were: Sandra Garrison, Harold Ivey, Bobby Whitlock, Weldon Mintz, Jerry Boling, Bob Marshburn, Max Lewallen, Fred Wendt, Jack Banks and Barnett Collins.
·The alcohol license was reinstated at China Doll Restaurant after a 60-day suspension for violation of the alcohol ordinance.
·The Baldwin Town Council agreed to give an elderly woman an extra 30 days to move her mobile home or begin construction of a stick-built home. Jewell Dowis had asked for a hardship variance earlier to be allowed to leave the mobile home on the site.
·At a Homer City Council meeting, the majority of the council spoke out against a proposal to consolidate the town and the county.
·Mitchell Gailey was elected fill a vacant seat on the Baldwin Town Council.
·The Development Authority of Banks County agreed to pay Banks County $5,000 a month to operate its sewer system in the industrial park. The amount includes general operating costs and minor repairs.
·The City of Alto agreed to seek an alternative water source from Banks County.
·The Lula Town Council agreed to begin enforcing an ordinance that will require residents to clean up junk piles in the city and correct safety hazards at abandoned houses.
·MainStreet Newspapers, parent company of The Banks County News, launched a Web site featuring its four newspapers in northeast Georgia.
·The Alto Town Council approved a $250,000 budget.
·Two victims of domestic violence and a member of the district attorney's staff blasted the Banks County sheriff's office over how the department handles reports of abuse. But Sheriff Charles Chapman defended how his department responded to such incidents, saying that aggressors are jailed if they can be identified.
·Banks County public safety workers assisted Hall Countians in cleaning up from the destruction caused by a tornado that killed at least 12 people, injured almost 100 and destroyed one school and many other buildings and homes.
·Banks County was awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to go toward building a new health department. It will be built on the Windmill Farms Complex near the senior center.
 
APRIL
·The handing out of Bibles on school grounds sparked an intense review of the practice by the Banks County Board of Education. The board met to discuss the issue following a letter received last year from the American Civil Liberties Union about the practice. No action was taken.
·Representatives from Municipal Development Services met with members of the Banks County Board of Commissioners to outline a plan to build a new facility for the department of family and children services.
·The BOC discussed hiring an administrative assistant to handle grant writing, grant administration, economic development and personnel issues.
·The Banks County Department of Family and Children Services made plans to form a "Court-Appointed Special Advocates" program to assist foster children.
·The Banks BOC and Maysville City Council officials met to discuss a water service contract, but didn't agree on how it should be handled. The disagreement is over who will own a water line on Hwy. 98 which is in the development stages and who will be allowed to service the area.
·The Maysville Town Council agreed that all roads in housing developments must meet the standards of Jackson County.
·Kevin Henderson resigned from the Maysville City Council because he moved out of the city limits.
·A group of Banks County citizens began an effort to solicit input from residents on "dictating how personal property can be used." Buddy Queen sent a letter to voters asking for input.
·Several Banks County citizens requesting that their property be rezoned to intensive agriculture refused to let the planning commission place a moratorium on their request. The planners went ahead and heard the requests and made recommendations on them.
·By a 3-2 voter, the Banks County Planning Commission decided to pass the buck to the commissioners concerning a request for an additional chicken house on a farm that neighbors say already causes problems.
·The Banks County BOE approved a plan presented by primary school principal Jimmy Hooper which would give extra instruction time for kindergarten students who did not necessarily need to repeat the entire course but were not ready to be promoted to first grade.
·The "World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt" was again held in Homer with thousands of people attending.
·Bill Grant was named as the city manager for the City of Baldwin.
·The Baldwin Town Council again postponed a request to rezone four city lots on Willingham Avenue from residential to highway business.
·The Development Authority of Banks County again met to discuss the possibility of selling natural gas. No action was taken.
·The Homer Town Council made plans to fine tune an ordinance to allow liquor by the drink. The action comes after a request by Phil Scales to serve drinks at his golf course clubhouse on Samples Scales Road.
·After approving the request of three citizens to be rezoned from Agricultural Rural Residential to Intensive Agriculture and denying two more, the Banks County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to place a moratorium on intensive ag zoning.
·The Development Authority of Banks County met to discuss focusing on economic development. The move followed the group contracting with the county to run the day-to-day operations of the sewer system.
·Banks County Commissioner Gary Freeman announced that he won't seek re-election. His term ends in December.
·Tom Booker withdrew his request to locate another chicken house on his County Line Road farm. His decision followed public outcry about the plans.
·The Banks County BOE approved plans for soccer to be played next spring at the high school.
·The newly formed committee to look into updating Banks County's zoning ordinances held its first meeting. First on the agenda will be to find a middle ground between intensive agriculture and agricultural rural residential. No action was taken, but further meetings were planned.
·Excessive lead was found in drinking water samples from three Maysville homes. The lead is not in the water supply, but in the pipes leading to the homes.
·The Alto Town Council agreed to go ahead with plans to expand city hall and build a playground. The city hall expansion is expected to cost $36,000, and the playground $52,000.
·Maysville officials began making plans to implement permit or review fees to cover expenses incurred with new developments.
·After a few complaints about animals, the Lula Town Council began looking at implementing animal control in the city. Complaints range from stray animals to dogs tearing up the trash.
·The BJC Medical Center Authority agreed to pay a company $15,000 to assist in recruiting physicians and to establish an "incentive program" for new and current doctors to refer people to the hospital.
 
MAY
·Those who qualified for the Post 2 seat on the Banks County Board of Commissioners were: Clifton "Pete" Hill, Harold Ivey, Luke Parson, and Ernest Rogers, all Democrats, and Beverly Thompson, a Republican. As for Post 3, incumbent Danny Maxwell, a Democrat, will face two Democrat challengers, James Pat Westmoreland and Ricki Blackwell.
·Those who qualified for Post 3 on the Banks County Board of Education were: incumbent Don Shubert, a Democrat, and Michael Patrick Boyle, also a Democrat. Incumbent Bo Garrison was the only one to qualify for Post 5 on the BOE.
·State Rep. Jeanette Jamieson, who represents Banks County, was the only one to qualify for the District 22 seat on the House of Representatives.
·By a vote of 2-1, Ben Whisnant was hired as Banks County's purchasing and grant administrator.
·Maysville council member Ralph Sailors resigned from the city council due to a Georgia law that prevents him from serving on the council and working for the city. This move leaves the city council without a quorum since councilman Kevin Henderson resigned earlier.
·The Banks County BOC agreed to place 33 roads that are being maintained by the county on the map and give them road number designations. The BOC is also looking at abandoning roads which are found to "serve no public purpose."
·The Lady Leopards placed third in the state golf tournament with the boys placing eighth in the state.
·The Baldwin Town Council agreed to annex a 39-acre tract of land where a proposed subdivision, Banks Ridge Subdivision, will be located.
·A disagreement between Banks County High School principal Gary Brown and BOE chairman Bo Garrison apparently led to Brown resigning.
·The Homer Town Council held a secret ballot vote on naming a replacement for a vacant council seat. But the vote deadlocked 2-2 and the seat remained open.
·The City of Alto agreed to look to Baldwin as a secondary source of water.
·Plans for the Tanger I outlet center at Banks Crossing to get a facelift were revealed by general manager Ward Williams at a meeting of the Banks County Chamber of Commerce.
·The Lula City Council approved a budget of $310,000, which is up four percent over last year.
·Griffin Brothers Construction was the low bidder for the next phase of the Banks County water line project which will link the east and west sides of the system together. The bid came in at $1.62 million.
·Engineers reported at the Lula City Council meeting that the town is in "good shape" to hook on additional customers to the city sewer system if it could get a permit for a higher capacity from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
·Less than a week after resigning, Banks County High School principal Gary Brown accepted a job with the Gwinnett County school system. He will serve as associate principal at Brookwood High School in Snellville.
·Georgia Department of Transportation member Steve Reynolds told Banks County officials that he is continuing to push for a bypass through Homer.
·The Alto Town Council agreed to look into forming its own police department.
 
JUNE
·The Banks County Board of Commissioners announced plans to proceed with building a reservoir at the Windmill Farms Complex. Plans are to bid the project in 1999.
·The Banks County BOC asked Sheriff Charles Chapman to keep his budget under $1 million. In budget hearings, the sheriff submitted a $1.07 million budget, but county leaders asked him to review it and decrease it to $990,000.
·By a 3-2 vote, Roy Broome was named to serve on the Homer Town Council.
·Regions Bank announced plans to locate a new facility in Maysville.
·The Banks County BOC approved a plan that could triple the sewage capacity at Banks Crossing. Atlanta Dragway agreed to go into a lease agreement with Banks County to allow the county to use 77.3 acres of their property to spray treated sewer water. The cost of the proposal is $5 per acre, per month. The agreement is for 10 years with a 10-year renewal option.
·The Homer Town Council continues to fine-tune a proposed ordinance to allow alcohol by the drink in the city. City attorney David Jones presented council members with a copy of a Hall County ordinance to study before next month's meeting.
·The Banks County Sheriff's Department is once again under investigation by the United States Department of Labor. Officials told Sheriff Charles Chapman that this is a random follow-up due to the dispute in 1996 when the county paid back wages of almost $90,000.
·Banks County received a $10,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to build a recycling center across from the courthouse on Yonah-Homer Road.
·The loss of more than two months' work days will delay the opening of the new Banks County High School, according to an update presented by superintendent Dock Sisk.
·The Alto City Council agreed to a proposal from the City of Demorest to use three of its employees for police protection. The Demorest police chief and two officers from the department will serve in Alto on a part-time basis. The department is expected to be in operation by August.
·Joe Roy was named fire chief for the City of Baldwin.
·Banks County was awarded a grant of $10,000 for recreation improvements.
·The Banks County BOC agreed to extend sewer service from Sonny's Bar-B-Q to the Jackson County line.
·The Lula City Council agreed to enter into an animal control agreement with Hall County. The details of the agreement were not finalized.
·The BOC discussed calling a referendum on the sale of packaged liquor sales. No action was taken.
 
JULY
·Real estate sales increased in Banks County by almost 50 percent during the first six months of 1998 compared to the same period last year. Real estate sales totaled $15 million during January to June this year, compared to $10.9 million last year.
·Residential construction also increased during the first half of the year. In 1997, some $6.4 million in residential construction was reported during the first six months, compared to $6.8 million so far this year.
·The Banks County News once against took first place honors for general excellence in the Georgia Press Association's annual "Better Newspaper Contest."
·The first phase of the county water system was completed. The $7.2 million project began in the late 1980s.
·The Banks County BOE approved a 10.4 millage rate for 1999 which is the same as in 1998.
·The Banks County BOC agreed to increase its water and sewer services to Banks Crossing in anticipation of future demands.
·Jan Bertrang was named the new Banks County High School principal.
·A motion to pay Development Authority members for their work passed. Members will make $50 per monthly meeting, while the chairman will receive $100.
·Jonnie Dalton was named the "Good Citizen" by the Banks County Chamber of Commerce.
·A five percent raise was approved for employees of the City of Homer.
·The BOC amended the county's adult entertainment ordinance by denying the sale of alcohol at the businesses.
·Don Shubert defeated Mike Boyle in his re-election bid to the BOE.
·Two seats on the BOC are still up for grabs following the General Election. In the run-off, Harold Ivey and Ernest Rogers will face each other, as will Pat Westmoreland and Danny Maxwell.
·The Lula Town Council made plans to correct water pressure problems following a citizen's complaint.
·The Baldwin Town Council agreed to pay a private firm to conduct criminal background checks in the city.
·Alto mayor Jack King defended the city's move to hire a part-time police department officer during a council meeting.
·The plans to construct a new health department building in Banks County were put on hold after the architect hired for the job tied that commitment with also being named grant administrator.
·A budget hearing was held with the BOC reviewing a proposed $5.7 million budget.
 
AUGUST
·Wings began fundraising to establish a battered women's shelter in Banks County.
·The Baldwin Town Council approved mandatory garbage pick up for its residents.
·Ernest Rogers and Pat Westmoreland came out on top in the run-off election in their bids for a seat on the BOC.
·The Baldwin Town Council approved a contract to offer water to Alto for emergency use only.
·The Banks County BOE approved a $13.7 million budget.
·The Georgia Department of Transportation offered the Lula Town Council $250,000 to close three "poorly aligned" railroad crossings and build one with lights, bells and bars at Eighth Street.
·Maysville and the Banks County BOC disagreed over a 1991 water agreement.
·Alto offered a voting precinct to Banks County in order to have a place to hold elections closer to home.
·The Homer Town Council approved a $302,800 budget for 1999.
·The Maysville Town Council asked its attorney to prepare a leash law ordinance.
·A citizen appeared before the Lula City Council with a petition with 185 signatures supporting locating a swimming pool in the town. No action was taken but city leaders spoke of the cost and the liability.
·After three months of negotiations, the BOC approved two requests for cell towers on Barefoot Road.
·Enrollment tops 2,133 in county schools when classes get underway.
·Steve Shupe was named Banks County High School assistant principal.
·The city of Alto agreed to hold an election in November to elect a mayor and three council members because a few people spoke out at a meeting in opposition to the leaders being appointed instead of elected. They were appointed because no one ran for the vacant seats. The council also agreed to put a referendum on the ballot on forming a police department.
·The board of directors for the Maysville Fire District attempted to put out some smoldering flames on its own but declined to oust a volunteer fireman. The board, meeting for the third time in a week, instructed fire chief James Lyles and volunteer fireman Greg Wells to work through their "personal differences."
 
SEPTEMBER
·Alto's Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute offered incentives to recruit employees to handle the shortage of 20 to 30 officers.
·The Baldwin City Council completed a $40,000 facelift with the remodeling of city offices and the additions at the fire and police departments.
·Allen-Smith Consulting was hired as the grant administrator for constructing a new health department.
·Scales Crossing Subdivision plans moved ahead with the approval of phase two and three of the development.
·Six Banks County high school and middle school students were accused of selling marijuana cigarettes at school.
·Banks County officials discussed opening a new fire department to cover the Banks County side of Maysville located outside the city limits.
·The Homer City Council increased its garbage rates to cover the cost of providing the service.
·The BOC looked over, but took no action, on a proposal to purchase water lines and take over 51 water customers from Baldwin.
·Baldwin citizens trashed mandatory garbage service but the council still agreed to implement it as of Oct. 1. They also agreed to discuss it further before October.
·The Alto Town Council reversed a decision it made last month to hold a special election after finding out it went against the town charter.
·The Maysville Town Council increased its water and sewer rates.
·Maysville council member Kristy Cannon said at a meeting that her concerns about the fire department filling up the dunking booth for Maysville Baptist Church had gotten way out of hand due to "gossip."
·Baldwin issued a citation to a woman for not moving a mobile home after being ordered to do so.
·The Maysville City Council set its tax rate at 1.5 mills which is the same as in 1998.
·Baldwin city manager Bill Grant resigned. The council agreed not to look for an interim city manager or anyone to take his place. Council members agreed to assist at city hall and to hire Graham Owens as a financial advisor or an as-needed basis.
·The BOC agreed to tighten security at the courthouse by installing a wireless alarm system and electronic lock system.
·Robert M. Burns Jr. was hired as the administrator at BJC Nursing Home.
·Vandalism, car theft and gangs led 200 Lula citizens to sign a petition calling for law enforcement coverage in the town.
·Plans for a 86-home modular home subdivision were disclosed at a meeting of the Lula Town Council.
·Even as plans for the annual Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival were finalized, a heated controversy continued between some members of the group planning the event and volunteers of the town's fire department.
·The Baldwin City Council took final action on making garbage service mandatory.
 
OCTOBER
·Drug dogs came up empty-handed during a search at Banks County High School and Banks County Middle School, but some parents were upset about the procedure for the search.
·The Banks County News won six national awards in the National Newspaper Association's annual "Better Newspaper Contest."
·The Maysville Town Council loosened its animal control ordinance by only targeting animals when a complaint is filed.
·The Homer Town Council approved the plans for Scales Creek Subdivision.
·A group of Baldwin citizens asked the town council to reconsider increasing the water rates.
·Banks County moved forward to open the Grove Level fire station to cover most of the territory that is now covered through a contract with the city of Maysville.
·Baldwin passed an agreement with View Fire Department in order to lower the ISO rating.
·The BOC agreed to hire a certified building inspector to create a new fee structure for the county.
·The BOC reviewed plans to triple the sewer capacity at Banks Crossing.
·The Banks County School System was named "1998 Best Practices" winner by the United States Department of Agriculture for innovation in its school nutrition program.
·The Alto Town Council agreed for the tax rate to remain at .59 mills.
·A plan was unveiled for development on Martin Bridge Road.
·A Maysville city employee accused a council member of "slander" and threatened a lawsuit if it did not stop.
·The BOC approved a 7.55 millage rate for 1999.
·Banks County received a grant to purchase two weather warning sirens for the county.
·In a 3-1 vote, the Homer Town Council approved resolutions allowing the sale of beer, wine and distilled spirits by the drink.
 
NOVEMBER
·Bo Garrison was re-elected to the Post 5 seat on the board of education.
·Pat Westmoreland and Ernest Rogers were elected to serve on the board of commissioners.
·A bank robber took $16,000 from Regions Bank at Banks Crossing and fled on a motorcycle.
·Once again, the Maysville Town Council went behind closed doors to discuss possible disciplinary action against a city employee. No action was taken.
·Fort Hollingsworth-White House was named to the National Register of Historic Places.
·Sherry Ward was named the new executive assistant to the Banks County Chamber of Commerce.
·34 people sued KFC after allegedly getting sick from food purchased there.
·The Homer Town Council agreed to appoint a committee as the first step in adopting a zoning ordinance in the city.
·The City of Baldwin was fined $250 by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for non-compliance at the waste water treatment plant.
·Homer annexed 19 acres for a new golf community planned in the county.
·The Lula Town Council agreed to close three railroad crossings and build a new one at Eighth Street with lights, bells and bars.
·The Development Authority of Banks County agreed to purchase water from the county instead of from the City of Commerce.
·The BOC agreed to a $631,000 loan from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority for an expansion of the sewer system.
·The Alto Town Council agreed to seek financing to replace almost five miles of water lines in the city that contain asbestos.
·Banks County Middle School employees were awarded $60,000 as part of the state "Pay for Performance" program.
·The Banks County Chamber of Commerce announced the creation of a new web page.
·Maysville officials met once again to discuss a water agreement with Banks County. No action was taken.
·A state soil official checked out several sites at the request of Maysville council member Kristy Cannon.
 
DECEMBER
·Lauren "Bubba" McDonald was elected to a seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission.
·An armed robber hit the Holiday Inn Express at Banks Crossing taking several hundred dollars in cash.
·The Banks County BOC approved several zoning changes following several months of study by a citizen's committee.
·Harold Ivey and Ed Lindorme were named to the Banks County Planning Commission. Gene McDuffie and Jimmy Cochran resigned.
·Maysville and Banks County officials approved a water contract.
·The Maysville City Council approved a $301,300 budget for 1999.
·A dedication ceremony was held at the birthplace of Ty Cobb where the "corn crib" had been repaired.
·Dennis Marlow resigned as the BCHS football coach. He took a job as assistant principal at the middle school.
·In a 4-1 meeting, the Baldwin Town Council agreed to begin the process to hire a city manager.
·Banks County officials met to discuss forming a water and sewer authority. No action was taken.
·Bonnie Johnson stepped down as president of the Banks County Chamber of Commerce after serving six years.
·The Development Authority agreed to look into purchasing land for future development and hiring an employee to oversee economic developments.
·The Baldwin Town Council approved the millage rate at 5 mills, up slightly over this year's rate of 4.75 mills.
·The Lula City Council approved several amendments to its zoning ordinance.
·Outgoing president Bonnie Johnson was honored at the annual Banks County Chamber of Commerce Christmas dinner. Don Stewart will serve as the new president.

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