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A recent adult craft time was held at the Banks County Public Library with ladies making festive holiday wreaths. The craft time was held before the library was closed due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. As a caution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), Banks …

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The Georgia Department of Driver Services has suspended all road testing, non-commercial and commercial, until further notice. Additionally, some DDS Customer Service Centers have closed due to workforce shortages. Some licensing needs can be handled online at www.dds.georgia.gov or on the m…

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James Otis and Kayla Dodd Rylee announce the birth of their daughter, Bonnie Ruth Rylee, on March 16, 2020, at 8:02 a.m. at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton. She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long.

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The Maysville Public Library recently held an adults Spanish speaking class led by teacher, Esther Smith. The class met weekly for almost one year and started with the basics and progressed over the time period until they were approaching conversational Spanish. In this time, they mastered s…

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The Ninth District Opportunity, Inc., offers cooling help for the elderly and medically homebound in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

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Final touches are underway for the 22nd Annual “A Night of Hope for Children” Live and Silent Auction on March 20 at 6:00 p.m. at The Venue at Friendship Springs in Flowery Branch. Presented by Akins, the event is The Tree House’s main fundraiser of the year with over 20 live auction items a…

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Shown at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Brotherhood meeting this past weekened are Gordon Worley, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Brotherhood coordinator (left) and Zach Watson, pastor, (right).

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Crabgrass has been a plague on the lawn as long as I can remember. The spring comes and the lawn greens up well and looks great, and then as it gets warmer, you see the dreaded crabgrass start to return. Once crabgrass grows, it can be a bear to get rid of after it has established itself in …

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Carissa McFadden with the Banks County Sheriff's Office is reading to students at Banks County Primary School as part of the Read Across America celebration.

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Brittany Bryan from the Piedmont Athens Regional speakers bureau was the speaker recently for Mended Hearts chapter 171 of North Georgia , Commerce. She spoke about the leading causes and symptoms of strokes. Stroke is a leading cause of disability She said that 80 percent of strokes can be …

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Sheriff Carlton Speed is shown reading to Banks County Primary School students as part of the Read Across America celebration.

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Josh Ivey with the Banks County Sheriff's Office is shown at Banks County Primary School reading to students as part of the Read Across America celebration.

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Hunter Echols was honored with a birthday party at Get Air. He is the son of Ashely and Jeremy Echols. We want to wish Hunter a happy birthday.

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The Banks County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting recently at Tiny Town Restaurant in Homer. The Banks County Chamber of Commerce CVB held a ribbon cutting recently at Tiny Town Restaurant in Homer. Jennifer Gravitt is the new owner of the restaurant, located at 1035 Historic Homer …

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The Rotary Club of Banks County announced the creation of a brand new $1,000 scholarship for college bound high school seniors. The award will be based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and an express interest in pursuing a religious or ministerial education or related fie…

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As we begin planning our garden for the year, one thing that we should always remain focused on is soil health. Keeping a healthy soil full of nutrients is the greatest contributor to the productivity of your garden or crop. Organic matter is a major component of soil health. Last article I …

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Annabelle and Katie Wofford, Hollingsworth community, were ready to sled when snow fell across north Georgia on Saturday.

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Ridge Meeks, Homer, enjoyed being out in the snow on Saturday.

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Caelan Whitfield was honored Friday night with family and friends getting together to help him celebrate his birthday. They all enjoyed eating out together in Lavonia. We want to wish him a very happy birthday.

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A training session has been set for dementia caregivers. Practical skills will be taught at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Banks County Adult Learning Center, located at 127 Hudson Valley Drive, Homer.

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I just want to say thank you Ken Mize for your 51 years in law enforcement. There have been so many children that you have made a difference in their lives. You are loved by so many, I am proud to say that I can call you my friend. There have been lots of good times we had from taking kids t…

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It’s strangely fascinating how long you can stand outside the gate at Buckingham Palace in London and peep through the bars and watch the guards march back and forth. They stand perfectly still for a long time and suddenly march back and forth.

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Here in northeast Georgia we are well known for our red clay, however this type of soil can prove challenging to grow a garden in without the proper amendments. Two natural properties of Georgia clay that can be a hinderance to a productive garden are the acidic nature and generally low orga…

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Congratulations to Kyle and Maggie McKittrick on the birth of their daughter, Thea Ruth McKittrick. She was born on Sunday, Jan. 23. She weighed seven pounds and six ounces and was 20 and a half inches long. She joins a proud big sister, Reagan, 22 months old. She is the granddaughter of Gre…

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One photo showed me with my head propped on my hand. My eyes were closed. It looked like I could barely hold my head up.

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Congratulations to Drew and Kendall Elrod of Cleveland on the birth of their daughter Beth-Aven Berlin Elrod. She was born on Friday, Jan. 17, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. She weighed seven pounds and four ounces. She joins a proud big sister Bellamy Branch Elrod. She is the granddau…

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A few people are trying their luck with "play money" at the casino tables at the Banks County Chamber CVB Annual Dinner.

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Banks County High School ambassadors assisted at the dinner.

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Todd and Ginger Hubbard are shown at the Banks County Chamber of Commerce CVB Annual Dinner.

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Whether you are a home owner or a large agriculture producer, we are all faced with multiple challenges throughout the year from insects, plant diseases, wildlife or fertilizing questions. For over 100 years, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has provided free, reliable, research-b…

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Silver Shoals Baptist Church will hold a special singing on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. Special singers will be the band Georgia. Come out and worship with us. Everyone is invited. A love offering will be taken up during the singing.

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Every year the University of Georgia sponsors a series of seminars around the state to get an outlook on agriculture markets in the forthcoming year. This year, Jaemor Farms in Alto will host the event for Northeast Georgia on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Alicia Andrews and Tina Garrett led the efforts to organize the 1920s-themed Banks County Chamber of Commerce CVB Annual Dinner, held Jan. 12 at Grant Hill Farm.

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This week remember to pray for our president and the leader of our country but most of all the men and women serving our country. God Bless America.

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Maysville Rotarian Scott Bell digs a hole and sets the post for the Little Free Library that will be housed at Maysville Elementary School. "We are blessed to be a part of this wonderful project,” leaders state. "Keep sending in those books so that the Rotarians can rotate books in and out.”

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The Banks County Sheriff’s Office recently held it’s annual Shop With A Hero program. Students shopped for clothes and toys with deputies and other public service employees. The volunteers shopped at Walmart at Banks Crossing with the children. Breakfast was also provided. In addition to the…

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Congratulations to Westly and Amy Griffin on the birth of their son, Houston West Griffin. He was born on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 1:13 a.m. at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He was the first baby to be born on Christmas Day. He weighed seven pounds and five ounces and was 20 ½ inches long.…

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Andrea Peace and Jordan Thomas of Little Rock, Arkansas, announce the birth of a son, Luke Henry Thomas, born Wednesday, Dec. 18. He weighed six pounds and eight ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His proud grandparents are Kevin and Melanie Weatherby of Maysville, Robin and April Thomas of Ca…

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Christmas will be a lot brighter for four Department of Family and Children Services families thanks to the Banks County Democratic Committee. Cary and Debbie Paulk (on left) thoroughly enjoyed playing the role of Santa’s helpers by delivering all the clothing and toys donated by Banks Democ…