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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…

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Congratulation to Bucky and Hannah Garrison on the birth of their son Branson Rhett Garrison. He was born Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 8:06 a.m. at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton Campus. He weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 ½ inches long. He joins his proud big brother Remingt…

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Edward and Brook Kimbrell announce the birth of their son, Brody Deacon Kimbrell, born on Oct. 6, 2019, at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens.

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Banks County Primary School second graders in Crystal Carlan's class sang Christmas carols at the Chamber of Commerce CVB breakfast meeting on Dec. 10. Music teacher, Mary Manning, is shown leading the students.

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Kodigh Vanderburg, 10 months, Maysville, just wasn’t sure about the jolly man in the red suit. Bobby Vanderburg, Maysville, is shown holding Kodigh, during the annual event at the Maysville Community Improvement Club.

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Jase Seiple, 5, and Lily Seiple, 10, Jefferson, were two of the kids that turned out at the Maysville Community Improvement Club on Dec. 14 to give Santa Claus their wish list.

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Banks County Coroner Mark Savage (R) was the first to welcome Santa to the Maysville Community Improvement Club event on Dec. 14.

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Tyler Chapman, 8, Maysville, talked to Santa at the Maysville Community Improvement Club on Dec. 14.

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Several youngsters turned out Dec. 14 at the Maysville Community Improvement Club to give Santa their wish list. Here Zoe Chapman, 4, Maysville, tells Santa what she wants for Christmas.

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Congratulations to Todd and Lori Samples of Homer on the birth of their son, Joseph Todd Samples Jr. He was born on Tuesday, December 3, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Athens. He weighed eight pounds, four ounces and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Dale and Debbie Ayers, Homer, and James a…

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The Maysville Public Library held its annual Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 12. Santa Claus was the star attraction, reading a story, taking photos with children and entire families and listening to the children give their wish lists. There was food, games, crafts and prizes.

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Linda Harper took time on Dec. 14 to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas during the Maysville Community Improvement Club’s annual event.

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Here, Lily Seiple, 10, and Jase Seiple 5, from Jefferson, are shown with members of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church in the live nativity set up during the annual Christmas in the Park event in Lula on Dec. 7.

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This float, by the Lula Worship Center, is one that took part in the annual Christmas parade in the City of Lula, on Dec. 7. Santa also arrived at the end of the parade and was available in the Lula Depot for photos.

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This float by the City of Lula featured several of the Peanuts Gang. This was one of several floats entered in the City of Lula Christmas parade held on Dec. 7

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Springfield Baptist Church members are shown getting prepared for the annual Christmas in the Park event in Lula on Dec. 7. Several churches, businesses, and other groups passed out free goodies to those in attendance at the annual event.

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Brooklynn Towe, 7, Alto, talked with Santa during the annual Alto Tree Lighting event held Dec. 5. Also shown is Mrs. Claus, Karen Roy, Alto Police Department GCIC employee.

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Members of the Alto Congregational Holiness Church played and sang Christmas carols during the annual Alto Tree Lighting event on Dec. 5. The event included free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, gift bags for each child, refreshments and finger foods. Pure Gospel Radio from Carnesville was …

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Alto Police Department officer Michael Tanksley and Wyatt Tanksley, 3, posed for a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the Alto Tree Lighting event Dec. 5.

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Even the young at heart stopped to have a photo made with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the annual Alto Tree Lighting event on Dec. 5. Here Loretta Savage, Alto, is shown visiting with Santa.

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Emma Cagle, 1 ½, Cornelia, stopped in to have her picture made with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Alto on Dec. 5.

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These two children visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Alto Tree Lighting event on Dec. 5. They are: Yamila Medina, 14 months, Alto, and Brian Hernandez, 3, Alto.

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People lined the street in Homer on Dec. 7 to take part in the annual Christmas parade. Here Santa Claus rides through town in a shiny, red Mustang convertible.

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Members of the Banks County High School JROTC took park in the Christmas parade in downtown Homer on Dec. 7.

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For those in attendance at the annual Homer Christmas parade on Dec. 7 they got to see Frosty the Snowman riding on top of the Homer Fire Department truck.

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The Bear Den of Pack 106 Cub Scouts recently visited the Historic Courthouse and Jail Museum. They had a great visit and enjoyed hearing about the history of the county where they are growing up. Their leader, John Payne, coordinated this trip. After the trip, the Den made arrangements to he…

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Congratulations to Mae Forrester who celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 7. Family and friends gathered to help her celebrate.

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Congratulations to proud parents Joseph Blake and Kayla Gragg Sanders of Homer on the birth of their son Conrad Westbrook Sanders. He was born on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens. He weighed six pounds and 15 ounces and was 20 inches long. He is the gra…

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Georgia as a result of drought beginning Oct. 8.

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Strolling through a walkway of magical lights synced to festive music, taking a train ride around the mountain singing our favorite Christmas carols, posing for photos with some of our favorite Christmas characters and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus and the highlight of the visit, the para…

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Gillsville Baptist Church will be having its Drive-Thru Bethlehem Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s always great to see how it may have looked in Bethlehem during the birth of Jesus. If you haven’t ever seen it please go by, our family tries to go each year. You will get a gr…

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Ninth District Opportunity Inc. is offering home heating 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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The Banks County High School class of 1969 members are trying to get everyone together for a reunion. It has been 50 years. If you would like to come, contact Martha Cotton, 706-654-6234, Kathy Jones, 706-658-6323, or Martha Ramsey 706-654- 6263. The reunion will be held on December 13. They…

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The Arts Council, Inc. Gainesville, Georgia has two upcoming family-friendly 2020 Signature Series™ events. The council’s ARTrageous event will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. and Catapult will be held on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. Both events will be held at Brenau University’s Pearce…

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Banks County Middle School Student of the Month is Maribeth Roberts. She was highly recommended by the teachers at the school. Maribeth chose her favorite teacher as the Teacher of the Month, Robin Watson. They are shown with Mark Valentine (left), Banks County Rotary Club president and Tres…

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A community Thanksgiving meal will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. It will be held at the Gillsville Baptist Church located at 2595 Hwy. 323, Gillsville, Banks County. There will be lots of fun, food and fellowship. They will also have an inflatable slide for the kids, will be giving a…