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Bobby Blackwell (left), Dan Walker (center) and Bill Wood (right) are seen placing the wreath at the memorial monument at the Banks County Veteran's Memorial Park in Homer. Walker lowered the flag to half mast and offered a prayer to the service personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice. A f…

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Recognized for the highest engagement or participation in Banks County Rotary meetings, programs and projects during the 3rd Quarter of the 2019-20 Rotary Year, each of these Rotarians received a commemorative 'Four Way Test Hourglass' that they can proudly display on their desk: (L to R) Be…

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Members of the Rotary Club of Banks County who have perfect attendance at meetings during the third quarter of the 2019-2020 year are: (L-R) Alicia Andrews, Becky Carlan, Vicki Boling, Michael Housworth and Jerry Boling (not shown).

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On May 19th, USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) that will take several actions to directly assist farmers and ranchers during a difficult time for them. It is no secret that the struggles of the meat packing indus…

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Commerce resident, Miss. Banks County, Molly Willard, collected several bags of dog food and treats to donate to the Jackson County Humane Society. Her goal was to help nine dogs by her 9th Birthday, which was on May 15th. Donations were dropped off on May 18.

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If you are anything like me, you have enjoyed getting out side over the past few weeks, getting into the garden and playing in the yard; however, that fun can quickly disappear when you or your child gets into a fire ant hill and gets several bites.

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A flurry of recent press coverage has created a surge of interest in the Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. The coverage is not traced to any recent event. The insect was found last September 2019 in Vancouver Island (Canada) and again in December 2019 in Washington state. But to date, th…

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While many of you are sheltering at home, I hope you’re going outside every now and then to refresh yourself with the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. Maybe you’re checking on the plants and wildlife around your home to see how they’re faring this spring. And since we’ve just celebrated…

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Governor Brian P. Kemp, Dr. Kathleen Toomey, and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) urge all Georgians to continue to follow safe daily habits to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and keep the virus from spreading. Wear a face covering in public settings, practice social dis…

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That Puppet Guy program that was was to have been the April program at the Banks County Public Library will be rescheduled to November. Details on the date and time will be announced later.

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In honor of Brother Jim McLendon, Stephanie Blevins planted an Okame Cherry tree, Lemon tree, Lime tree and a Trident Maple Tree. An October Glory Maple Tree will be going in the ground soon as well. Blevins says, "Praying these trees will bring as much joy to those around them as Brother Ji…

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Brother Jim McLendon Day was observed in Banks County April 25. Banks County Rotarians were asked to plant a tree in his memory and honor. Mark Valentine and his helpers planted a Snow Goose Cherry tree planted in Brother Jim’s honor.

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One of the most common questions that I have gotten since I started here has been for advice for peach tree production at home. Many folks have called with peaches that have lesions on their fruit or in the fall the fruit is mummified and looks simply like a pit that has not fallen from the …

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Libraries across the country are celebrating National Library Week this week. The doors may be temporarily closed but the library encourages patrons to take full advantage of on-line resources such as: rbDigital, Learning Express for resume building, standardized test practice, Microsoft tut…

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Kaylee and Phillip Voyles and Jazz Breedlove are shown in the pool during their spring break.

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Saoirse Bergmann, Baldwin, used her spring break at home to make some crafts. She is shown making a dream catcher. She also made bookends with her mother, Whitney. During their spring break, Whitney also started working on a custom diamond art project from a cross stitch pattern.

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Asher and Thatcher Goodson are shown preparing a rocket launch during their spring break at home.

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It will be a different Easter this year for area churches who usually hold sunrise services, breakfast in the fellowship hall and worship services with special music.

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The North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF) awarded $135,000 in emergency grants to 12 nonprofits across North Georgia, who are helping those directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In mid-March, NGCF recognized the serious impact that this crisis would have on our community and create…

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AgGeorgia Farm Credit has announced that dividends totaling $13.9 million have been declared by its board of directors, with receipt by members anticipated the first week of April, with over $1.8 million of this total going to residents in Banks and the bordering counties.

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Eligible residents may apply for cooling assistance through the Division of Family and Children Service’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program beginning April 1.

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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 …