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The annual Kesler family reunion will be held on Sunday, August 1, at Prospect Church, 5066 Prospect Road, Toccoa. The first reunion was held in 1938. 

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Past Rotary Club President Vicki Boling presented Lynn Eaton with the “High Five Award” at last week's meeting for all of her extra efforts and hard work during the 2020-2021 Rotary year. Leah McGrath, corporate dietitian for Ingles Markets, joined the Banks County Rotary Club via Zoom as th…

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With their metallic copper and blue-green bodies and bronze wings, Japanese beetles might be considered beautiful if not for the damage they cause. The plentiful beetles munch holes into the leaves of landscape plants leaving what is often described as skeletal remains. Wet soil conditions o…

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Immediate past Banks County Rotary Club President Vicki Boling had a surprise for the Rotarians that were most active during the fourth quarter of the 2020-21 Rotary year. Receiving a Rotary glass filled with candy at last week's meeting were: (L-R) Mark Valentine, Doug Cheek, Rick Billingsl…

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The Langford families will meet again in August after being unable during the 2020 COVID pandemic.

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One of the most common calls I have received in the early part of this summer has been about swarms of millipedes that come out after rains to litter patios or get into homes. While millipedes do not cause any harm, sweeping them up every time it rains can be quite a nuisance.

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The following Rotarians were recognized on June 23 for being the most active during the last quarter (Jan.-Mar), each receiving a $10 gift certificate from the Rotary store (left to right): Michael Housworth, Jerry Boling, Rick Billingslea, Doug Cheek, Becky Carlan and Mark Valentine.

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Vicki Boling (right), Banks County Rotary President, presented perfect attendance certificates for the last quarter (January-March) to (left to right): Jerry Boling, Rick Billingslea, Doug Cheek and Mark Valentine at the meeting last week.

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John Wilkinson was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Banks County Rotary Club. A former teacher in Banks County and a former State Senator, Wilkinson is now president at North Georgia Technical College. He shared some of his early experiences in his new position and about the tech…

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The Georgia Farm Bureau has created a mobile classroom called The Georgia Ag Experience. The Banks County Farm Bureau, along with Stephens County Farm Bureau, hosted this learning experience for Banks and Stephens County 4-H students on Thursday, June 17.

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The American Legion Post 215 held its official induction with the following being installed: Dave Gaddis, Commander; Toby Stevens, Adjutant; Bobby Eubanks, Senior Vice Commander; Chris Lorenz, Finance Officer; Fred Wendt, Chaplain; and Rick Crane, Sgt. at Arms. The officers were inducted by …

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The National Active and Retired Federation Employees Association (NARFE), Toccoa/Northeast Georgia Chapter 1818 held its May meeting at the X-Factor Grill in downtown Toccoa. Sheila Payne, GEHA representative, was the guest speaker and she provided information on diet and nutrition in additi…

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Tree House Inc., a Winder-based nonprofit whose mission is to prevent child abuse in Barrow, Jackson and Banks counties, raised over $110,000 through its annual “A Night of Hope” live and silent auction, held Friday, May 21, at The Venue at Friendship Springs in Flowery Branch. The event inc…

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PuRL, the Pop Up Regional Library, visited Maysville Public Library on Tuesday, May 11. Patrons were given birthday treats and shown a vast assortment of books, which they were able to check out from the library.

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The Toccoa/Northeast Georgia National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Chapter 1818 meets monthly at the XFactor Grill on Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa. The chapter has changed the meeting time to 10:30 a.m. on the third Monday of each month which enables the progra…

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Several groups entertained those in attendance at the Lula Railroad Days festival on Saturday. This group performed Saturday afternoon on the stage at the Depot.

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Habersham County Emergency Services Department is participating in a four-county pilot program to administer blood in the field. This is the only pre-hospital Blood Pilot Program in the state of Georgia, and only air medical helicopters staffed with a registered nurse and paramedic can initi…

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Aubree Shirley, 9, attended the annual Pinwheels for Prevention ceremony to prevent child abuse in Banks County. Here she is shown in Homer City Park on Thursday, April 15.

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April is child abuse prevention month. On Thursday, April 15, representatives of The Tree House, CASA and Banks County Family Connection along with students of the Banks County School system met at Homer City Park to plant a pinwheel, each representing a child abuse case in Banks County.

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The Reverend David C. Collins of Homer United Methodist Church read Mark 10:13-15 at the annual Pinwheels for Prevention ceremony at Homer City Park.

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Students from the Banks County School system attended the annual Pinwheels for Prevention ceremony to prevent child abuse on Thursday, April 15. Here Reagan Sullivan, 5, plants a pinwheel on the lawn of Homer City Park. Each of the pinwheels represents a child abuse case in Banks County.

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During the last week or so, I’m sure many of you have noticed the large number of bees that have been hovering around your homes. These large, black bees are carpenter bees. They look very similar to the bumble bee, but the upper surface of their abdomen is shiny and black, whereas, the abdo…

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On Saturday the Banks County Rotary Club was out picking up trash along Yonah Homer Road. Their efforts resulted in 25 large bags of trash, filling an entire dumpster. Volunteers included (shown, L-R) Joey and Daniella Clawson, Doug Cheek, Todd and Holly Koochel, Cliff Hill, David Dueler, Al…

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World War II veteran Bobby Blackwell celebrated his 97th birthday on Friday, April 9. On Sunday, April 11, the celebration continued with a “family and friends’ day” cookout on the porch of the Thomas House where he once lived.