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Past Rotary D6910 District Governor, Joe Whittemore, shares his insights and experiences with the Banks County Rotary Club last week during his talk on Rotary's Polio Plus efforts over the past 30-plus decades. According to Whiteemore, "In 1986, there were 350,000 polio cases around the worl…

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Pack 106 Scouts participating in the lake shore clean up at Tugaloo State Park included: (back row, L-R) Joshuah Poppell, Dalton Tucker, Matthew Owens, Jackson Tucker, Wyatt Carroll and Waylen Carroll; and (front row, L-R) Chase Owens, Amalissa Owens and Garrett Tacto).

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I have received several calls in the past few weeks about a relatively newcomer to our area. The Joro spider is a large, brightly colored and easily noticeable spider. They are a part of a family of spiders called golden orb-weavers that create large, multi-layered webs that are exceptionall…

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Aubrey, 6, and Sophia Shockley, 4, enjoyed a Slush Puppy from The Cotton Candy Man’s booth at Maysville’s Autumn Leaf Festival on Saturday, October 3. Ron McFadden is the booth owner. He sold slushies, cotton candy and candy apples.

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Ron Loudermilk of Rokar Woodcrafts in Flowery Branch sold his unique wooden cabinets at Maysville’s Autumn Leaf Festival. Loudermilk is from Illinois and after retiring he moved to Georgia where he enjoys making his crafts with his wife, Karina, who paints his creations.

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Zoey Chapman, 4, learned to tie balloons at Tallahassee Balloons at Maysville’s Autumn Leaf Festival on Saturday, October 3. Tallahassee Balloons is from Fla.

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Jennifer and her daughter, Ashlynn Robertson, 5, picked out bat earrings for Halloween at Maysville’s Autumn Leaf Festival. Here, they are shown at the “Crazy Who Hair” booth from Madison County.

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The 54th annual Autumn Leaf Festival was held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, in Maysville. The festival featured 75 booths, along with food trucks and fall activities for families. The annual festival drew an estimated crowd of 4,000 to the small town that sits on the Jackson-Banks county li…

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Brenda Dalin, program director, Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. announces home heating help for the elderly and medically homebound for Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Uni…

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Georgia is known for many great things like pecans and peaches, but just as “Georgian” as those is the ongoing battle with fire ants. If you have kids like me, you have likely had your child get into a fire ant colony once or twice and dealt with the aftermath.

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United Way of Northeast Georgia will host its first-ever virtual golf tournament this October. Organized by the nonprofit’s Oconee County Advisory Council, the month-long 2020 Virtual Golf Tournament offers golfers an opportunity to play any local 18-hole golf course while supporting a local…

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Representative Chris Erwin spoke recently at the Banks County Rotary Club meeting at Chimney Oaks Golf Club. Rep. Erwin shared an update from the Gold Dome, including budget updates and notes from his most recent Capitol Connection Newsletter. As a token of appreciation, a book will be donat…

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The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia has received a donation of 12 pallets of fresh eggs – or more than 155,000 individual eggs -- from Cal-Maine Foods, a Georgia agricultural company that is the largest producer and marketer of shell eggs in the United States. The eggs were delivered on Augus…

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The I-85 North Board of REALTORS® was awarded $1,500 from the Georgia Realtors®’ 2020 COVID-19 Community Outreach Grant. They chose to support two local food banks, the Jackson Food Bank in Commerce and First Baptist Church Food Pantry in Jefferson. It cost the food bank approximately $17 to…

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When most people think of gardening and growing fresh produce at home, they think of the spring and summer; However, you can continue gardening into the fall and even winter. As we are concluding the productive season for many of our favorite garden veggies like corn, squash, beans and tomat…

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Martha and Randall Ramsey recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married August 14,1970. They have two children, Ben and Will, and three grandchildren, Deuce, Ollis and Tytus. The Ramseys are shown at Laprades Chophouse at Lake Burton.

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Piedmont College’s artists-in-residence chamber ensemble, Piedmont Camerata, will present a free concert 4 p.m. on Aug. 30 in the Chapel on the Demorest campus.

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Commander Joe Ruttar of the American Legion Post 56 in Jefferson, last week, presented a $1,000 donation check, on behalf of the Post, to the Fisher House at Fort a Gordon, Augusta. Fisher House is a place where family members of military men and women receiving treatment at base hospitals, …

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Chuck Toney, executive director of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, (center) was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Banks County Rotary Club. He shared that there has been a 40 percent increase in demand at the Food Bank since the pandemic. Rotary Club present Vicki Boling is sh…

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Catch five different bass species and you have a Georgia Bass Slam! This program recognizes anglers with the knowledge and skill to catch different species of bass in a variety of habitats across the state, while also stimulating interest in the conservation and management of black bass and …

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Irma Robles, administrative assistant for the Nicholson City Hall and native Spanish speaker, presented a program for Banks County Public Library Facebook guests on behalf of the Harold S. Swindle Public Library for a bilingual Spanish/English story time. She presents books and songs. The su…

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Tie-dyed shirts and cook outs are how the Pirkle and Lewis families celebrated the 4th of July. Kiyah Rose Pirkle, 6 weeks old, and Lane Neal Lewis, 6 years old, are shown in their tie-dyed shirts.

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The Banks County Rotary celebrated the transition to the new '2020-2021 Rotary Year at last week's meeting with incoming President Vicki Boling taking the oath of office, just after outgoing President Mark Valentine shared a few awards and offered special recognition for accomplishment and s…

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I’m writing this column on my birthday. It’s not a birthday that is as exciting as some in the past.

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Brenda Dalin, program director for Ninth District Opportunity, has announced that Cooling CARES Help is available for Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

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In support of the Lifesouth, the Banks County Rotary Club, Tanger Outlets Commerce and Chick-fil-A have partnered together to host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19, to aid in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Megan Atha and Jerry Boling received special recognition during a recent Banks County Rotary Club meeting for highest engagement and attendance during the third quarter of the Rotary year. They are shown with Rotary president Mark Valentine (left).