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The Toccoa/Northeast Georgia National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1818 held its September 20 meeting at the X-Factor Grill on Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa. The program "Fall Wild Flowers in Our Area,"was presented by David Hinson, chapter vice president, who retir…

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Carol Williams with Banks County Family Connection, spoke at the Homer Brotherhood breakfast on the different programs Family Connection has coming up. She spoke about the food truck that will be at Banks County High School on Oct. 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., first-come, first-serve, to assist…

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A few weeks before my Aunt Easter died, my Dad, Mom and I went to see her and she said she had a dress she wanted to give me. I followed her to her closet and she began piling clothes in my arms. She knew she didn’t have long to live and said she wanted to go ahead and pass on some of her cl…

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Brenda Dalin, program director, Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. has announced that home heating and water help for the elderly and medically homebound is available for Banks and Jackson county residents.

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Recreation players smiled and waved at the crowd at a recent Banks County High School football game. It was Recreation Night and the football players and cheerleaders were walked the field to the cheers of their family and friends in the stands.

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Fescue lawns are one of the most popular lawn grasses for north Georgia. If you keep up good production practices, which include proper mowing, fertilization, liming, and weed control, fescue is comparable in quality to any of the other grasses.

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Falls always seems to be the busiest time of year. School is back in session, fall sports are in full swing, and our calendars are filling up fast. The hustle and bustle can force healthy eating to take a backseat. Who among us hasn’t run through the drive-thru or settled for a prepackaged s…

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Gracie Harkins was honored before the game on Friday night. The school raised funds during the evening for the Hydrocephalus Research Foundation.

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I have received several calls in the past couple weeks about an invasive spider called the Joro, and many folks are saying there are a lot more than last year. I have heard the same from other agents in the area and have witnessed it at my home as well.

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The temperatures are (finally) cooling off, and I’ve got a hankering to head up to the mountains and visit one of Georgia’s many gorgeous apple orchards. Apples are high in fiber and contain iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. In other words, this quintessential fall fruit is a fantastic op…

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Piedmont Regional Library System joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement …

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Trevor Santos, board member for Safari Club International (SCI), and Matt Taylor, (right) major gifts manager for the SCI Foundation, joined forces at the Banks County Rotary Club meeting this week for a presentation of SCI’s purpose and mission, representing the best interest of hunters eve…

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The City of Baldwin will hold its fourth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 23, beginning at 9 a.m. in the downtown park.

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Drought stressed trees may have fewer or smaller leaves. Small or large limbs or the entire tree may die. Although trees can withstand some drought injury, some trees may require months to years to recover from drought injury.

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Members of the Toccoa/NE GA NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) Chapter 1818 held their monthly meeting at the X-Factor Grill in downtown Toccoa.  Members and guests in attendance enjoyed a dutch treat lunch and an interesting and informative program on home sec…

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The Homer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a chicken-que fundraiser to benefit the Homer Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, September 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per plate.

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The Banks County Sheriff’s Office donated school supplies for the Family Connection Back to School Bash and members of TrueLife Church, along with Aubree Shirley, Regan Sullivan and Kennedy Williams, packed 200 book bags full of the school supplies. Shown are: (front row, L-R) Aubree Shirley…

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Banks County Family Connection hosted a Back to School Bash Saturday, July 31, at Banks County High School. There was a bounce houses, cotton candy, Kona Ice, games, big slides, pizza and lots of free items. Those who applied for a book bag, receive it at the event.

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Voices of North Georgia, a Gainesville-based, 50-voice community chorus presenting concerts from the Beatles to Beethoven, will be resuming in-person rehearsals this fall and has positions available for all vocal parts, leaders announced recently.

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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…