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Piedmont College artist-in-residence and pianist Dr. Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi will perform works by 10 famed composers 4 p.m., Sunday, January 31, in a free on-campus concert.

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During their 60-year marriage, Verdis C. and Mary Puckett lived by the values of faith, humility, kindness, service, stewardship and most of all, love. Now, through a signature gift to the Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) Foundation, Mary and her late husband have ensured those same va…

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Pat Ward, Baldwin, said this turnip came up voluntarily in a raised bed in the front yard. It measures 8 inches across; the size of a soccer ball, and 6 inches of the turnip is above ground. A quarter pictured beside of the turnip for comparison.

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Banks County Rotary Club member Michael Housworth is shown with some of the instant oatmeal donated for the Food2Kids program this month. Over 1,700 individual packets have been donated.

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With the beginning of cold weather, we also have man bugs looking for a warm place for the winter. The multi-colored Asian lady beetles are one of the most egregious offenders and if you are like me, you are tired of vacuuming them up already. They are pumpkin-colored and typically move indo…

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Some come to drop off donated items to help out their neighbors. Others come to pick up a few items they are in need of during hard times. Whatever the reason they are stopping by, they are sure to get a blessing.

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This week's junior reporter is Annie Grace Anderson. She is the daughter of alumni basketball and softball player, Laura Rose Anderson (Pickens). Annie attends every basketball game so she can watch her favorite players, Pierce Martin and Garrett Pressley. She loves gymnastics, and of course…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Lula as hundreds gathered downtown on Saturday, December 5, for some last-minute Christmas shopping before the annual parade on Main Street and a visit with Santa at the historic train depot.

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This holiday season, give the outdoors enthusiast on your list a “license” to get a little wild. A hunting and/or fishing license is the perfect gift, with the added bonus of benefitting wildlife and the wild places they enjoy, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildli…

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I have received several calls as well as witnessed quite a bit of pruning of various trees over the past couple of weeks. We are still a little early to be heavily pruning fruit or ornamental trees. Most of the county has not received a hard frost yet. Because of this, many trees are not ful…

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Baylee Turpin is shown displaying her fire skills with the baton at the half-time show Friday night at Leopard Stadium. See more photos from Friday night's football game on pages 10A, 11A and 12A.

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The Northeast Georgia Health System's "On Your Own" golf tournament, which took place throughout the month of October, raised more than $306,000 for the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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Sandy Broyles, RN with Piedmont Healthcare, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Banks County Rotary Club. She shared suggestions for habits for good health and strategies for disease prevention.

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The Banks County Tax Commissioner's Office dressed as "The Price is Right" game show for Halloween. Shown are: (L-R) Danielle Ehrlich, Tax Commissioner Becky Carlan, Christy Dalrymple, Teresa Mason and Shirley Brownlee. Per CDC guidelines, the employees were in contact with each other for le…

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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…