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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).

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Chris Tarver, president of Camp Amplify, spoke on the camp at a recent meeting of the Banks County Rotary Club. Camp Amplify delivers experiences for under-served children ages 8-12 through overnight week-long summer trips.

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Banks County Rotary Club president Mark Valentine gives Rotary's Banks County Student of the Month, Luke Parker an explanation of the group's Four-Way Test. He was presented with a Four-Way Test coin at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Banks County.

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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 …