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The Banks County Board of Commissioners agreed, at its July 12 meeting, to remodel the Hickory Flat Fire Station and add staff, including positions funded through a grant and others already budgeted, in order for it to be open and in service for citizens on that side of the county.

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Lula Mayor Jim Grier opened the city council meeting Monday night, July 11, encouraging residents to take precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 and stating that city buildings would remain closed to the public.

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There have been 1,267 cases of COVID-19 reported in Banks County since March, with 165 new cases being reported in the past two weeks, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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In March, coronavirus and COVID-19 started showing up in headlines in Banks County and across the state, country and nation. It hasn’t slowed down since then with daily and weekly updates being given on news sites on the impact of this deadly virus that has shut downs schools, businesses and…

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Coroner Mark Savage is shown being sworn in for another term of office by Probate Judge Helen Hewell. His wife, Kim, is shown with him.

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As part of the nationwide effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mary’s received a partial shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine last week and began administering it to front-line colleagues and providers at its hospitals in Lavonia and Athens.

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As part of the club initiative to contribute to literacy in the community, the Banks County Rotary Club donates books to the local school system in honor of the speakers each week. Joy Edwards (right) is shown accepting books at Banks County High School on behalf of Rotarian to Vickie Martin…

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The Banks County Board of Education approved several personnel items at its December meeting, including the following: the retirement of Billy Whitlock, bus driver, and Kim Standridge, teacher; and hiring Ricky Baker, bus driver.

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Banks County Rotary Club Vicki Boling (left) was presented with her her Paul Harris +1 pin at the recent club meeting. Additionally, President-Elect, Michael Houseworth (right) presented his officers and board for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year.

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At a called meeting on Thursday, December 17, the Baldwin City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s alcohol ordinance to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Christmas Day.

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Several members of the Banks County Democratic Committee met on Friday, December 18, with Chris Sprowls, administrator of the Banks County Department of Family and Children Services. The Committee donated $700 worth of grocery food gift cards for Banks County families in need. Pictured are E…

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The Banks County Chamber of Commerce CVB December Business of the Month is Northeast Georgia Bank. Judy McClure (left), Chamber CVB chairman, is shown with Jeff Lewallen, vice president and branch manager at the Banks Crossing/Commerce branch of Northeast Georgia Banks.

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Baldwin City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and on Friday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.

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Banks County is having a large Covid outbreak, making it one of the most troubled areas in Northeast Georgia for the virus.

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The Banks County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning request at its Dec. 8 meeting for a vehicle sales business to locate on 5.532 acres on Old Hwy. 441 North.

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A recount of ballots in Banks County confirmed the original election returns that President Donald Trump heavily carried the county over Democrat Joe Biden.

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Mark Valentine received his Foundation Banners for serving as president of the Banks County Rotary Club. He is shown with past District Governor and District Foundation Chair Bruce Azevedo, who was the guest speaker at a recent meeting. He discussed how the Rotary Foundation is a 4 Star rate…

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Mark Savage has been named president of the Georgia Coroners Association for the 2020-2021 year. He was also voted as the Georgia Coroner Association’s Coroner of The Year for 2020. Savage is shown with Governor Brian Kemp, who spoke at the Georgia Coroners Association meeting where Savage w…

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The Banks County Board of Health will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, December 8, at 9 a.m. in the conference room of the Banks County Health Department, 667 Thompson Street, Homer.