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The Banks County Board of Commissioners is considering a budget increase of almost seven percent. The proposed 2021 budget is $18.4 million, up $1.2 million over the current budget of $17.2 million.

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Stacey Hanley and his family is shown at the drive-by retirement reception held in his honor at Banks County Middle School.

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The Banks County Board of Commissioners approved a request at its May 12 meeting from an applicant planning to locate a convenience store at Dallas Drive offering Korean snacks. However, the commissioners did not agree with the request that the business also be an Internet Café with five computers.

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The Banks County Sheriff's Office has received state accreditation. Post director Mike Ayers was at the Banks County Board of Commissioners meeting on May 12 to recognize Sheriff Carlton Speed on the accreditation.

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A meeting of the Homer City Council set for May 12 was cancelled due to lack of a quorum. The council had planned to discuss water and garbage rates, in addition to mayor and council compensation and issues due to COVID 19.

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Angela Gailey (left) was recognized for receiving an Award of Excellence for her service to the Banks County EMS/911 department. She is shown with director Deidra Moore.

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Capt. Casey Brouwer (left) was recognized by Sheriff Carlton Speed for maintaining certification during the accreditation process.

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The retirement of Stacey Morgan as school food nutrition director was one of the personnel items approved by the Banks County Board of education Thursday, May 14. Her retirement is effective July 1.

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Early voting for the General Primary/Presidential Preference Primary will begin on Monday, May 18, and go through June 5.

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Superior Court Judge Nicholas Primm agreed, in a ruling on May 8, with the decision of the Banks County Board of Election in its February 2020 action to dismiss Dan Gasaway’s challenge of the residents at 1654 Wells Road being allowed to vote.

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Because of the continuing health concerns of meeting in groups, the Banks County Democratic Committee will be conducting meetings online.

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There are now 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Banks County, according to the report released Monday by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Of those cases, eight have been hospitalized. There have not been any deaths in the county related to the virus.

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The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) and construction partner C.W. Matthews Contracting Company, Inc. have begun construction on the Interstate 85/State Route 403 resurfacing project. Construction will consist of single lane closures and ramp lane closures.

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The burn ban in Banks County will begin on June 1 and continue through Sept. 1. The state burn ban usually begins May 1, however, Banks County is one of seven counties in the state given a one-month extension on the burn ban this year.

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SK Innovation announced last week that it plans to build as second battery plant in Commerce, increasing its investment in its Commerce battery operations to a total of $2.5 billion, up from the $1.6 billion it initially projected.

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There are now 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Banks County, according to the report released Sunday by the Georgia Department of Public Health. That is up over the 25 reported on Saturday.

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The Baldwin City Council reviewed the timeline for the budget process when it met Monday, April 27. The meeting was shown on Facebook live, giving citizens the opportunity to watch it as it occurred or going back to watch it later.

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Banks County government buildings are now open during regular operating hours but with the limitation of one visitor per office. This will be in effect through Friday, May 1.

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Governor Brian Kemp defended his actions in a press conference on Monday on easing restrictions to open up businesses in the state by stating that it gave citizens a choice. He said business owners could decide if they want to open and citizens had a choice on whether they want to go to thes…

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The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is increasing the number of specimen collection sites statewide for COVID-19 testing, and is revising the current testing criteria to accommodate more testing of Georgia residents.

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A variance request to locate four units on 6109 Chattahoochee in Lula was discussed by the Lula City Council at its April 20 meeting.

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The Town of Homer held its April 14 meeting by teleconference with an update on how city operations are being conducted due to concerns with the coronavirus being a topic of discussion. A shelter-in-place order from the governor is in place through April 30.

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Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has postponed the Statewide General Primary/Presidential Preference Primary Election until June 9.