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The Lula City Council is moving forward with plans for a new well. During a meeting held Jan. 13, city manager Dennis Bergin said plans to convert an existing well located along 365 on the Ace Hardware property for commercial use is slated to go out for bids by the end of this month.

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Mark Savage has announced his decision to seek re-election for the office of the Banks County Coroner. Mark has lived in Maysville his entire life and in Banks County for the last 31 years.

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The City of Baldwin mayor, council and staff, on Jan. 13, honored council member Jeff Parrish (L) for his 10 years of service to the city. He was presented with a certificate and cake in recognition of his service as a council member. Mayor Joe Elam (R) and the council thanked Parrish for hi…

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Mount Vernon Mills, Alto, has announced plans to close in the next 60 days. The plant has 65 employees who live in Banks County.

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Baldwin City Council member Theron Ayers (L) is sworn in for another term by city attorney David Syfan (R) at the start of the Jan. 7 meeting. Mayor Joe Elam and Jeff Parrish are both shown in the background.

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Baldwin City Attorney David Syfan (R) is shown swearing in council member Larry Lewallen for another term at the start of the Jan. 7 council meeting. Newly-elected council member Stephanie Almagno, council members Alice Venter and Theron Ayers, mayor Joe Elam and council member Jeff Parrish …

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At the beginning of the Jan. 7 meeting of the City of Baldwin council, city attorney David Syfan (R) performed the swearing in of new council member Stephanie Almagno (L). Shown in the background are council members Alice Venter and Theron Ayers and mayor Joe Elam. Also present were council …

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A new year is always a time of reflection. A time to look back on the past year and think about what you have accomplished. A time to look ahead to the new year and think about what you want to accomplish.

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The Banks County School System held staff training before students returned from the holiday break.

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Alto Police Department was awarded the 2020 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, Banks County E911 and Local Emergency Services work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families Bank…

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Water users in Homer may see higher rates this spring, but they also are likely to get a chance to ask questions and make comments at a public hearing about the rates.

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Banks County’s Jacob Voyles (106 pounds) competes vs. Jackson County during the Doug Eberhardt Memorial Duals at Oglethorpe County on Jan. 4. The Banks County wrestling team competes at the Area 6-AA duals this Saturday (Jan. 11) at Monticello.

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The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a public information open house on the median project on State Route 15 from the Jackson County line to Faulkner Road on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Banks County High School cafeteria, located at 1486-A Historic Homer Highway, Homer.

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Maysville officials were sworn in Monday night by Banks County Clerk of Court Tim Harper (far left). Shown with Harper are: (L-R) Mayor Richard Presley and council members Scott Harper and Junior Hardy.

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Junior Hardy was sworn in Monday night (Jan. 6) to serve another term as a member of the city council in Maysville. Banks County Clerk of Courts Tim Harper is shown swearing in Presley.

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Scott Harper was sworn in Monday night (Jan. 6) to serve another term as a member of the city council in Maysville. Banks County Clerk of Courts Tim Harper is shown swearing in S. Harper.

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Richard Presley was sworn in Monday night (Jan. 6) to serve another term as mayor of Maysville. Banks County Clerk of Courts Tim Harper is shown swearing in Presley.

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It’s likely the only time in Banks County’s history, and perhaps the state’s history, that voters went to the polls to cast a ballot for the same race multiple times. Voters went to the polls three times to vote for the District 28 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives after the incum…

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The Maysville Planning and Zoning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 27, at 7 p.m. at 4 Homer Street to receive public comment on proposed ordinances addressing dilapidated, unsafe and abandoned buildings and the historic district overlay.

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The Town of Alto council approved an alcoholic beverage ordinance amendment, at its Dec. 10 meeting, that will establish new hours for the package sale of malt beverages.

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The Banks County Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the board room at the Banks County Courthouse Annex at 150 Hudson Ridge, to make recommendations on the following requests:

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The Banks County High School Forestry Team earned a national championship third place finish. The team members, Colton Banks, Jake Sanders, Lance Johnson and Payton Jackson, and coach Kipp Jackson are shown being congratulated by Banks County Board of Commissioners chairman Jimmy Hooper. The…

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Peace Place was named the November Business of the Month by the Banks County Chamber of Commerce CVB. Becky Carlan (right) presented the plaque to Traci Bledsoe (left), executive director of Peace Place.

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Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center was named the December Business of the Month by the Banks County Chamber of Commerce CVB. Becky Carlan (left) is shown presenting the plaque to Tricia Massey (right).

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Gillsville Baptist Church held its annual Drive-Thru Bethlehem Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. where members of the church depicted "the real meaning of Christmas."

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Banks County’s Jenna Reeves drives to the basket during the Lady Leopards’ win at East Hall on Nov. 23. The team returns to action this Friday (Dec. 6) when it heads to Stephens County. Tip-off time is set for 6 p.m.

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Water and garbage rates for customers in Homer may increase in the next few months, and pay for the council members also may go up for the first time ever.

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The Banks County Board of Commissioners, at a November meeting, denied a request from Thai Bui to rezone property on Felton Circle from ARR (agriculture rural residential) to CAD (consolidated agricultural district) to locate additional poultry houses.

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Kathy Church, with Smithgall Woods, recently visited with fourth grade students at Banks County Elementary School. Students learned about different ecosystems as a preview to the unit they will begin soon. This program was provided by the Banks County Public Library Outreach Program.

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Sen. John Wilkinson (R–Toccoa) was recently named Legislator of the Year by the Rural Jobs Coalition, a nonpartisan organization that supports small, rural businesses and advocates around the country for policies that benefit rural economic growth.