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Banks County’s Gavin Brown jumps up in the air, while his teammates and fans begin celebrating in the closing seconds of the Leopards’ 61-58 win over Butler (Feb. 20) in the Class AA state playoffs Sweet 16. Banks County plays Chattooga in the Elite Eight Wednesday (Feb. 26) at home. Tip-off…

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Wes Whitfield announced this week that he will seek re-election, for his third term, to post 2 of the Banks County Board of Education. He has served as Board Chairman for three years and Vice Chairman for two. He has completed training in school law, school finance, board chair training, boa…

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Several candidates have already announced their intentions to seek local positions that will be on the ballot this year but the official qualifying won’t be until the week of March 2.

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A classic car dealership will locate on Yonah Homer Road following a 3-2 vote by the Banks County Board of Commissioners at a Feb. 11 meeting.

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The Homer City Council will seek more information from Turnipseed Engineering about a sewer feasibility study. Turnipseed gave Homer a price of $24,500.

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Chimney Oaks Golf Course was recognized at the breakfast meeting on Thursday by the Banks County Chamber of Commerce CVB as the Business of the Month. Ronnie Gayle Brown (center), with Chimney Oaks, is shown with Alicia Andrews (left), Chamber CVB executive director, and Judy McClure (right)…

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The Tree House, Inc. will host its 22nd annual “A Night of Hope for Children” at 6 p.m. Friday, March 20, at The Venue at Friendship Springs in Flowery Branch.

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Banks County Farm Bureau members attended the Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol February 11 and had the opportunity to meet with Senator John Wilkinson and Representative Chris Erwin.

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The Lula City Council, on Monday, Feb. 17, unanimously approved extending a moratorium on issuing business licenses for new vape shops within the city.

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Two more candidates have announced for the State Senate District 50 seat being vacated by John Wilkinson who is planning to run for the 9th District Congressional seat.

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The owner of the Chimney Oaks golf course has sued the city of Homer over its refusal to issue it a license to sell liquor-by-the-drink.

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Jefferson native Andy Garrison announced this week that he plans to run for the Georgia State Senate District 50 seat, a position that is  currently held by John Wilkinson, who recently announced his intention to vacate the seat to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The Gillsville City Council is moving closer to adopting changes to zoning regulations. The council has been working for several months to bring the current zoning regulations up to date. During a meeting held last week, the council resumed discussion of those proposed amendments.

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State Senator John Wilkinson recently announced that he plans to run for the 9th District Congressional seat. This election will be to replace Congressman Doug Collins, who has announced that he will be running for a seat in the United States Senate.

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The Banks County Recreation Department was named the State Agency of the Year and the District 7 Agency of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association. Shown are: (L-R) Banks County Commissioner David Duckett, Chairman Jimmy Hooper, Commissioner Danny Maxwell, recreation directo…

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The Homer Town Council will soon be making a decision that could have a major impact on the future progression of the town. During a meeting held January 14, the council deliberated the benefits of providing sewer service to its residents, schools and businesses.

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When everyone is well, the Town of Alto will have a full council for the first time in several years. Council members shown on Jan. 14 are (L-R): Allen Fox, PJ Huggins, mayor Audrey Turner, Eddie Palmer and James Turner. Council member Carolyn Cabe was absent due to illness.

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Town of Alto Mayor Audrey Turner (R) was sworn in to another term by city attorney David Syfan (L) during the meeting on Jan. 14. Council members Allen Fox and PJ Huggins are shown in the background. Council member Eddie Palmer was also present, but not pictured.

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James Turner (R) takes his oath of office to serve as the Post 2 council member for the Town of Alto during the meeting on Jan. 14. City attorney David Syfan (L) is shown administering the oath. Council member Allen Fox is shown in the background.

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At the meeting on Jan. 14, Eddie Palmer (R), Town of Alto Post 4 council member, was sworn in for another term in office by city attorney David Syfan (L). Council members Allen Fox and PJ Huggins and mayor Audrey Turner are shown in the background.

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The Jefferson Tree Council and the UGA Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office are currently taking orders for 3 gallon trees. The selection of trees includes a variety of ornamental and flowering trees, shade trees and native trees. Some varieties may be limited.

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Nancy Bentley, principal of Banks County Elementary School, has been named director of special programs for the Banks County School System for the 2020-2021 school year Bentley began her career in 1993 with the school system teaching science at Banks County Middle School. She has served in m…

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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 …