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The Lula City Council has approved the purchase of 1.6 acres located at 5960 Athens Street and Hwy. 51.  The council intends to develop additional downtown parking and add other amenities.

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At the Homer Council meeting on Tuesday, leaders had an opportunity to look at a map of a round-about proposed by the Georgia Department of Transportation. For many years, citizens have asked for help to ease traffic issues that plague the city when citizens travel to work and school.

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The Banks County Rotary Club was the Chamber of Commerce CVB September Member of the Month. President of the Banks County Rotary, Michael Housworth, and Chamber CVB president Alicia Andrews are pictured.

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Early voting will start Tuesday for the county-wide election on the one-cent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST), as well as the one-cent education local option sales tax (ELOST).

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Banks County now uses Georgia Burn Permits to obtain a local burn permit. A burn permit is required for burning all natural vegetation that is hand piled, including leaf piles and vegetative debris disposal from storm damage, weed abatement, disease and/or pest prevention.

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The Baldwin City Council, on Monday, September 27, during the council meeting re-set the October work session meeting to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, in the courtroom at the police department.

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The Baldwin City Council, at the September 13 monthly meeting, unanimously approved the 2021 Millage Rate at the rollback rate of 1.608 mills for Banks County residents – down from 1.675 mills - inside the city and 6.793 mills for Habersham County residents – down from 7.504 mills.

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The Homer Town Council is considering getting into the waste water treatment business although they declined an offer to buy a sewer system that is already in place in the city.  

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In a work session on Monday, the Lula City Council made it clear that a city tax will not be imposed again this year.

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Gillsville resident, Keith Segars, has been appointed to the Gillsville City Council to fill the Post 5 seat vacated by Wade Dale, who resigned to run for mayor. Incumbent Mayor Roy Turpin did not seek re-election.

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Austin Fontes, 17, Commerce, has been identified as the victim in the wreck Thursday morning in Banks County. He was killed in the wreck that occurred at 7:38 a.m. at 2477 Hwy. 441 near Berlin Road, Homer.

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The Banks County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval Tuesday night, Sept. 7, on a request from Zach Lurie, owner of Maximum Powersports, for a conditional use permit to operate a motorcross training facility at 221 Columbus Drive, Homer.

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The Banks County Board of Health will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 14, at 9 a.m. in the conference room of the Banks County Health Department, located at 667 Thompson Street, Homer.

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At the monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 24, the Town of Alto council approved commercial and industrial water deposit rates.

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Tom Talbot (left) was the guest speaker last week at the Banks County Rotary Club. He is founder of Glen Oak Lumber & Milling Company. He is shown with Rotary Club president Michael Housworth, who will present a book in his honor to the school library.

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The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado with 90 miles per hour winds did touch down in Banks County on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

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In a unanimous vote on Monday night, the Lula City Council approved its much talked about derelict and blighted property ordinance. The action came during the regular council meeting following a public hearing on the ordinance.

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The Banks County Board of Education approved leaving the system's millage rate at 14.5110 mills for FY2022 when it met last week.

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The Baldwin City Council, on Thursday, August 12, at the monthly meeting approved the first reading of the 2021 Millage Rate Ordinance, leaving the millage rate the same as 2020.

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Following a public hearing on Tuesday, August 10, the Homer City Council, during its monthly meeting, unanimously approved rolling back the millage rate from 4.86 mills to 0 for 2021. The city’s five-year tax history shows this has been the case since at least 2016.

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Banks County continues to rise each week, while the number of county residents who are fully vaccinated, at 24 percent, remains among the lowest in the state.