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Baldwin leaders will move forth with seeking bids to complete its downtown park construction project but are prepared to tailor the project should bids come in too high.

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Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed was sworn in as the 2020-21 president of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association. Judge Brian Rickman of the Georgia Court of Appeals is shown swearing in the officers of the GSA. Shown being sworn in are: (L-R) Sheriff Carlton Speed, president; Sheriff Andy Hest…

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Sheriff Carlton Speed is shown with his family at the Georgia Sheriffs' Association ceremony where he was sworn in as president.

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Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to pick the candidate for the District 4 seat on the Banks County Board of Commissioners. Keith Gardiner and William Reems will be on the ballot in the run-off election.

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Josh White (left) was sworn in by Mayor Richard Presley as the new police chief for the City of Maysville.

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The City of Maysville has a new police chief. Following a 90-minute closed meeting on Thursday, July 30, the Maysville City Council voted unanimously to hire Joshua White as Police Chief, replacing David Cochran.

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Don Martin, the Past Rotary Rotary District 6910 Governor, is shown with Banks County Rotary Club past president Mark Valentine. Martin spoke at the Rotary club meeting last week on leadership and cultivating leadership in the club. He also finished up some old business for his Rotary year i…

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Trees were down last week on Wrights Mill Road when a storm passed through the county. County workers are shown clearing the road.

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This huge oak tree, which is probably is 60-plus years old, fell on Carlan Road last week during the storms that passed through. The old tree completely blocked the road. The wind speed peak was reportedly 27 miles an hour with heavy rainfall.

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Banks County High School students walked across Leopard Stadium during their graduation ceremony on Saturday, July 18. Here, graduates keep their distance as they graduate during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Banks County school leaders are planning for the return to school in a few weeks.  Students will return to school on Friday, Aug. 7, while teachers are scheduled to return on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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The Gillsville City Council is looking to adopt the city operating budget for fiscal year 2021. During a meeting held July 7, Mayor Roy Turpin said he expects only minimal changes in 2021 from the current year budget but cautioned postponement of nonessential projects may become necessary pe…

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The Homer Town Council amended its alcohol ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday, July 14, to allow for the sale of alcohol on Sunday, following approval of the issue by the majority of the city's residents on the recent referendum.

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The Banks County News was named the Business of the Month for July by the Banks County Chamber of Commerce/CVB. Shown presenting the plaque to editor Angela Gary (left) are Alicia Andrews (center) and Tina Queen (right) with the Chamber/CVB.

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Banks County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Charles Turk, was the guest program speaker at the weekly Rotary luncheon meeting. He spoke about some of the most significant priorities for the county and he broke things down on a department basis. After serving three terms as the District 4 c…

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Bobby Irvin of Banks County (right) will be featured on an episode of "American Pickers" on the History Channel on Monday, July 13. He is shown with Robbie Wolfe (left) and Mike Wolfe (center). The episode is on "Moonshine and Motors." Photo from American Pickers website.

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The Homer Town Council held a work session on July 7 to review the proposed $541,500 budget for fiscal year 2020-2021. The council was scheduled to vote on the proposed budget at its regular meeting on July 14 (see www.banksnewstoday.com for latest update).

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Graduation will be held on Saturday, July 18, at Leopard Stadium, with stipulations put in place due to COVID-19. However, the planned prom has been cancelled, also due to concerns due to the virus.

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The Lula City Council approved a $1.116 budget at a called meeting on Monday, June 29, with Mayor Jim Grier pointing out that action comes with no employee furloughs or city taxes.

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The Banks County Board of Commissioners awarded a bid in a called meeting Monday morning to Rains Grading, Hauling & Paving for $68,500 for a sewer line installation at Hwy. 59.

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The first annual Rotary Salutes’ Awards Program recognized individuals in the community who demonstrate “service above self.” The presentation was given on Friday, June 19, at Comfort Suites Commerce. Here, Carol Williams (right) of Banks County Family Connections presented Stacey Krumnow (l…

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Tim Harper (right), Banks County Clerk of Courts, presented Mike Cleveland (left) with the Distinguished Service Award at the Rotary Salutes’ Awards Program at Comfort Suites Commerce. This award honors an individual in the community that exemplifies “service above self” in all aspects of li…

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Captain Carissa McFaddin, accompanied by major Matt Allen, chief Shawn Wilson and Banks County sheriff Carlton Speed, presented the Award of Merit at the Rotary Salutes’ Awards Program at Comfort Suites Commerce. Here, Speed (right) presents Sergeant Kelle Patterson (left) with the rotary award.

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William Reems will be in the runoff for the District 4 seat on the Banks County Board of Commissioners instead of Bob Blackwell following a recount on Friday afternoon.

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The Banks County Board of Education approved a calendar when it met on Monday, June 15, for the 2020-2021 school year that will have 10 less work days for teachers. This is being done to meet a state mandate to cut the budget by 11 to 14 percent.