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A fire on Nov. 8 in Baldwin is believed to be suspicious in nature. Units from Banks County Fire/EMS and the Lee Arrendale Institute Fire Departments responded to 1471 Highway 198, Baldwin, on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, they found a detached building 20 x 20, that had been used…

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On Wednesday, Nov. 6, MANS Task Force Officers working with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division K-9 Unit, and the City of Gainesville Police Department, culminated a heroin trafficking investigation with the service of a search warrant and the arrests of; Albert Lee Scot…

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Dear Editor, I'm glad I still receive the Banks County News here at my new home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Especially as I pulled it out of my apartment mailbox yesterday with the headline state champions, as immediately knew it was the softball team. It brought back memories of a trip I took a f…

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Governor Brian Kemp, in coordination with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and the National Weather Service, is declaring Nov. 6, as Georgia’s Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Day and encouraging schools, businesses and individuals to take part in the severe weat…

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The Prissy and Andy Armstrong Trust has recently made a substantial contribution to the Georgia Police K9 Foundation for several K9s, including one in Banks County, to be protected with Armored LOF StreetFighter Vest.

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Someone broke the window of an automobile at Longhorn Steakhouse at Highway 441 at Banks Crossing and stole cash, a gun and prescription medication, according to an incident reported filed at the Banks County Sheriff’s Office.

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A Commerce home was heavily damaged in a fire on Oct. 24. The Banks County and Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute fire departments were called to a 199 Trout Lane, Commerce, residence on a reported structure fire. Firefighters found the single-family residence with heavy smoke and fire sho…

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Jackson EMC made a contribution to the Banks County Sheriff's Office Training Center that will provide a 60' tower and a 14' elevated shooting platform for the 300 meter rifle range. The main range is expected to be ready for public firearm classes and law enforcement use in early spring. An…

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Rep. Chris Erwin (right) stopped by the Banks County Sheriff's Office for a tour of the jail and a demonstration of the office drone. Sheriff Carlton Speed is also shown (left).

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A fire investigator with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office has determined a fire that occurred just after 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 28, in Banks County was intentionally set.

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The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Banks County Emergency Management Agency are encouraging residents to participate in October’s Cyber Security Awareness Month and learn tips on staying cyber secure.

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Though burning leaf piles and campfires are hallmarks of fall, Georgia's current drought is impacting decisions to burn outdoors. The Georgia Forestry Commission is urging everyone to follow established procedures and exercise extreme caution when using fire outside.

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This two-vehicle wreck occurred in downtown Homer on Friday. Further details were not available.

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Banks County Fire and EMS is part of the University of Georgia Passive Football Task Force team. Members of the team are shown on a tour of the stadium.

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The Banks County Sheriff's Office assisted in a recent lockdown drill at Banks County Middle School. Deputy Kelley and K9 Renno put their training to work.

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Eighteen donors gave blood at the LifeSouth Community Blood Centers blood drive held recently at the Banks County Sheriff's Office.

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A Homer apartment was heavily damaged in a fire on Aug. 29. The Banks County Fire/EMS, Homer and Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute Fire Departments were dispatched to 105 Timberlane Street, Homer, on a residential/apartment fire. Upon arrival, units found a multi-family apartment building…

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A Homer residence was destroyed in a fire on Aug. 30. The Banks County Fire/EMS, Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute, Homer and Bold Springs fire departments responded to 1633 Wilson Bridge Road, Homer, on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 3,000 square foot singl…

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On Wednesday, August 21, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office concluded a narcotics investigation which produced approximately one pound of methamphetamine being seized. Three individuals were arrested as the result of the inve…

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The staff at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto found an altered football between the fences, which contained approximately 600 cigarettes and six packs of rolling papers.

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A report of a “suspicious person” walking along I-85 recently led to a chase with law enforcement officers. Deputies responding to a “suspicious person” call at an I-85 location found a man meeting the description of the person reported, who also fit the description of a man who had fled fro…