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On Monday, Dec. 23, at 2:42 p.m. units from Banks County Fire/EMS and Lee Arrendale Corrections Institute Fire Department responded to 2861 Yonah-Homer Road, Homer, on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival units found a single-family residence with fire showing from the front windows and d…

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The Banks County High School softball team was recognized during the Dec. 16 Board of Education meeting for their state championship title.

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Members of the Banks County High Schools boys track team were recognized during the Dec. 16 Board of Education meeting for their fourth place finish at state.

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Members of the Banks County High Schools girls track team were recognized during the Dec. 16 Board of Education meeting for their fourth place finish at state.

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Region B Healthcare Coalition and Banks County 911/EMA Director Deidra Moore helped the Banks County Sheriff's Office in receiving protective and life-saving gear. Through the recent public safety grant, the department received individual trauma kits, positive facial lock respirators, person…

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A man was injured and a garage was heavily damaged in a fire on Bellamy Road on Dec. 15. Banks County Fire/EMS responded to 438 Bellamy Road, Homer, on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, units found a 2,500 square foot detached garage on fire. Fire chief Steve Nichols reports, "A quick…

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A fire destroyed a business in Alto on Sunday, Dec. 8. Fire units from Banks County Fire/EMS, Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute Fire Department and mutual aid from Baldwin and Habersham fire departments responded to 261 West Coker Road in Alto on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, f…

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On December 6, units from Banks County Fire/EMS responded to 1530 Highway 164, Commerce, on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, they found a single-family residence well involved with fire. An aggressive interior attack was made and the fire was contained to the structure. The occupant …

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Dr. Meadows and his wife, Kathryn, along with Meadows Surgical Arts staff, hosted first responders from Banks County Sheriff’s Office, Banks County Fire and EMS and Commerce Police Department to lunch. "It was an honor to serve them lunch after a busy holiday season as a token of gratitude f…

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Banks County Fire & EMS officials have received word from the recent ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey that, as of March 1, 2020, the protection class rating for Banks County will be a 03/3x. This rating is dropping from a 5/9 to the 03/3x which means a huge savings in in…

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Dispatchers Stephanie Rhodes, Candace Burton and Kendall Payne had a big surprise at 9-1-1 from the Kingdom Kids at Homer Baptist when they brought by treats for them.

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Fire Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office have determined a fire that occurred just after 8:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, at a Banks County storage building was intentionally set. The fire was set to an outbuilding on the property located at 1471 Highway 198 in…

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The donations for Banks County Family Connection's Christmas programs are already rolling in. A very generous anonymous donor brought in these 15 bicycles. For more information on how you can donate to Banks County Family Connection's Christmas assistance programs contact us or contact Famil…

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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.