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A man was injured in this wreck which occurred April 28 on I-85 South near Martin Bridge Road. Banks County Fire/EMS responded found a multi-vehicle accident with two tractor trailer trucks, a passenger vehicle and a van involved in the accident. Three patients were treated on the scene for …

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This wreck occurred at Hwy. 441 and McCoy Bridge Road, Homer, at 6:49 a.m. Monday. It was a one-vehicle wreck with a female driver, who was ejected from he vehicle. She reportedly had multiple injuries but was listed in stable condition. She was transported by EMS to an area hospital.

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On April 16, the Banks County Fire/EMS and Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute Fire Department responded to 632 Borders Road, Commerce, on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-family residence with fire and smoke showing from the structure. The fire was quick…

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On Sunday, April 11, there was a wreck in Commerce on US-441 next to Blazer’s Hot Wings.

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A Banks County home was totally destroyed in a fire on April 1. The Banks County Fire/EMS responded to 426 English Road, Homer, on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-family home, unoccupied structure, fully involved. The cause of the fire was listed as accid…

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Wesley Allen Atwood, 34, of Homer, was killed in a head-on wreck on March 25 on Hwy. 51 North near Gillespie Road, Homer. Banks County Fire/EMS responded to the wreck at 7 a.m. and found a two-vehicle accident involving a Ford Pick-up and a large Roll off dumpster truck. The two vehicles had…

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A building on Walkers Way, Commerce, was destroyed in a fire on March 14. Banks County Fire/EMS responded to a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, units found a detached out building well involved with fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. The occupants we…

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A camper being used as a residence in Gillsville was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday, March 3. The Banks County Fire/EMS responded to 1087 Henderson Road, Gillsville, at 11:33 a.m. on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a camper that was being utilized as a residenti…

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An Alto home was completely destroyed in a fire on Thursday, March 4, with the occupants, who were home, escaping unharmed. The Banks County Fire/EMS, Habersham County Emergency Services and the Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute Fire Department were called to a fire at 120 Jerrill Way, Al…

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The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office executed three search warrants in Jackson County and Banks County in an ongoing drug investigation that led to the arrest of three people.

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A building used as an office was totally destroyed in a fire on Feb. 8. Banks County Fire/EMS and the Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute Fire Department responded to 20812 Hwy. 441, Commerce, on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, units found a structure that was used as an office and…

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A Lula home was destroyed in a fire on Jan. 30. Banks County Fire/EMS responded to 175 Glen Road, Lula, on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, units found a single-family structure fully involved with fire. No one was home at the time of the fire and the home was under renovations. No i…

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A South Carolina woman said she met a man that she met online at the Best Western motel. She said they both contributed money to pay for the room. She said the man later demanded his portion of the money for the room back. She said he then took her Apple watch and ran from the room.

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Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed (right) was recently sworn in to serve another four-year term in office.

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A tractor trailer fire was reported on Dec. 31 on I-85. Banks County Fire/EMS responded to Interstate 85 at the 151 Mile marker northbound on a reported vehicle fire. Upon arrival, they found a tractor trailer with 50 percent involvement to the tractor and the trailer. The fire started aroun…

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A tanker truck rollover on Christmas Day shut down Hwy. 441 and led to several homes being evacuated. On December 25, at 8:24 p.m., Banks County Fire/EMS responded to 2519 Hwy. 441 North, near Berlin Road, Homer, on a reported vehicle accident involving a tanker truck rollover. Upon arrival,…

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Major Carissa McFaddin was the special guest speaker at the Banks County Rotary Club and she provided an overview of the great lengths that the Banks County Sheriff’s Office engages in to not only hire qualified personnel but also to instill the highest level of professionalism throughout th…

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A camper being used as a residence was destroyed in a fire on Dec. 4 at 181 Hebron Court. Banks County Fire/EMS and the Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a towable camper that was being utilized as a …

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From November 15 to November 17, the Banks County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, conducted Operation Holiday Sweep. The objective of the operation was to locate and arrest offenders with outstanding shoplifting warrants.

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The Banks County Sheriff's Office has issued a BOLO in connection with burglaries that occurred on Jan. 19, 2020. The above notice was posted on social media, along with this statement: "Our investigators have been hard at work on this case from January. After extreme diligence and dedicatio…

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If you are a Banks County resident and need assistance installing or checking smoke alarms, call 706-677-1812 and Banks County Fire & EMS can install free smoke alarms or check the batteries for you to ensure yours are working correctly.

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To obtain a burn permit, call 1-877-652-2876 or online at www.gatrees.org. Once you have received your permit number, call the non-emergency dispatch number at 706-677-1234 to inform them of your permit number.