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On Sept. 24, 13 graduating students were installed as new members of the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The installation was held at the CERT office in Winder. In attendance were Barrow County Emergency Services Chief Alan Shuman, CERT officers, and CERT team members.

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An annual burn ban was lifted in Barrow County on Tuesday, Oct. 1. However, Barrow County Emergency Services and the Georgia Forestry Commission are urging citizens to use extreme caution and follow established procedures when using fire outside.

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The Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) recently started its eight-week basic training classes with 16 students. The classes started July 9 and will end on Aug. 27 with a class emergency response exercise that will allow students to put in to practice all that they have learned.

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Barrow County Emergency Services is joining with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency in highlighting a statewide PrepareAthon! tornado drill on Feb. 8 at 9 a.m.

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A Lawrenceville man was arrested recently and charged with stealing nearly $56,000 worth of high-capacity generator batteries in a Barrow County salvage yard and selling the material to an area business specializing in scrap metal.

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The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office K9, Ace, is receiving a bullet and stab protective vest donated by a charitable non-profit organization, “Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”

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The City of Winder Fire Station 1, located at 96 North Broad Street in downtown Winder, invites the public to attend an Open House for the newly remodeled station on Sunday, March 13, from 2-4 p.m.