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Gillsville man dies in shooting

Jeff Turner, 56, Gillsville man died after being shot Friday night.

Banks County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call at 851 Highway 323 in Gillsville Friday night at 6:43 p.m. in reference to a shooting.

When deputies arrived at that location, they found Turner, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Nelly Miles, public affairs director with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation states, “Individuals involved in the incident have been identified and located. However, at this time, no charges have been filed. This is an ongoing investigation.”

Lora Millwood named Teacher of the Year

Lora Millwood was named the Banks County School System Teacher of the Year Monday night. She is a teacher at the elementary school. She was awarded $500 from Jackson Electric Membership Corporation.

Each of the four schools recognized an educator as Teacher of the Year. Those recognized were: Kim Moore, Banks County Primary School; Stephanie Kinsey, Banks County Middle School; and Tony Bedford, Banks County High School.

A committee of educators outside of the community interviewed the teachers and read their individual portfolios prior to making the selection of the system teacher of the year. Donna McMullan, associate superintendent for Jefferson City Schools, served as an interviewer and commented, “Each one of the candidates is an outstanding educator. It was a challenge to name one winner.”

In addition to honoring the teachers, the system continued the tradition of recognizing Paraprofessionals of the Year and Classified Staff Members of the Year.

Superintendent Ann Hopkins recognized all of the employees commenting, “Thank you for the job you do. We appreciate you and your service to our Banks County family.”

Those honored as Paraprofessionals of the Year include: Gina Dodd, BCPS; Beth Seay, BCES; Heather Ausborn, BCMS; and Jill Busenlehner, BCHS.

Those named as Classified Staff Members of the Year include: Nancy Cochran, BCPS; Ellen Whitfield, BCES; Amanda Massey, BCMS; and Kandy Parks; BCHS.

The Board of Education hosted a reception honoring all of the employees and their families on Monday, November 18, prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the Banks County Board of Education.

Banks County Middle School held its annual Heritage Day at the school on Friday, Nov. 22. Jordan Pritchett of Banks County 4-H sheared a sheep during a demonstration on preparing for show day. Shown here is Chickasaw, 2.

Christmas events planned in next month

Christmas events are planned across Banks County in the next month. Parades, visits with Santa and tree lightings are just a few of the festivities planned.


The Town of Alto will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting event beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the new municipal complex.


The annual Christmas in the Park in Lula event will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The City of Lula along with the Lula Belton Historical Society invites everyone to be a part of the celebration. “We would like to have as many businesses, churches and organizations represented as possible,” leaders state. “This is a wonderful way for the community to recognize your interest in our city and show fellowship during this festive season.”

If you decide you will be a part of this celebration you can set up a table to give away snack foods, non-alcoholic drinks, trinkets, etc. That is for you to decide depending on your budget and time spent in preparation. The City of Lula will provide tables. You will need to provide your own canopy/tent if you desire one. The tables should be set up by 3:30 p.m. There is no charge for the booth space.

The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and will end at approximately 7:30-8 p.m. The parade will begin down Main St. at 6 p.m. Parade line up is at 5 p.m.


The City of Baldwin will host the annual Habersham Community Christmas Parade at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The city will have its tree lighting event after the parade at Mitchell Gailey Park. Refreshments will be served and Santa will be available for photos.


The Christmas at Veteran’s Park in Maysville will be on Saturday, December 14. Vendors can set up at 2 p.m. and Santa arrives at 6 p.m. The Community Club will also have hot drinks, roasted marshmallows and s’mores.