Early deadlines will be in place for the Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 issues of The Banks County News.
The news deadline will be at noon on Friday, Dec. 20, and on Friday, Dec. 27.
The deadline for classified and display ads will also be at noon on those Fridays.
The early deadlines are due to the Christmas holiday and New Year’s Day holiday.
The newspapers those weeks will be delivered one day ahead of the regular schedule and will be at news stands early.
Welcome to Gillsville! After months of planning, the downtown area now has a new welcome sign.
Gillsville councilman Larry Poole has worked for several months gathering prices and trying to find someone to paint a mural over the faded sign on the downtown building.
The logo and welcome sign, prepared by Dave Wiley Graphics, was installed in panels covered with plexiglass for protection from weather and vandalism.
At the city council meeting on Dec. 3, Poole said he is very satisfied with the results and, with the plexiglass covering, the sign should last for years to come.
In other business at the meeting:
•the council approved increasing rental fees for the downtown buildings. Effective January 1, the rental fee for Gillsville Café will increase to $525 and $425 for the Rehab 2 Fab building.
•Mayor Roy Turpin reported the Georgia Mountain Regional Commission is working on updating the city map to include all recent annexations. Turpin said any additional annexation requests must be processed before April 30, 2020, in order to be included in the upcoming census.
•the council agreed to resume discussion regarding updates to the zoning regulations in January.
•the council agreed to continue to plan for outdoor restrooms at the city park. In addition, the council is looking to place security cameras and gates at the park in order to deter after hours access to the park.
Newly elected councilmembers will be attending training in Athens on March 4-6.
Mayor Turpin reported plans are underway for Santa to make an appearance in downtown during weekends this month.
Zach McCann is the new Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent at the Banks County Extension office.
McCann is a native of northeast Georgia and grew up on a small sheep and horse farm near Athens and was an active member of 4-H.
"Through 4-H, I was able to show and judge both livestock and horses on the state and national level," McCann said. I attended Virginia Tech and studied Animal and Poultry Sciences, and upon graduation in 2013, moved to Tennessee to work for Tyson Foods. I am excited to be here in Banks County and to serve as a resource for farmers and home owners. For over 100 years, UGA Cooperative Extension has worked to bring the knowledge and research from the university to local communities in a meaningful and service-oriented manor. This is a tradition that I am proud to carry on and look forward to assisting the farmers and homeowners of Banks County with a variety of issues ranging from pasture, to lawn and garden help."
Christmas events are planned in Baldwin and Maysville this weekend.
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.