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Fire at Scottish Inn leads to motel being condemned

A fire shut down a Banks Crossing motel on Saturday, Oct. 5, leading to the structure being condemned until it can be brought up to code.

The fire at the Scottish Inn reportedly started by a cigarette outside the motel.

Banks County Fire/EMS responded to a commercial structure fire at 30934 Highway 441, Commerce, at the Scottish Inn Motel. Upon arrival, firefighters found the two-story motel with fire showing through the roof.

The structure was evacuated and searched for occupants which were removed by fire personnel. The fire was quickly extinguished with an interior attack and contained to the front half of the building.

Sixteen families were displaced and removed from the building. One minor injury was reported to an occupant, who was treated and released by EMS personnel on the scene. Automatic aid was requested from Commerce Fire Department along with assistance from the Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute Fire Department. The cause of the fire has been listed as a discarded cigarette near the building.

The remaining structure has been secured and listed as condemned until the building can be repaired and brought up to code.

The American Red Cross was at the scene to assist the residents who are in need.

BY ANGELA GARY Angie@mainstreetnews.com. 

Attendees at the annual Lula Fall Festival on Oct. 5 had a chance to take part in a corn hole game. Several corn hole sets were set up at the festival.

Banks County District Governor Don Martin was a recent speaker at the Banks County Rotary Club. He is shown presenting a pin to Mark Valentine, president of the Banks County Rotary Club.

Shown are Banks County Middle School’s third grade students of the month: Lexi Roberts, Luis Olandez, Cam Rinckey, Sophia Smith, Abby Kimbrell, Aiden Glenn, Dominic Highfield, Delilah Murray, Enrique Rosillo-Brito and Olivia Maxwell.

Deadline October 11 for Ag Award nominations

The 2019 Banks County Agriculture Awards Committee will be accepting nominations for the following three categories: Farmer of the Year, Woman in Agriculture, and Agribusiness of the year.

Nominations from the community including nominee's name and contact information can be made to the Banks County Farm Bureau at 706-677-2215 or email Julie at jajackson@gfb.org<mailto:jajackson@gfb.org.

Nominations are due by October 11.

The Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lula.

For more information, contact Julie Jackson at the Banks County Farm Bureau at 706-677-2215.