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Members of the Rotary Club of Madison County and volunteers constructed a 12-foot access ramp July 29 with a four-by-five-foot landing for Sharon Lyle on Paoli Road, the club’s 828th handicap ramp. Lyle is the assistant manager at the Dollar General store in Comer. Unfortunately, Lyle had a …

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The Pilot Club of Madison County held its first meeting of the new Pilot Year on July 22nd at the Madison County Senior Center and recognized its board of directors for 2021-22. Pictured (L-R) are Kathy Ferguson, Gail Edwards, Karen Westbrook; Treasurer - Terri Mobley; President-Elect Jayne …

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I think milestone birthdays call for an extra special celebration. My sister, Amanda, had a milestone birthday earlier this year, turning 50, so I wanted to do something really special and I wanted it to be a surprise. That is really a challenge since she has a gift for figuring everything out.

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Pop into the Nicholson Public Library to win a handmade quilt made by the Friends of the Harold S. Swindle Public Library Quilting Group. The quilt features UGA, the University of Georgia’s mascot. The back design is paw prints. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 available at the Nicholson Publ…

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The Banks County Sheriff’s Office donated school supplies for the Family Connection Back to School Bash and members of TrueLife Church, along with Aubree Shirley, Regan Sullivan and Kennedy Williams, packed 200 book bags full of the school supplies. Shown are: (front row, L-R) Aubree Shirley…

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Banks County Family Connection hosted a Back to School Bash Saturday, July 31, at Banks County High School. There was a bounce houses, cotton candy, Kona Ice, games, big slides, pizza and lots of free items. Those who applied for a book bag, receive it at the event.

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Jackson County 4-H held several day camps and summer programs for youth to participate in covering topics including science, engineering, agriculture, environment, weather, technology, food safety, cooking skills and critical thinking.

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Voices of North Georgia, a Gainesville-based, 50-voice community chorus presenting concerts from the Beatles to Beethoven, will be resuming in-person rehearsals this fall and has positions available for all vocal parts, leaders announced recently.

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Members of the Rotary Club of Madison County and volunteers constructed their 827th handicap ramp, a 12-foot access ramp, Thursday, July 22 for Paul Skelton who lives on Helican Springs Road. Skelton recently had serious foot surgery, which included loss of a toe and his recovery will be rap…

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Madison County Extension Agent Carole Knight spoke recently to the National Ladies Homestead Gathering at the Madison County Senior Center. She covered the many resources available through the Extension Office. NLHG seeks to build community through homesteading skills.

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When you’re going on a trip, the day you travel to your destination is always very tiring. I had been up very early, traveling to the Atlanta airport and finding my way to the correct gate in the international terminal. 

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The annual Kesler family reunion will be held on Sunday, August 1, at Prospect Church, 5066 Prospect Road, Toccoa. The first reunion was held in 1938. 

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Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermudagrass hay are encouraged to enter the 2021 GFB Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at a University of Georgia lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which provides an analysis of the nutritional value of …

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Jennifer Ivey, branch manager, Madison County Library was one of 38 fellows who graduated July 15 from the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a leadership and economic development program sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Members of the Class of 2021, along with their friends …

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Past Rotary Club President Vicki Boling presented Lynn Eaton with the “High Five Award” at last week's meeting for all of her extra efforts and hard work during the 2020-2021 Rotary year. Leah McGrath, corporate dietitian for Ingles Markets, joined the Banks County Rotary Club via Zoom as th…

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With their metallic copper and blue-green bodies and bronze wings, Japanese beetles might be considered beautiful if not for the damage they cause. The plentiful beetles munch holes into the leaves of landscape plants leaving what is often described as skeletal remains. Wet soil conditions o…

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The Madison County Rotary Club ramp crew constructed a handicap ramp for Walter Brown on Cheek Pulliam Road July 15, the club’s 826th ramp. Walter, and his wife, Brenda, both can use help getting in and out of their house. Walter is recovering from serious surgery and Brenda has chronic knee…

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The Madison County Democratic Committee will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the outdoor picnic shelter next to the tennis courts at the Madison County Recreation Department on Highway 98.

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Tabasco Mexican Grill (200 General Daniels Ave N, Danielsville, GA 30633) is the Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s “Business of the Month.” “Tabasco Mexican Grill committed to serving their guests and local community with delicious food and exceptional margaritas at an affordable price,” …

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A pair of 2-year-old sibling pitties named “Bert” (black) and “Ernie” (gray) are this week’s Dogs of the Week at the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter (MOAS). To facilitate the chances that these bonded brothers will find a home together, the shelter is offering the pair for $100 (adopt one,…

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The Pilot Club of Madison County donated school supplies and monetary donations to the Madison Area Resource Team (MART) for Madison County children back to school needs. Kathy Ferguson, Pilot Projects Coordinator, is pictured with Library Assistant Zach McCannon. Madison County Library is t…

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Jackson County Extension will be hosting a free Cutting Costs Course at 6 p.m. on July 29, at the Jackson County Extension/4-H Office at 255 Curtis H. Spence Drive in Jefferson.

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Immediate past Banks County Rotary Club President Vicki Boling had a surprise for the Rotarians that were most active during the fourth quarter of the 2020-21 Rotary year. Receiving a Rotary glass filled with candy at last week's meeting were: (L-R) Mark Valentine, Doug Cheek, Rick Billingsl…

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The Langford families will meet again in August after being unable during the 2020 COVID pandemic.

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The Madison County Rotary Club Ramp Crew constructed a 12-foot ramp July 8 for Billy Manders and his family on Colbert Danielsville Road. Billy worked for Walmart for 25 years but has been forced to battle cancer in his retirement. As his son, Billy Jr., put it, “because of the cancer, my fa…

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The City of Hull will held its first “Educational Enrichment Fair” Saturday, July 10 at the pavilion of Hull Baptist Church at the downtown square. There were games, water splash, a storyteller, STEAM activities, food, ice cream, a school supply give-away and more. The event was sponsored by…

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Members of the Honey Pond Garden Club of Comer gathered on a very warm Saturday, July 10 to weed and spruce up around the 13 trees they planted in February 2021. All the trees, including the Weeping Peaches (as pictured), are doing well and should continue providing shade and color to downto…

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Ansleigh Williams was a recent guest speaker at the Banks County Rotary Club meeting. President Michael Housworth is shown presenting a book that will be donated in her name to the local school system, as part of the club's literacy program efforts. Williams is owner/director of Pointe of Gr…