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The Athens Regional Library System announced today that many of its library branches, including Madison County, will open to the public for Grab-and-Go service starting Monday, Sept. 28.

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Melissa Kemp, a resident of Jefferson, was recently crowned Mrs. Georgia America 2020. She will be representing the city and state at the Mrs. America 2021 pageant. Kemp is a nurse practitioner. "This is such a fun and exciting opportunity and I’d love the support of my city," Kemp said.

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I snapped a photo and wiped away a tear. Snapped another photo. Wiped away another tear. Maybe journalists aren’t supposed to show any emotion. But I’ve never been one of those journalists. I’ve shed many a tear in my years of covering the news in Banks and Jackson counties.

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Often, before starting a business, small business owners ask themselves questions. “Where will I put my business? What will I name it? When should I be open?” Better questions might be “Do I have enough start-up capital? Do I have a business plan and mission statement? Do I have the experien…

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The 10th annual Angel's Ride fundraiser, for Alannah Yearwood, will be held on Oct. 10 at the Hoschton Depot, located at 18 Railroad Avenue, Hoschton. The event will be held rain or shine. Registration will be at 9 a.m. and kickstands up will be at 10:30 a.m.

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A virtual candlelight vigil is scheduled to include Madison, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Morgan and Walton counties for 7 p.m. Sunday, October 4, to kick off National Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 4-10.

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The ramp crew of the Madison County Rotary Club constructed its 788th handicap ramp for Inez Hitchcock on Farm Road in Madison County Thursday, Sept. 3. Inez Hitchcock is a life-long county resident and a graduate of Madison County schools. She worked early in her life in the textile industr…

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The Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter’s “Dog of the Week” is “Bella, a 9-month-old house-trained lab mix who has been at the shtler for three weeks. “This 9-month old bundle of joy is waiting to release all of her pent up energy with a loving family,” a shelter staff member said. “Bella is a…

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The Madison County Rotary Club Ramp Crew made extensive repairs on a ramp for Jimmie Cleghorne, who lives on Holman Autry Road. Her ramp #29 was originally built in 1999 by the Rotary Club of Madison County for her husband, Mitchell, who suffered a stroke, leaving him confined to a wheelchai…

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The Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter’s “Cat of the Week” is “Sheba,” a 20-week-old domestic short hair cat, who arrived at the shelter 11 weeks ago with her sister, Storm, who has been adopted. Sheba and her sister were not very people friendly, according to staff members, but they made “a …

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Representative Chris Erwin spoke recently at the Banks County Rotary Club meeting at Chimney Oaks Golf Club. Rep. Erwin shared an update from the Gold Dome, including budget updates and notes from his most recent Capitol Connection Newsletter. As a token of appreciation, a book will be donat…

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On the second Thursday of each month, join elected officials, pastors, community leaders,and concerned citizens as they meet to pray for the nation, its leaders and revival for America.

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The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia has received a donation of 12 pallets of fresh eggs – or more than 155,000 individual eggs -- from Cal-Maine Foods, a Georgia agricultural company that is the largest producer and marketer of shell eggs in the United States. The eggs were delivered on Augus…

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Freedom Church of God and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia will be giving a free food box to those in need (must be present) September 15 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Freedom Church of God, located at 3428 Neese Commerce Road, Commerce.

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The Piedmont Regional Library System is offering new redesigned library cards to their patrons in honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month.

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The Commerce Public Library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, in honor of Labor Day. Regular limited hours begin again on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are still no overdue fines while books are continuing to be quarantined for four days after being returned.

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The Piedmont Regional Library System is offering new redesigned library cards to its patrons in honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month. During the month of September, the American Library Association and all libraries nationwide are urging everyone to sign up for a library card.  

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City of Hull mayor and council members will be handing out care packages, including PPE (personal protection equipment) Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Hwy. 72 and Glenn Carrie Road, near the city well. Organizers say you do not have to be a city resident to receive a …

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As I sat upstairs in the historic courthouse last week looking at the beautiful restoration work that had been done, I thought back over my more than three decades of covering news in Jackson County. My thoughts went back to the first event I covered as a young reporter.