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Keep Madison County Beautiful (KMCB) is holding its annual “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling event through Jan. 18 at the Madison County Transfer Station.

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Highlights of the holiday season for Graceful Gospel Dance Academy students included spreading cheer through the Special Needs Dance Recital and performing at local assisted living facilities.

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The cast of "I Don't Want to Talk About It" is shown following a performance at Foothills Education Charter High School.

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A few people are trying their luck with "play money" at the casino tables at the Banks County Chamber CVB Annual Dinner.

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Banks County High School ambassadors assisted at the dinner.

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Todd and Ginger Hubbard are shown at the Banks County Chamber of Commerce CVB Annual Dinner.

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The Barrow News-Journal was named last week at the Business of the Week by the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce. The award is sponsored by Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center and Country Financial. Pictured, from left to right, are chamber president Tommy Jennings, chamber vice presiden…

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The Rotary Club of Madison County constructed a 4x4 platform and a 12-foot handicap ramp Thursday Jan. 9 for Edna Hughes, who lives on the Rogers Mill Road. She is a native Madison County resident, and was a parapro teacher at Danielsville Elementary School for 20 years. She taught from kind…

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The Oglethorpe County Bee Club will hold its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 20 at the Farm Bureau, 925 Athens Road, Crawford.

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Whether you are a home owner or a large agriculture producer, we are all faced with multiple challenges throughout the year from insects, plant diseases, wildlife or fertilizing questions. For over 100 years, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has provided free, reliable, research-b…

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Silver Shoals Baptist Church will hold a special singing on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. Special singers will be the band Georgia. Come out and worship with us. Everyone is invited. A love offering will be taken up during the singing.

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Every year the University of Georgia sponsors a series of seminars around the state to get an outlook on agriculture markets in the forthcoming year. This year, Jaemor Farms in Alto will host the event for Northeast Georgia on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Quandra Burns of Commerce was the first-ever female finalist in the “Roadeo Challenge” truck driver competition for Auto Zone held in Memphis, Tenn. The group of drivers in the competition represented the top three percent of the drivers.

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Alicia Andrews and Tina Garrett led the efforts to organize the 1920s-themed Banks County Chamber of Commerce CVB Annual Dinner, held Jan. 12 at Grant Hill Farm.

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The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council and Heart and Soul Open Studio will host calligrapher instructor Maria Turk's Flourishing and Hearts Class on Saturday, Jan. 11. The program will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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This week remember to pray for our president and the leader of our country but most of all the men and women serving our country. God Bless America.

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Maysville Rotarian Scott Bell digs a hole and sets the post for the Little Free Library that will be housed at Maysville Elementary School. "We are blessed to be a part of this wonderful project,” leaders state. "Keep sending in those books so that the Rotarians can rotate books in and out.”

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Karen Hutchinson won the Friends of the Nicholson Public Library, Booklover's Basket. The basket included a handmade Dr. Seuss throw and book buddy pillow, an original painting by local artist Chris Embrick, a variety of children's and adult books, a T-shirt, and other goodies.

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The Commerce Public Library will ring in the Lunar New Year with the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company. This educational, yet entertaining, lecture-demonstration is a visual feast of colorful ribbons, fans, handkerchiefs, drums and more. It features live, costumed Chinese dance performances inte…

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The Banks County Sheriff’s Office recently held it’s annual Shop With A Hero program. Students shopped for clothes and toys with deputies and other public service employees. The volunteers shopped at Walmart at Banks Crossing with the children. Breakfast was also provided. In addition to the…

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Congratulations to Westly and Amy Griffin on the birth of their son, Houston West Griffin. He was born on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 1:13 a.m. at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He was the first baby to be born on Christmas Day. He weighed seven pounds and five ounces and was 20 ½ inches long.…

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Andrea Peace and Jordan Thomas of Little Rock, Arkansas, announce the birth of a son, Luke Henry Thomas, born Wednesday, Dec. 18. He weighed six pounds and eight ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His proud grandparents are Kevin and Melanie Weatherby of Maysville, Robin and April Thomas of Ca…

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Mr. and Mrs. Bret Haggard announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah BreeAnne, to Joseph David Sanders of Commerce. Mr. Sanders is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Sanders of Commerce.

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Christmas will be a lot brighter for four Department of Family and Children Services families thanks to the Banks County Democratic Committee. Cary and Debbie Paulk (on left) thoroughly enjoyed playing the role of Santa’s helpers by delivering all the clothing and toys donated by Banks Democ…

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Congratulation to Bucky and Hannah Garrison on the birth of their son Branson Rhett Garrison. He was born Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 8:06 a.m. at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton Campus. He weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 ½ inches long. He joins his proud big brother Remingt…

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Edward and Brook Kimbrell announce the birth of their son, Brody Deacon Kimbrell, born on Oct. 6, 2019, at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens.

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The Rotary Club of Madison County aims to give local youth a new option for summer fun: a splash pad at the recreation department. The club is planning to raise private funds for a 70’ by 30’ concrete pad near the batting cages and track at the Sammy Haggard Park off Hwy. 98 in Danielsville.…

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The Rotary Club of Madison County and its volunteer crew constructed a handicap ramp last week for United States Army veteran Wayne McElroy, a native of Madison County. He served for three years, including two assignments in Vietnam lasting over two years. He was injured and received the Pur…