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The North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF) awarded $135,000 in emergency grants to 12 nonprofits across North Georgia, who are helping those directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In mid-March, NGCF recognized the serious impact that this crisis would have on our community and create…

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AgGeorgia Farm Credit has announced that dividends totaling $13.9 million have been declared by its board of directors, with receipt by members anticipated the first week of April, with over $1.8 million of this total going to residents in Banks and the bordering counties.

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Eligible residents may apply for cooling assistance through the Division of Family and Children Service’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program beginning April 1.

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The April 2 meeting of the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library has been cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled.

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A recent adult craft time was held at the Banks County Public Library with ladies making festive holiday wreaths. The craft time was held before the library was closed due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. As a caution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), Banks …

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This spring marks 35 years that I have been in the newspaper business. It’s really been longer than that if you count the years that I was on the high school newspaper staff or the years I roamed the neighborhood collecting the community news to put in the family newsletter that I wrote, typ…

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Madelyn Lytle has always had a heart for service. So when she learned of the shortage of face masks due to the COVID-19 outbreak, she decided to help.

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The Georgia Department of Driver Services has suspended all road testing, non-commercial and commercial, until further notice. Additionally, some DDS Customer Service Centers have closed due to workforce shortages. Some licensing needs can be handled online at www.dds.georgia.gov or on the m…

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Isabelle Lowrie, president of the local Sukey Hart chapter of Children of the American Revolution Society, was elected to the GSSCAR State Board at the 81st annual State Conference, held on March 7 in Columbus. Lowrie will serve for one year as the state registrar for the Georgia State Child…

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Winder-Barrow Community Theatre recently presented a check for over $600 to New Path 1010. The donation is part of WBCT’s continuing program of giving a portion of the proceeds from each play to a local non-profit group. New Path 1010 is a non-profit group that “exists to be a bridge to a br…

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James Otis and Kayla Dodd Rylee announce the birth of their daughter, Bonnie Ruth Rylee, on March 16, 2020, at 8:02 a.m. at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton. She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long.

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The Relay For Life Event Team Leadership and Captain's meeting was recently held at Jackson EMC. Work on final preparations were discussed. The event was to be held May 1, at the Jackson County Courthouse, but because of the coronavirus outbreak it has been postponed and will be held at a la…

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Dennis and Russ Moon of Colbert were recently honored among the nation’s highest-producing soybean farmers of their region in the 2019 Asgrow National Yield Contest. Dennis and Russ Moon (pictured center and right) won the award with a yield of 81 bushels per acre with Asgrow AG43X7 Brand. “…

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Joel Logan, GIS Manager with Jackson County government, spoke to the Jefferson Garden Club at their February meeting regarding the 2020 Census and how it affects residents of Jackson County. This is an important topic which impacts all residents in the county, Logan said.

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Local Chapter 1344 Woodmen Life members recently shopped for and purchased book bags that they presented to students at East Jackson Comprehensive High School, located on Hoods Mill Road, Commerce.

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The Maysville Public Library recently held an adults Spanish speaking class led by teacher, Esther Smith. The class met weekly for almost one year and started with the basics and progressed over the time period until they were approaching conversational Spanish. In this time, they mastered s…

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The Ninth District Opportunity, Inc., offers cooling help for the elderly and medically homebound in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

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These men and women were elected to serve on the Georgia Angus Association board of directors and are pictured at the 2020 Georgia Angus Association Annual Meeting and Banquet, March 7 in Talmo. Pictured seated from left are Smitty Lamb, Tifton, director; Cole Elrod, Talmo, vice president; T…

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The Commerce Fire Department recently received a donation from Fine Fabrics in Commerce. The donation was used to purchase new rechargeable LED flashlights. The new flashlights are designed to burn brighter and run longer making them an essential piece of equipment for firefighting operation…

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Ever wonder what children around the world do for fun? Find out this month as the Harold S. Swindle Public Library in Nicholson presents its Children’s World Culture Fair on Tuesday, March 24. Children will play games, make a craft and enjoy activities based on other cultures. This free prog…

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Addie J. Sims announces the marriage of her daughter, Felesha A. Sims to the Rev. Charlie Josey Jr., Belle Glade, Fla., son of the late Charlie Josey Sr. and Willie L. Josey, Belle Glade, Fla.

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Winder-Barrow Community Theatre recently received a check for $500 from Hill's Ace Hardware, which has been a sponsor for the theatre group for several years. Alex Hill, right, and a group of employees presented the check to Tery Overbey, left, who is the president of Winder-Barrow Community…

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Cub Scout Pack 235 along with Scouts BSA Troops 235 and 5235, both of whom are chartered by the Church at War Hill South Campus, recently buried a time capsule in recognition of BSA's 110th anniversary. They will reunite in 10 years to open the time capsule, which includes questionnaires abo…

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Will and Amanda Gretsch of Colbert announce the Feb. 3, 2020 birth of a son, Frederick William Gretsch IV, at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. He weighed 7 lbs. 11 ounces. Grandparents are Fred and Anne Gretsch of Lexington and Patricia Bird of Carlton. Great-grandparents are Fred Gr…