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Paul Sergent, veteran Commerce Board of Education member, was elected chairman of the board Monday night, Jan. 13. Sergent was chairman before for “two or three years.”

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Commerce Board of Education members are sworn in at Thursday's work session, Jan. 9. New chairman, Paul Sergent, is right. BOE member Mary Pittman is left. Probate Judge Sherry Moore performs the ceremony. Both were incumbents. Pittman had no opposition on the ballot and Sergent won by six votes.

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The budget may be one contentious issue in the General Assembly this year, state legislators agreed Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the annual “eggs and issues” event of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Jackson EMC is assisting Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation with power restoration efforts in northeast Georgia, where heavy rain, strong winds and severe thunderstorms on Saturday resulted in widespread power outages for members. Jackson EMC sent 16 linemen Jan. 12 to assis…

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After three unsuccessful votes, Braselton leaders voted Jan. 13 to defer a request for a large residential development near Chateau Elan.

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The Commerce City Council will vote at its Jan. 21 meeting on giving raises to 69 employees as part of a compensation study done last summer and fall.

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Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield have announced an agreement on a new contract that covers the care NGHS provides to Anthem commercial (employer-sponsored) health plan members.

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Maysville officials were sworn in Monday night by Banks County Clerk of Court Tim Harper (far left). Shown with Harper are: (L-R) Mayor Richard Presley and council members Scott Harper and Junior Hardy.

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Junior Hardy was sworn in Monday night (Jan. 6) to serve another term as a member of the city council in Maysville. Banks County Clerk of Courts Tim Harper is shown swearing in Presley.

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Scott Harper was sworn in Monday night (Jan. 6) to serve another term as a member of the city council in Maysville. Banks County Clerk of Courts Tim Harper is shown swearing in S. Harper.

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Richard Presley was sworn in Monday night (Jan. 6) to serve another term as mayor of Maysville. Banks County Clerk of Courts Tim Harper is shown swearing in Presley.

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The Maysville Planning and Zoning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 27, at 7 p.m. at 4 Homer Street to receive public comment on proposed ordinances addressing dilapidated, unsafe and abandoned buildings and the historic district overlay.

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The cost of the new county agricultural facility went up a little more Dec. 16 after the Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved a $715,000 paving contract for the facility's parking lot. The vote was split 3-2 on the issue.

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The fallout from efforts to recall two of its members continues to roil the Hoschton city government and might force the town to petition a judge to allow it to continue to operate.

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The Commerce City Council agree to annex agriculture land into the city and zone it for industrial use, but also delayed issuing a building permit for the property for 90 days.

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Jason Wester was named principal of Jackson County Comprehensive High School when the Jackson County Board of Education met Dec. 9 for its monthly meeting at East Jackson Middle School.

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Carroll Daniel Construction was named as the construction manager at-risk to do Phase 1 of transforming the existing Jackson County Comprehensive High School into a multi-use facility to be known as the Empower College and Career Center. The Jackson County Board of Education chose Carroll Da…

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SK Innovation's $1.6 billion facility being built in Commerce is slated to produce batteries for electric-powered vehicles, specifically for Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Approximately 239,000 Jackson EMC members will receive a check in the mail this month. Both current members and former members will receive their share of a total $12 million in margin refunds in December.