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Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) saw a surge in COVID-19 cases over the holiday weekend with 181 confirmed cases admitted on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at its hospitals and long-term care facilities combined. The numbers of those needing testing and care are expected to continue rising in the co…

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Barrow County’s population has increased by more than 15,000 people over the last decade, and more people are expected to move to the county in the coming years, as the sprawl from Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta continues and more than 2,400 planned dwellings are currently either under co…

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Improvements and maintenance along Pleasant Hill Church Road in Winder, remediation of several dirt roads around Barrow County and additional paving at Victor Lord Park will be paid for through more than $1.8 million in federal coronavirus relief money that was allocated to the county.

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Mark Valentine received his Foundation Banners for serving as president of the Banks County Rotary Club. He is shown with past District Governor and District Foundation Chair Bruce Azevedo, who was the guest speaker at a recent meeting. He discussed how the Rotary Foundation is a 4 Star rate…

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Even as the fallout from the Nov. 3 presidential election in Georgia continues to swirl, local election officials are gearing up for a high-profile runoff election slated for Jan. 5.

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Mark Savage has been named president of the Georgia Coroners Association for the 2020-2021 year. He was also voted as the Georgia Coroner Association’s Coroner of The Year for 2020. Savage is shown with Governor Brian Kemp, who spoke at the Georgia Coroners Association meeting where Savage w…

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The Banks County Board of Health will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, December 8, at 9 a.m. in the conference room of the Banks County Health Department, 667 Thompson Street, Homer.

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The City of Statham has settled a federal lawsuit over pay with former police officer John Wood who lives in Jackson County and was a candidate for sheriff earlier in 2020.

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A house fire around 8  a.m. on Nov. 23 appeared to have destroyed a home on Washington Street in Jefferson. The state fire marshal’s office later ruled the fire as arson and is offering a $10,000 reward according to Jefferson Fire Chief Mark Duke. The house is located across from the Bell’s …

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A ribbon cutting ceremony for Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins was held on Nov. 20 at Banks Crossing by the Banks County Chamber of Commerce CVB. The new business is located at 115 Banks Crossing Drive. Chamber members, business leaders and representatives of Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robbi…

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The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes from Wed., Nov. 25, at 6 a.m. to Monday, Nov. 30, at 5 a.m. The statewide lane restrictions aim to help to reduce traffic congestion during the Th…

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The Barrow County Board of Education is expected to approve next month a pair of construction managers at-risk for several school building projects, including the eventual second phase of Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy and a future elementary school next to BASA on the school system’s Aust…

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Former Madison County Commission Chairman Bill Madden was known for getting roads paved locally. Now he has a road named after him. Hwy. 72 from Hwy. 98 in Comer to the Elbert County line is now the “Bill Madden Parkway.”