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Colbert City Attorney Dale Perry is pictured swearing in new council member Jonathan Pou, council member Roger Fortson and Mayor Chris Peck for their four-year terms Jan. 6.

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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 Lula City Council is moving forward with plans for a new well. During a meeting held Jan. 13, city manager Dennis Bergin said plans to convert an existing well located along 365 on the Ace Hardware property for commercial use is slated to go out for bids by the end of this month.

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Mark Savage has announced his decision to seek re-election for the office of the Banks County Coroner. Mark has lived in Maysville his entire life and in Banks County for the last 31 years.

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The City of Baldwin mayor, council and staff, on Jan. 13, honored council member Jeff Parrish (L) for his 10 years of service to the city. He was presented with a certificate and cake in recognition of his service as a council member. Mayor Joe Elam (R) and the council thanked Parrish for hi…

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Mount Vernon Mills, Alto, has announced plans to close in the next 60 days. The plant has 65 employees who live in Banks County.

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Baldwin City Council member Theron Ayers (L) is sworn in for another term by city attorney David Syfan (R) at the start of the Jan. 7 meeting. Mayor Joe Elam and Jeff Parrish are both shown in the background.

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Baldwin City Attorney David Syfan (R) is shown swearing in council member Larry Lewallen for another term at the start of the Jan. 7 council meeting. Newly-elected council member Stephanie Almagno, council members Alice Venter and Theron Ayers, mayor Joe Elam and council member Jeff Parrish …

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At the beginning of the Jan. 7 meeting of the City of Baldwin council, city attorney David Syfan (R) performed the swearing in of new council member Stephanie Almagno (L). Shown in the background are council members Alice Venter and Theron Ayers and mayor Joe Elam. Also present were council …

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Barrow County is taking steps toward having a state court that will handle misdemeanor and traffic cases, a move designed to decrease the caseload burden on other courts.

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The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration by the Madison County Pastor’s and Layman’s Fellowship will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Hwy. 29 North at noon, Monday, Jan. 20.

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Danielsville officials approved a significant hike in water and sewer rates Monday, citing the need to boost rates to qualify for grant funding.

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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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A new year is always a time of reflection. A time to look back on the past year and think about what you have accomplished. A time to look ahead to the new year and think about what you want to accomplish.

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The Madison County Clean Power Coalition (MCCPC) has scheduled meetings for Thursday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Madison County Library, Danielsville. Regular meetings will be held the third Thursday of each month, with future locations to be announced.

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The Banks County School System held staff training before students returned from the holiday break.

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Alto Police Department was awarded the 2020 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, Banks County E911 and Local Emergency Services work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families Bank…

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Water users in Homer may see higher rates this spring, but they also are likely to get a chance to ask questions and make comments at a public hearing about the rates.

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Banks County’s Jacob Voyles (106 pounds) competes vs. Jackson County during the Doug Eberhardt Memorial Duals at Oglethorpe County on Jan. 4. The Banks County wrestling team competes at the Area 6-AA duals this Saturday (Jan. 11) at Monticello.

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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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The new-look Winder City Council held its first meeting together Monday, Jan. 6. Prior to the council work session, from top left, clockwise, new council members Holly Sheats and Kobi Kilgore were sworn in while Ward 4 councilman Travis Singley and Mayor David Maynard were sworn in for the s…

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Bruce Azevedo from Madison County has announced that he will qualify to campaign for Georgia House District 33, which is currently held by Rep Tom McCall, who has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2020.