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Barrow BOC looks at new security system

Barrow BOC looks at new security system

A new security system may be purchased for the courthouse and detention center to help eliminate safety issues.

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BOC could still bring up privatization in the future on individual dept. level

BOC could still bring up privatization in the future on individual dept. level

The chance of widespread privatization in the short-term for Barrow County employees was nixed last week, but county officials may examine departments individually to see if they should be contracted out.

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Barrow BOC turns down privatization bid

Barrow BOC turns down privatization bid

 

The Barrow County Board of Commissioners narrowly voted against a proposal to outsource multiple departments while those in favor of the outsourcing expressed concerns about the county’s financial future.

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Barrow releases more details on privatization contract to be voted on Tuesday

 

The Barrow County Board of Commissioners will vote 7 p.m. Tuesday on contracting out multiple departments to CH2M Hill. As of Monday afternoon only a draft of the contract had been finalized. Here are some of the details with the proposal.  

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BOC to decide Tue. on privatizing services

BOC to decide Tue. on privatizing services

The yearlong debate on mass privatization in Barrow County will come to a culmination Tuesday.

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Cities

Auburn looks into new system to keep track of employee time at work

Auburn looks into new system to keep track of employee time at work

The city of Auburn may soon have a new system in place to keep track of when employees are at work and how to track leave time.

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Area mayors choose to honor one who makes an impact in their city

Area mayors choose to honor one who makes an impact in their city

A woman described as the "mother of Statham" was among six people recognized last week for their impact in the community.

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Winder votes to raise occupation tax

Winder votes to raise occupation tax

 

For the first time in several years, Winder businesses are going to be paying the City more in regulatory fees and occupation taxes starting next month.

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Auburn police dept. to hire new officers

Auburn police dept. to hire new officers

The Auburn Police Department will hire temporary officers to provide extra shift coverage.

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Winder temporarily closes gym with no license

Winder temporarily closes gym with no license

Pump ‘N Iron Gym, located at 50 West May St., has closed its doors temporarily after running its business for over a year with no license, and at least one former member is unhappy to have been charged money by an illegitimate establishment—even after its doors were closed.

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Education

Two Barrow high school principals vacate positions

Two Barrow high school principals vacate positions

The Barrow County School Systems will be looking for two new high school principals in January.

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Winder-Barrow High leaves list of struggling schools

Winder-Barrow High is no longer classified as a Focus School, a designation that loomed over the school the last three years and, according to Principal Al Darby, spurred teachers and staff into action.

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Barrow scores fall, along with state average, on statewide report card

Barrow scores fall, along with state average, on statewide report card

Following a statewide trend, the Barrow County School System saw its overall score dip for the previous school year’s College and Career Ready Performance Index, the recently-created state-wide report card system for schools and districts, when the state released scores Tuesday.

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New-look BOE to vote in Jan. on salary consultant, calendar, more

New-look BOE to vote in Jan. on salary consultant, calendar, more

The Barrow County School Board will vote in January on whether to move forward with hiring a consultant to put together new procedures and guidelines for a salary structure.

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Bear Creek TOTY Sheffield challenges students

Bear Creek TOTY Sheffield challenges students

Most people prefer to avoid long commutes for their jobs, but for Bear Creek Middle School Teacher of the Year Susan Sheffield, the twice-daily drive between her residence in Atlanta and the school in Statham is worth it for the kinds of kids she finds at BCMS.

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Other Local



Today is the last day for affordable health care act enrollment for 2015

As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens were required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. In 2015, there is a penalty if you’re not excluded for a particular reason. Barrow Regional Medical Center has provided a set of FAQs and contact information for assistance.

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Aliens to invade Barrow airport, in movie

A portion of a Sony Pictures movie about an alien invasion will be filmed at the Barrow County Airport.

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DNR announces start of new master plan for Fort Yargo

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced Friday the start of creating a new long-term vision for Fort Yargo State Park.

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Hice sweeps to 10th district U.S. Congressional victory

Hice sweeps to 10th district U.S. Congressional victory

Jody Hice will be the next congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 10th district of Georgia.

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Perdue wins senate, Deal gets second term

Perdue wins senate, Deal gets second term

Gov. Nathan Deal and David Perdue were projected to win their seats Tuesday evening, according to multiple news outlets.

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Public Safety & Crime



Overturned tractor trailer halts traffic on I 85

Barrow County Emergency Services is advising citizens to avoid the area of Interstate 85 southbound at Highway 211 due to a motor vehicle collision.  "A tractor trailer has overturned with entrapment and another vehicle involved," stated Lieutenant Scott Dakin. "Interstate 85 southbound has been closed down and will remain closed for several hours. Northbound lanes are congested in the area."

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Memorial fund established for Statham girl who died in wreck

Memorial fund established for Statham girl who died in wreck

A memorial fund has been established for a 6-year-old Statham girl who will be laid to rest this weekend after dying in a car wreck.

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Statham 6-year-old dies in Barrow crash

A 6-year-old girl who attended Statham Elementary was killed on Wednesday in a crash near Highway 11 and Ga. 316, according to authorities.

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Locals released from jail early due to court ruling

Locals released from jail early due to court ruling

A recent Georgia Supreme Court ruling has led to early release dates for some people in the Barrow County Detention Center.

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Statham man arrested after shooting, standoff in Winder

Statham man arrested after shooting, standoff in Winder

Six arrests were made Sunday following a felony traffic stop that resulted in a one-hour standoff at the intersection of May and Athens Streets.

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Business



DDA to focus less on festivals, more on business development

After a rather different year for the Winder Downtown Development Authority in 2014, Chairman Chris Maddox said at Tuesday’s meeting that he hopes for a better 2015.

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Gwinnett Chamber CEO: Region's future hinges on attracting new leaders

Gwinnett Chamber CEO: Region's future hinges on attracting new leaders

The head of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce discussed the elements needed for Barrow County and the rest of the metro Atlanta region to thrive during a meeting in Winder last week.

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Barrow, Jackson Form Symbiotic Circle to Drive Tourism in Northeast Georgia

The word tourism is often associated with a trip to a theme park, a getaway to an exotic land, or a day spent soaking in the rays on some idyllic beach. In Northeast Georgia, however, tourism means something a little different. Barrow County, in particular, generates a lot of its annual revenue from tourists coming into the area to golf, camp, and otherwise enjoy the many activities the region has to offer those who’d rather spend their time outside than plunked in front of a TV set.

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