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Barrow unveils FY15 budget with no property tax increase

Barrow unveils FY15 budget with no property tax increase

Barrow County Commissioners were presented a proposed 2015 budget Tuesday that does not include a property tax increase.

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Radio system to take at least 1 year to fix

Radio system to take at least 1 year to fix

A countywide radio system plagued by problems will take at least a year to fix.

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Timeline for possible Barrow County privatization delayed

Timeline for possible Barrow County privatization delayed

Any new privatization that takes place in Barrow County likely won’t go into effect until January.

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Barrow airport authority still questioning stormwater fees

The Barrow County Airport Authority and the county government remain at odds over the issue of stormwater fees.

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County officials: Radio system poses threat to law enforcement

County officials: Radio system poses threat to law enforcement

While county leaders shore up problems with the radio system, public safety officials say their employees continue to be in danger because of lost signals.

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Cities

DDA survey responses shine light on what residents want to see in downtown Winder

DDA survey responses shine light on what residents want to see in downtown Winder

More than 300 people responded to a survey released last week on the Winder Downtown Development Authority Facebook page.

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Statham to reevaluate costs for road project

Statham to reevaluate costs for road project

Statham is currently short nearly $30,000 for a McCarty Road repaving project and is looking to reevaluate costs for it.

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Auburn aiming to finalize budget details this week

Auburn city officials are aiming to have the final details of the 2015 fiscal year budget finalized this week.

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Auburn senior housing development nears its start date

Groundbreaking on the Autry Pines development in Auburn could take place within the next couple weeks.

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Winder purchases land to improve Broad, Highway 82 intersection

Winder purchases land to improve Broad, Highway 82 intersection

 

The City of Winder approved Tuesday a payment of $450,000 to purchase the property at the corner of East Broad and Broad Streets.

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Education

New CLES principal happy to be back at an elementary school

New CLES principal happy to be back at an elementary school

It wasn’t that long ago that County Line Elementary’s new principal had zero thoughts on ever being a principal or even leaving her hometown county, Jackson.

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Barrow County Schools recognize transportation dept.

Barrow County Schools recognize transportation dept.

The Barrow County School System’s transportation department was on the receiving end of praise at the first regularly scheduled board meeting in the new school year.

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Barrow Head Start begins its 30th year

Barrow Head Start begins its 30th year

The Barrow County Head Start learning program is celebrating its 30th anniversary this school year.

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Sims Academy promises a unique experience

Sims Academy promises a unique experience

The students are associates, the teachers are trainers. There are no bells, and soon a coffee shop – run by associates in the marketing department – will welcome visitors in the front lobby.

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Barrow school leaders agree on adding more time for construction

Barrow school leaders agree on adding more time for construction

Numerous Barrow administrators took the time Tuesday night at the board of education meeting to praise all of the system staff who had done so much to get the new Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology mostly ready for students ahead of Friday’s start of school.

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District extension officials pushing for more agents in region

Barrow County currently lacks an extension agent for its residents’ agriculture and natural resource needs, as it had several years ago, but there may be hope of refilling that position.

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Bioscience authority to move forward

A regional authority is recommitting itself to moving forward.

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Hice wins 10th district Republican runoff, Perdue wins in Senate race

Hice wins 10th district Republican runoff, Perdue wins in Senate race

The battle between Republicans and Democrats for two national races has been set now after wins Tuesday by conservative talk show host Jody Hice and David Perdue.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidates trade jabs

Republican U.S. Senate candidates trade jabs

The next U.S. Senator in Georgia could hinge on next week’s GOP runoff.

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District 10 foes Collins, Hice spar in debate

District 10 foes Collins, Hice spar in debate

U.S. Congressional 10th District GOP candidates are getting their final words in as they prepare for a runoff in their hotly contested race.

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Public Safety & Crime

Winder man wanted in connection with Craigslist car scam

Winder man wanted in connection with Craigslist car scam

A Winder man is being sought in connection with a possible CraigsList scam in which at least three people have put money down on cars the suspect claimed belonged to him.

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1-year-old removed from Winder home after drugs found in his system

A one-year-old has been removed from a Barrow County home after drugs were found in his system.

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Barrow officials warn of scams

Barrow officials warn of scams

 

Scam artists continue to target Barrow County residents with lies about prizes and family members.

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Cause of death changed for Lynn's 1st wife

Cause of death changed for Lynn's 1st wife

The cause of death of the first wife of James Morris Lynn, Jr. has been changed by the Candler County coroner.

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New WPD major brings variety of experiences to unit

New WPD major brings variety of experiences to unit

Thursday was the first day on the job for the Winder Police Department’s new Criminal Investigation Department Commander, Ed DeVelasco.

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Business



Barrow poultry industry could be hurt by Russian ban

A ban on U.S. food imports by Russia could negatively impact the poultry business at a time when the industry was bouncing back.

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State director speaks on importance of a workforce trained in logistics

State director speaks on importance of a workforce trained in logistics

There is a major shortage of people being trained in logistics in an age where technology is changing the world of manufacturing.

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Revamp boutique moves to Broad St.

Revamp boutique moves to Broad St.

Revamp Consignment Boutique will open at 10 a.m. on Friday in its new location at 53 N Broad St. in Winder, next to Evans Jewel Box Ltd.

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Gateway area booms as local demand increases

Gateway area booms as local demand increases

The growth at the Gateway at University Parkway continues with new restaurants, medical offices and a hotel in the works.

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CBT changes name to South State Bank

CBT changes name to South State Bank

Two Barrow bank branches recently changed names.

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