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Audit looks to collect on unreported property

An audit in Barrow County is expected to bring in $1 million in taxes for unreported property.

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Barrow County marks first same-sex marriage

Barrow County marks first same-sex marriage

They’ve waited eight years, so they weren’t about to wait even a moment longer.

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Commission votes to conduct wage study

Barrow County employees will see changes in how their pay is determined.

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Fire tax could have varying effects

The Barrow County Board of Commissioners decision to re-implement the fire tax service district and use insurance premium tax revenue to fund a portion of it leaves some questions about what it means for property owners.

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Fire tax district to return

hange in their property tax rates with the return of a fire tax district.

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Cities

Auburn swears in Riemenschneider as councilman

Auburn swears in Riemenschneider as councilman

Auburn welcomed a new City Council member at its June 18 meeting.

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Statham approves budget, expects jump in revenue

Statham officials approved a $2.8 million budget Tuesday that projects a $75,000 bump in property tax revenue.

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Riemenschneider wins Auburn council special election

Riemenschneider wins Auburn council special election

 

An Auburn City Council candidate was successful in his second bid to earn a seat on the board.

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Auburn set to choose council member

A new Auburn City Council member will be chosen among three candidates Tuesday. 

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Winder’s budget $34.8M

The Winder City Council approved a new $34.8 million budget during Tuesday’s meeting that includes a bump in water rates.

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Education

Family of WBHS student who died asking for financial help

Family of WBHS student who died asking for financial help

A Winder-Barrow High student passed away Monday while in Indiana on vacation, and now the family is asking for help to bring her home and to assist with the burial.

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Barrow Schools likely to see higher tax revenues than budgeted

The Barrow County School System is projected to have around $2.5 million more in revenue than is budgeted for FY16, according to Barrow Chief Tax Appraiser Don Elrod.

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Barrow students graduate from Lanier Tech

Barrow students graduate from Lanier Tech

Barrow County students were well represented at the annual Lanier Technical College commencement ceremony last weekend at Free Chapel in Gainesville, with 115 students from the county contributing to the 1,021 graduates of the technical school system.

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School board approves breakfast plan

All Barrow County Schools System students will have the option of a free breakfast when the new school year begins in August.

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Deal cuts ribbon at new Lanier Tech campus

Deal cuts ribbon at new Lanier Tech campus

Nearly two years after many of the same state and local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking for the Sims Academy and Lanier Technical College campuses on Austin Road, they were joined Monday by Gov. Nathan Deal in a ceremony marking the completion of the new Lanier Tech campus.

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Other Local

Fort Yargo park to be ‘one of a kind’

Fort Yargo park to be ‘one of a kind’

It will take a while, and budgeting will determine what gets done and when, but the park that Fort Yargo’s nearly-completed master plan envisions is “one of a kind,” according to one of the people who helped put the plan together.

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Barrow Regional Medical Center’s ex-parent company settles claim

The former parent company of Barrow Regional Medical Center has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in response to allegations of Medicaid fraud.

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Ft. Yargo touted as one of nation's top parks for camping with kids

 

One of the jewels of Barrow County, Fort Yargo State Park, has been racking up awards and being named to best-of lists as the leaders of the park continue to look at how best to enhance it.

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Lane closure on Second Street

The east bound travel land on Second Street by the Barrow County Rec Department exit heading west to Maynard Street is going to be closed on Friday and Monday for guardrail installation. 

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North Broad Street railroad crossing construction postponed

 The railroad crossing construction in downtown Winder at North Broad Street has been postponed until June 8-10, city officials announced Monday.

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Public Safety & Crime

Man charged with burglary in break-in

Man charged with burglary in break-in

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office obtained arrest warrants on June 12 for Nathan Kyle Germain, 22, of Winder, for his involvement in the break-in of a Dollar General Store located in the Nicholson area.  

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Lawyers: Errors in drug test

Lawyers: Errors in drug test

Kelly Gissendaner is accusing the Georgia Department of Corrections of hiding evidence and claims there were flaws in the testing of a drug that led to the postponement of her execution.

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Winder PD officers beef up  on skills to nab drunken drivers

Winder PD officers beef up on skills to nab drunken drivers

The Winder Police Department is emphasizing its pursuit of drunk drivers.

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Execution drug test reveals no reason for cloudiness

Tests performed on a drug that was to be used in the lethal injection of former Auburn resident Kelly Gissendaner could not determine what led to the precipitation that delayed her execution.

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Congressman Hice attends latest drug court graduation

Congressman Hice attends latest drug court graduation

May is typically the month for graduations, and the graduation ceremony signifies accomplishment. That was certainly true for the four graduates of the Barrow County Specialty Courts on Wednesday evening. A large crowd of supporters made up of family, friends and members of the Specialty Courts team gathered for the 11th graduation ceremony since the first participants started in the program in May of 2010.

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Business



Georgia Power launches solar sales, installations

Georgia Power launched a new service Wednesday that focuses mainly on solar sales and installations.

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Bank branch won’t close in Auburn

Auburn residents won’t have to start traveling out of the city for banking services.

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Top L.A. architect designs new building complex at Barrow's Gateway development

Top L.A. architect designs new building complex at Barrow's Gateway development

Geoffrey von Oeyen is Principal of Geoffrey von Oeyen Design and Principal/Partner of von Oeyen Architects in Los Angeles. He also teaches and coordinates architectural design studios as a faculty member of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture. In 2014, von Oeyen’s design work was awarded the Architectural League Prize from the Architectural League of New York. Prior to founding his own company, von Oeyen was an associate at Gehry Partners, LLP, working with the renowned Frank Gehry for approximately seven years. During that time von Oeyen played key roles in the design of several ...

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