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Barrow officials ask BOC for employee pay raises

Barrow officials ask BOC for employee pay raises

Several county officials and department heads spoke out Tuesday about the need to see their employees get better pay.

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Barrow commissioners approve fire tax rollback

Barrow commissioners approve fire tax rollback

Winder residents will likely see a change in their taxes as Barrow County Commissioners approved a rollback fire tax Tuesday.

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Salary increases hinge on outcome of budget debates

Salary increases hinge on outcome of budget debates

A pay raise for Barrow County employees was a point of debate last week as Barrow officials iron out details for a new budget.

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County faces budget crunch

County faces budget crunch

Barrow County officials are dealing with low pay that’s handcuffing some departments from keeping employees while also not being able to fill some vacant positions.

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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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Cities

A potential raise for a city employee disputed ahead of Auburn budget vote

A potential raise for a city employee disputed ahead of Auburn budget vote

A potential raise for an employee will be a point of contention for Auburn city leaders as they plan to vote on a budget Thursday.

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DDA looks to schedule dual concerts for October

DDA looks to schedule dual concerts for October

Two of three concerts of the Downtown Winder LIVE! Music Series this summer were postponed due to weather conditions, and now the Downtown Development Authority is looking to reschedule both music groups to return to Winder on the same date.

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Pavilion space cleared

Pavilion space cleared

As of last week, the downtown Winder pavilion is officially gone. Utilities Director Roger Wilhelm said the grassing of the empty lot was finished Thursday afternoon, and there were a few hours of final cleanup and rolling new grass last Friday morning.

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Statham renames park after mayor

Statham renames park after mayor

The Statham City Council had a surprise up their sleeves for Mayor Robert Bridges on Tuesday night.

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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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Education

Former WBHS JROTC leader cleared after appealing 2013 investigation

Former WBHS JROTC leader cleared after appealing 2013 investigation

Winder-Barrow High’s former JROTC program head has been cleared to return to instructing.

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Longtime Barrow principal retires

Longtime Barrow principal retires

The Barrow County School District isn’t done hiring administrators or other staff for the just-begun school year.

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A sign of the times: "Bring your own technology"

A sign of the times: "Bring your own technology"

For those who went to school in the not too distant past, where a drawer in the teacher's desk usually served as a repository for any cell phones confiscated from students trying to sneak a peak at a text or missed call, a trip to one of many Barrow County School System classes may cause a double-take.

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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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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

BCSO, GBI investigate employees for excessive force, lying

BCSO, GBI investigate employees for excessive force, lying

Four Barrow County Sheriff’s Office employees have left the agency after being accused of using excessive force, lying in reports and having an affair with a former inmate.

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Large mulch fire in Barrow continues to burn

A large mulch fire that has continued to burn for more than a week could still be releasing smoke over the Labor Day weekend, according to officials with the Barrow County Emergency Services.

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BCSO makes historic drug bust

BCSO makes historic drug bust

Barrow County authorities made the largest drug seizure in the county’s history after more than $2.2 million of opium were found at an Auburn home.

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BRMC patients affected by data breach

A number of Barrow Regional Medical Center patients are among those affected by a massive data breach of Community Health Systems by alleged international hackers.

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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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Business

Winder radio station to broadcast HS football

Winder radio station to broadcast HS football

High school football is back, and this season, so are local football broadcasts.

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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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