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Barrow BOC approves 5 percent employee raise in budget

Barrow BOC approves 5 percent employee raise in budget

Barrow County Commissioners approved a budget with a 5 percent raise for full-time employees.

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Barrow leaders eye current budget's effect on future

Barrow leaders eye current budget's effect on future

A new Barrow County budget will be approved Tuesday, but some county leaders are looking ahead to how it could impact the 2016 budget.

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Barrow BOC votes to roll back millage rate

Barrow BOC votes to roll back millage rate

Barrow County Commissioners voted Tuesday to rollback the property tax rate, while there still remains doubt on the amount of pay raises employees will receive and how that will be doled out.

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Numerous financial decisions ahead for Barrow commissioners

Numerous financial decisions ahead for Barrow commissioners

The upcoming financial forecast for Barrow County will involve county officials making decisions on the property tax rate, pay raises and privatization.

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Barrow BOC could approve employee raises

Barrow BOC could approve employee raises

Barrow officials could approve a cost of living raise for county employees in their new budget.

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Cities

Auburn announces groundbreaking ceremony for 64-unit senior apartment complex

Auburn announces groundbreaking ceremony for 64-unit senior apartment complex

A groundbreaking ceremony for a senior apartment complex in Auburn has been set for November.

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Statham police training, shifted attention leads to dramatic increase in DUI stops

Statham police training, shifted attention leads to dramatic increase in DUI stops

The Statham Police Department has seen an increase of over 400 percent in DUIs this year compared to the same time last year.

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Statham looks to Sunflower Festival

Statham looks to Sunflower Festival

Statham has officially sold out of vendor spots for its upcoming Sunflower Festival this weekend.

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Statham finds more money for budget

Statham finds more money for budget

The City of Statham now has over $42,000 more in its budget for this year than anticipated.

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Bethlehem looks at possibly adding sewer system in future

The mayor of Bethlehem says he’s hopeful they’ll be able to get a sewer system in their town.

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Education

Barrow School System unveils new digital coaches

Barrow School System unveils new digital coaches

The Barrow County School Board recently approved the creation of digital coaches in each school to assist teachers and students with new technology, especially related to the Bring Your Own Technology Program, and to serve as the school website webmasters.

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Barrow school system looking at possibility of adding more life-saving AEDs

Barrow school system looking at possibility of adding more life-saving AEDs

After a third use of a school’s automated external defibrillator to help save the life of someone in cardiac arrest, the Barrow County School System is eyeing the possibility of including money in an upcoming budget to make sure that all school buildings are equipped with one, according to Assistant Superintendent Ken Greene.

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Barrow BOE vice chairman Churchill to resign

Barrow BOE vice chairman Churchill to resign

The Barrow County School Board needs to fill a chair.

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Students, staff rush to help AHS teacher during heart attack

Students, staff rush to help AHS teacher during heart attack

A quick response by students, teachers and clinic workers prevented a much worse outcome for Apalachee High Band Director Matt Fuller after he suffered a heart attack in class and collapsed, according to Principal Glenn Wilson.

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Barrow schools honored for their progress

Barrow schools honored for their progress

For the second year in a row, Apalachee High was named one of the state’s high progress schools according to a recent Department of Education press release.

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Regional development group looks to change name to better fit goals

A regional authority focusing on development along Ga.316 is looking at changing its name.

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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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Public Safety & Crime

Longtime Barrow fire lieutenant retires

Longtime Barrow fire lieutenant retires

A fire at his home when he was in elementary school sparked a desire in a young boys heart. That desire was to become a firefighter.

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Dog shot with arrow at home in Hoschton

Dog shot with arrow at home in Hoschton

A dog was shot with an arrow last week at a Barrow County residence.

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Auburn parents sentenced after pleading guilty to severely injuring child

Auburn parents sentenced after pleading guilty to severely injuring child

An Auburn couple has pleaded guilty to charges related to severely injuring their infant son.

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Barrow authorities make another large drug bust

Barrow authorities make another large drug bust

Local authorities have made another large drug seizure after being tipped off about a suspicious package.

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Barrow honors emergency responders who saved lives

Barrow honors emergency responders who saved lives

Ten people without pulses were resuscitated due to the actions of 32 Barrow emergency first responders this year.

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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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