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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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BOC to look at making budget cuts in order to increase salaries

BOC to look at making budget cuts in order to increase salaries

Barrow County commissioners are asking the county manager to look at an additional $500,000 in cuts to the 2015 budget that could help fund employee raises.

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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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Cities

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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Winder woman objects to new Rose Hill Cemetery markers at city council meeting

Winder woman objects to new Rose Hill Cemetery markers at city council meeting

Winder resident Charisse Lackey, with several supporters present, objected to the new section markers at Rose Hill Cemetery at Monday night’s council work session.

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Former officer files lawsuit against Auburn, claims racial discrimination

Former officer files lawsuit against Auburn, claims racial discrimination

A former Auburn police officer has filed a lawsuit claiming racial discrimination played a role in his firing in 2012.

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Education

Barrow BOE to hold 3 hearings prior to millage rate vote

Barrow BOE to hold 3 hearings prior to millage rate vote

The Barrow County School System will hold three public hearings before having the opportunity to approve the millage rate for the fiscal year 2015 budget.

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New tax assessor: County has done all it can to fix school exemption error

New tax assessor: County has done all it can to fix school exemption error

The Barrow County School System will be getting nearly $2 million more in revenue this year thanks to the recent discovery of an old error, but correcting the error for the current year and for the future is as much as the county can do, according to new tax assessor Don Elrod.

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Barrow BOE approves tentative millage rate, honors employees

The Barrow County School Board on Tuesday night tentatively approved maintaining an 18.5 millage rate for the fiscal year 2015 budget.

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Sims Academy holds official ribbon-cutting ceremony

Sims Academy holds official ribbon-cutting ceremony

The school has been open for students since Aug. 1 and for faculty and staff prior to that, but Wednesday morning the Barrow County School System’s new career academy was officially opened by local, state and international officials as well as much of the community.

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BOE honors school district's top teachers

BOE honors school district's top teachers

The Barrow County Board of Education honored its Teachers of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year both before and during the Tuesday night board meeting.

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Other Local



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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Public Safety & Crime

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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Barrow family displaced after lightning strike on Labor Day

A Barrow family was displaced after lighting struck their home on Labor Day.

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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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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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