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Barrow Board of Commissioners approves more money for Sheriff's Office fleet maintenance

Faced with a deficit in its fleet maintenance fund, the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office got some help from the county Board of Commissioners on ...

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Barrow County awarded $1 million state grant for West Winder Bypass

Barrow County has received a $1.08 million grant from the state of Georgia for the West Winder Bypass, officials announced this week.

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Barrow commissioners talk priorities for next fiscal year

Barrow commissioners talk priorities for next fiscal year

More funding for road improvements and maintenance, assessing staffing levels, efficiency and pay and keeping operating expenses down were some of the top priorities for ...

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Barrow County considering slight wastewater utility rate increase

Editor's note: The print version of this story reported the potential start date of the new rates as July 1, citing the presentation given ...

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New Barrow County manager talks goals

New Barrow County manager talks goals

The chance to return to Georgia signified a homecoming of sorts for new Barrow County manager Mike Renshaw. 

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Cities



Statham City Council approves budget

After a handful of discussions over a three-month period, Statham City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to the city’s budget for next fiscal ...

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The mayor’s dog: Auburn’s newest friend helps spread cheer at City Hall

The mayor’s dog: Auburn’s newest friend helps spread cheer at City Hall

Lila works hard for the city of Auburn. 

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Auburn mulls speed limit changes to Carter Road

After the installation of speed tables on Carter Road in Auburn was approved by City Council last month, police chief Carl Moulder asked council Thursday ...

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Bethlehem council votes to demolish dilapidated structures on Joseph Street

Bethlehem council votes to demolish dilapidated structures on Joseph Street

The safety and well-being of the residents of the “The Little Town under the Star” was never more evident than it was at Monday night ...

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City of Winder, ESG honored for excellence in water operations

City of Winder, ESG honored for excellence in water operations

ESG Operations manager Jamie West gave his final presentation for the company at Winder City Council’s meeting Tuesday evening. 

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Education



Barrow school board gives final approval to FY17 budget

The Barrow County School System’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget was unanimously passed by the Board of Education on Tuesday. 

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Report: Former Bramlett Elementary teacher admitted to taking $10K from PTO

A former Bramlett Elementary School teacher and treasurer of the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization resigned in October amid allegations of theft.

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81 Barrow residents among Lanier Tech graduates

81 Barrow residents among Lanier Tech graduates

Lanier Technical College held its 2016 commencement Friday night at Free Chapel in Gainesville, awarding 235 degrees, 394 diplomas and 631 certificates to residents from ...

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Lanier Tech marks 50th anniversary

CUMMING — Lanier Technical College hosts its share of banquets and events for groups throughout the community at the Forsyth Conference Center, but on Thursday night ...

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Barrow Board of Education passes second part of 2017 budget

The Fiscal Year 2017 tentative budget, all other funds, was approved unanimously by the Barrow County Board of Education on Tuesday.

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Other Local



Independence Day roundup: Events, advisories

Here’s a rundown of various Independence Day events and advisories in the area.

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Local youth participate in annual conference

Local youth participate in annual conference

It may be summer, but the learning hasn’t stopped since school ended. 

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Local Masonic lodges award scholarships

Local Masonic lodges award scholarships

Auburn Masonic Lodge No. 230 hosted the annual Scholarship Night on June 11. 

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Barrow Regional, CERT run emergency drills

Barrow Regional, CERT run emergency drills

This month, Barrow Regional Medical Center, along with area public safety and emergency services from Region E (east Georgia) participated in a mock disaster drill ...

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Jug Tavern Festival to feature new event

The 2016 Jug Tavern Festival will feature the annual event’s first-ever Bed Race, festival officials announced. 

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Public Safety & Crime

Auburn home destroyed by fire; no one hurt

Auburn home destroyed by fire; no one hurt

An Auburn home that was being renovated was destroyed by fire early Monday morning, according to Barrow County Emergency Services.

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UPDATE: Adult charged in drowning of 2-year-old at Fort Yargo

UPDATE: Adult charged in drowning of 2-year-old at Fort Yargo

A relative of a 2-year-old male who drowned Saturday afternoon at Fort Yargo state park has been criminally charged after leaving the child unattended, according ...

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No injuries in Hoschton mobile home fire

A mobile home fire in Hoschton on Friday afternoon did not result in any injuries, according to Barrow County Emergency Services.

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Person rescued from burning Auburn trailer

A person was rescued Thursday morning by Barrow County Emergency Services after a trailer fire in Auburn.

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UPDATE: Pennsylvania man committed robbery in south Georgia before arrest in Barrow

A Pennsylvania man who was awaiting extradition from Barrow County back to his home state is now in the Wayne County Jail in Jesup, Ga.

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Business



Barrow chamber receives national award for marketing video

The Barrow County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Economic and Community Development Department of Barrow County, has received the 2016 Award for Communication ...

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UPDATE: Amazon to open new facility in Braselton, employ more than 500 people

Amazon.com announced on Wednesday plans for a new fulfillment center in the Jackson County portion of Braselton.

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Barrow Regional Medical Center earns lung cancer screen designation

Barrow Regional Medical Center earns lung cancer screen designation

Barrow Regional Medical Center has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR), officials announced this week. 

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508-acre waterfront development near Braselton gets planners’ OK

A proposed 508-acre waterfront development in South Hall near the Jackson County line got the Hall County Planning Commission’s approval Monday night.

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Barrow Regional Medical Center plans to add doctors, upgrade facilities

The addition of several new doctors and upgrades and expansion of some of its facilities are among the list of Barrow Regional Medical Center’s ...

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Letters



Letter to the Editor: The loan ran out

I can’t say I lost a friend, as some have said. Myron J. Skinner, Sr., will forever be my friend.

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News Columnists



TERRELL: Where it stops, nobody knows

We baby boomers remember the 50s. It was our time!

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TERRELL: Stories to watch at all levels of politics

While the national political scene is certainly interesting, so, too, is the local Barrow County scene.

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SWORDS: A rally, a protest and a Trump

I believe it was the Rolling Stones blasting through the speakers before Donald J. Trump finally arrived on stage after being introduced at his Atlanta ...

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