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Barrow SPLOST measure won’t appear on ballot

A referendum to effectively extend the current 1-cent special-purpose local-option tax won’t appear on Barrow County voters’ ballots this fall.

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Barrow Commission chair scolds Winder officials over SPLOST decision

Barrow County and Winder officials found themselves at odds Tuesday night over a proposed 1-cent special-purpose local-option sales tax referendum. 

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Barrow commissioners get first look at proposed budget

A little more than three months ahead of next fiscal year, the Barrow County Board of Commissioners got its first look at the county’s ...

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Barrow County Sheriff's Office could get more funds for fleet maintenance

The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office could be getting more money to help with vehicle maintenance costs, but some county commissioners are not thrilled with ...

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Coordinator: New 911 software paying off

Since the Barrow County Board of Commissioners voted two years ago to upgrade software for the county’s 911 system and the Barrow Sheriff’s ...

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Cities



Auburn council talks police budget

The Auburn Police Department’s budget was the main topic of Tuesday night’s Auburn City Council work session on the city’s proposed budget ...

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Winder council suspends another business license

For the second time this month, Winder City Council has temporarily suspended a business license.

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Auburn approves SPLOST projects, but intergovernmental agreement unlikely

Auburn City Council on Thursday passed its proposed list of projects for a 1-cent special-purpose local-option sales tax referendum that is likely to go before ...

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Auburn council kicks off budget discussions

Auburn City Council held its first meeting on the proposed budget for next fiscal year on Tuesday night. Council will meet again next week ahead ...

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Bethlehem council mulls SPLOST projects

Bethlehem Town Council is in the process of deciding which town projects should be included in a countywide special-purpose local-option sales tax referendum that will ...

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Education



Barrow scores show improvement in year 2 of new student testing

The 2015-16 Milestones End of Grade and End of Course test results were released Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Education, and Barrow County saw ...

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Barrow County School System releases traffic flow map for new Russell Middle

Barrow County School System releases traffic flow map for new Russell Middle

The Barrow School System has released a map depicting how traffic will flow in and out of the new Russell Middle School.

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New 3-way stop coming to McNeal Road, Candler Street

Drivers in the area of Winder-Barrow High School and the new Russell Middle School will notice a traffic change this week.

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Barrow school board gives approval to computer purchases

Technology and learning materials were the theme at Thursday night’s Barrow County Board of Education meeting. 

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Teachers, administrators set to move into new Russell Middle School

Teachers, administrators set to move into new Russell Middle School

Moving anywhere, a new home, apartment or business can be a pain and stressful at times, but moving into a new school presents a whole ...

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Other Local



Barrow newspapers to merge: Mainstreet Newspapers acquires Barrow County News

The Barrow County News, one of the oldest continually operating businesses in Barrow County, has been acquired by Mainstreet Newspapers, Inc. of Jefferson and will ...

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Saunders accused of taking more than $100K over 2-year period, denied bond

Saunders accused of taking more than $100K over 2-year period, denied bond

The now former executive director of Adult Literacy Barrow is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the organization over a nearly two-year period ...

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Winder-Barrow High band raises performance expectations

Winder-Barrow High band raises performance expectations

Winder-Barrow High School’s marching band has always prided itself on having strong showings, even with a series of transitions between different directors.

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Apalachee High band, new director look to continue excellence

Apalachee High band, new director look to continue excellence

For Dion Muldrow, becoming the head band director at Apalachee High School and taking over for the man who gave him his first job was ...

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Barrow deputies’ wives, floral shop donating to families of slain officers

Barrow deputies’ wives, floral shop donating to families of slain officers

The reality is sobering for Bethlehem resident Heather Witte.

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Public Safety & Crime



3 shoplifting incidents occur at Winder Family Dollar

Three shoplifting incidents occurred at the same Family Dollar store in Winder over a two-day span last week, according to Winder Police Department incident reports.

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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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Letters



Letter to the Editor: Resolution needed after police shootings

In wake of the most recent killings in Louisiana and Minnesota, I denounce the actions of these officers. 

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News Columnists



TERRELL: War against police is unacceptable

I think the debate is over, and it is now official.

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SWORDS: America needs to check priorities

If you have turned on your television, opened a newspaper, or logged into social media in the last few days, you have probably already heard ...

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TERRELL: Ten days in July — we’ve seen it before

The last 10 days have been painful, trying times for our country.

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SWORDS: The false god of government

It has been such a devastating week in our nation with the death of two more fellow Americans triggering more protests from the Black Lives ...

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TERRELL: Serious dialogue needed on gun control

While the president of the United States rants and raves, along with a rather large group of others about gun control, I would like to ...

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