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Barrow hires 2 new directors for vacant posts

Barrow hires 2 new directors for vacant posts

The Barrow County Board of Commissioners has filled the final two vacant department head positions.

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Barrow looks at creating greater flexibility with fund reserves

Barrow looks at creating greater flexibility with fund reserves

A new rainy day fund policy could provide more spending flexibility for Barrow County officials.

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Barrow leaders point to signs of growth in State of Community address

Barrow leaders point to signs of growth in State of Community address

Barrow County leaders say there are signs of growth in housing and business development during the State of the Community Address.

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9-year-old girl shot in Barrow County being treated in trauma unit

A 9-year-old girl that was shot at her Barrow County home Monday remains in the hospital’s trauma unit on Tuesday.

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Barrow BOC hears update on West Winder Bypass

Barrow BOC hears update on West Winder Bypass

The Barrow County Board of Commissioners was given an update Tuesday on a major highway project.

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Cities



Winder City Hall parking lot under construction

 

The City of Winder announced that, Thursday through this Wednesday (depending on weather), the City Hall parking lot will be under construction. All entrances to City Hall will be closed except for the Park Avenue entrance.

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Statham mayor says he wants another city administrator

Statham mayor says he wants another city administrator

Statham Mayor Robert Bridges wants another city administrator.

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Winder businesses frustrated by higher regulatory fees

Winder businesses frustrated by higher regulatory fees

 

For some Winder businesses, taxes that were due today were a "sticker shock," as President of the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce Tommy Jennings predicted at a December public hearing with the city council.

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Winder approves projected Jug Tavern budget for FY 2016

Winder approves projected Jug Tavern budget for FY 2016

The budget for this year’s Jug Tavern Festival is in, and its projected expenditures are $11,000 cheaper than what last year’s ended up being.

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Resignation of Martin only adds to debate among Statham residents

Resignation of Martin only adds to debate among Statham residents

The recent resignation of Steve Martin from the position of city administrator in Statham has stirred up even more controversy than was present before his decision to step down.

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Education

Barrow school system budget has room to grow

Barrow school system budget has room to grow

Chris Griner enjoyed going over the fiscal year 2016 budget with board members.

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Barrow BOE presented with option of closing Snodon

Barrow BOE presented with option of closing Snodon

Snodon Preparatory School could be in its last year of operation.

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Fine arts festival kicks off at Winder Cultural Arts Center

Fine arts festival kicks off at Winder Cultural Arts Center

 

For Winder Mayor David Maynard, it’s the music. For Barrow County School System Superintendent Chris McMichael, its visual arts that he said stirs him the most.

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BOE updated on Barrow's truancy statistics ahead of vote

BOE updated on Barrow's truancy statistics ahead of vote

More than 8 percent of students in Barrow County schools have missed more than 10 days of school this year according to Assistant Superintendent Ken Greene.

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Winder-Barrow junior selected for prestigious program

Winder-Barrow junior selected for prestigious program

Winder-Barrow High School junior Riley Black has been selected to attend the 2015 summer session at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, where he will learn about state and local government through practical courses and simulations.

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Other Local

Members of 3 Barrow boards propose way to catch tax errors

Members of 3 Barrow boards propose way to catch tax errors

Displaying the kind of cooperation that new chief tax appraiser Don Elrod talks about, members of the Barrow County School Board and Board of Commissioners met with the entire Barrow Board of Assessors to discuss ways to ensure that the long ago tax error that could have resulted in more than 20 million less dollars for the school district over a 16-year period doesn’t happen again.

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Barrow state representatives call legislative session a success

State officials representing Barrow County describe the latest legislative session as intense and productive.

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Fort Yargo unveils draft of park additions

Fort Yargo unveils draft of park additions

An expanded beach, a dog park and an area for skateboarding are among the preliminary designs for an improved Fort Yargo State Park.

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Barrow Regional to end birth services this summer

Babies will no longer be able to be born in Barrow, barring an emergency, starting July 1.

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New Braselton hospital opens its doors today

New Braselton hospital opens its doors today

In a journey that has taken nearly a decade to complete, the 100­ bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton opens today in South Hall County.

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Public Safety & Crime

Barrow Commissioner Worley could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty on both counts

Barrow Commissioner Worley could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty on both counts

Barrow County Commissioner Steve Worley could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of federal theft and bribery charges.

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Tornado warning issued for parts of Barrow

A Tornado Warning has been issued for portions of Barrow County until 3:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Barrow County Emergency Services urges everyone in the area to be cautious and seek shelter.

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CSX schedules railroad crossing repairs in Barrow

 

CSX railroad has scheduled for the following crossings to be repaired/maintained which will require for the crossings to be closed. Each crossing will be closed for approximately 2-3 days. The following are the crossings and their scheduled/tentative start dates:

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Barrow BOC commissioner Worley indicted

Barrow BOC commissioner Worley indicted

Barrow County Commissioner Steve Worley’s future as an elected official hinges on the governor’s office after his indictment on theft and bribery charges.

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Two killed in Winder car crash

 

A car crash killed two Friday afternoon on Highway 53 in Winder, city police reported in a news release.

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Business



State declares development site in Statham ready for construction

A 360-plus acre site for proposed housing and business development along the innovation corridor has been declared ready for construction by the state’s Department of Economic Development.

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