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Barrow commissioners to vote on fire tax district

Barrow commissioners to vote on fire tax district

County leaders will soon vote on whether to re-implement a tax district that would pay for fire services and could lead to changes in the property tax rate.

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Barrow BOC approves $12K special election to replace Worley

Barrow BOC approves $12K special election to replace Worley

The Barrow County Board of Commissioners approved the details for the special election to replace Steve Worley that will cost $12,000.

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Barrow County receives needed fire truck

Barrow County Emergency Services has a new state-of-the-art fire truck to replace an outdated truck that was hemorrhaging money.  

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Barrow property owners see tax increases

Barrow property owners see tax increases

Property owners in Barrow County will likely pay about $7.6 million more in property taxes compared to the previous year.

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Election to fill Worley's  seat scheduled for Sept.15

Election to fill Worley's seat scheduled for Sept.15

 

An election day has been set to fill the vacant seat of former Barrow County Commissioner Steve Worley.

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Cities

Auburn budget on pace to finish in the black

Auburn budget on pace to finish in the black

The Auburn budget is on pace to finish in the black, according to a six month budget review.

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First draft of FY16 Statham budget includes big rise in tax  revenue

First draft of FY16 Statham budget includes big rise in tax revenue

Statham officials are finalizing details on a new budget just months after the city drew criticism for its financial stability.

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Auburn council candidates meet with voters

Auburn council candidates meet with voters

The candidates for the Auburn City Council were able to meet with voters at a forum on Monday.

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Auburn to hold candidate forum in advance of special election

Auburn to hold candidate forum in advance of special election

The three Auburn City Council candidates running for a vacant seat say they’ll bring a new perspective to the council.

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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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Education

New construction looks to continue at Barrow schools

New construction looks to continue at Barrow schools

Construction across the Barrow County School System, which has been a constant the last few years, doesn’t look to be winding down anytime soon.

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Barrow School System hires new WBHS assistant principal, CTAE director

Barrow School System hires new WBHS assistant principal, CTAE director

The Barrow County School System moved quickly to replace a couple of key administrator positions.

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Barrow School System recognizes top classified staff members

Barrow School System recognizes top classified staff members

Recently, the Barrow County School System honored a group that sometimes goes overlooked – the support staff.

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Winder-Barrow dedicates yearbook to 29-year employee

Winder-Barrow dedicates yearbook to 29-year employee

The Winder-Barrow High student body is recognizing one of the schools until-now unsung heroes in the 2014-2015 yearbook.

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BOE votes to close Snodon, approve budget

By Zac Taylor

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Other Local

Winder DDA helps fund new facade renovations

Winder DDA helps fund new facade renovations

A number of downtown Winder buildings are making repairs to building facades this summer, and the downtown development authority is pitching in to help with funding.

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From the publisher: Changing times bring changes to the BCN

The Barrow County News, through its predecessors, was first published in 1893. It is the oldest continuously operating business in Barrow County – in fact it was here before Barrow County existed. Our company is committed to this community and has been privileged to be the steward and owner of this community newspaper for 21 years.

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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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Public Safety & Crime



One dead in Barrow wreck Tuesday

 

The name of the driver of a Ford Explorer who died in a Tuesday 6 a.m. accident on Highway 316 at Highway 81 has not yet been released.

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Winder man charged with murder in Gainesville drug death case

Winder man charged with murder in Gainesville drug death case

A Winder man was arrested and charged with felony murder for allegedly distributing a drug that caused another Winder man’s death, according to Gainesville Police.

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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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