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Barrow BOC discusses bringing back fire tax district

Barrow BOC discusses bringing back fire tax district

The Barrow County Commission delved into the pros and cons of re-implementing a fire tax district at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Barrow BOC approves Skinner as fire chief

Barrow BOC approves Skinner as fire chief

Barrow County Emergency Services has a full-time director and began accepting bids for upgrading the security camera system for the detention center and courthouse.

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County to study ways to solve EMS bill shortage

County to study ways to solve EMS bill shortage

The Barrow County Board of Commissioners will study ways to attack a $1 million-plus shortage in EMS bill collections.

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BOC to vote on BCES director, discuss camera upgrade

BOC to vote on BCES director, discuss camera upgrade

The Barrow County Commission will vote on appointing a director for Emergency Services and hear a presentation on a camera system upgrade for the courthouse at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Barrow BOC to vote on Skinner as fire chief

Barrow BOC to vote on Skinner as fire chief

Barrow County Emergency Services Interim Director John Skinner will be recommended for the permanent position later this month.

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Cities

Statham looks to improve water treatment plant

Statham looks to improve water treatment plant

Statham is about to spend up to $8,000 on the preparation of a performance survey and the completion of an operational evaluation of the city’s water treatment facility, both done by Engineering Management, Inc.

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Statham to pay more for water plant

Statham to pay more for water plant

The City of Statham will have to fork out nearly $900,000 in the next five years for needed maintenance and improvements to the city’s water plant.

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Auburn to take time before voting on spending more money for ballfields

Auburn to take time before voting on spending more money for ballfields

A sharp increase in cost for a Parks Mill Ball Field project has led to the Auburn City Council members taking more time to decide how it’ll be handled.

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Bethlehem council to vote on $295,690 budget

The Bethlehem City Council will vote on a new budget next month.

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Winder approves up to $480,000 for storm water improvements

Winder approves up to $480,000 for storm water improvements

Winder Mayor David Maynard has the city council’s approval to spend up to a little over $480,000 on storm water improvements on Alexander Street.

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Education

Barrow BOE to vote on adding new charter school

Barrow BOE to vote on adding new charter school

The Barrow County School Board will vote Tuesday on whether or not to approve bringing a new, non-traditional, nighttime charter school into the system starting with the 2015-2016 school year.

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AHS, Barrow TOTY committed to reaching all students

AHS, Barrow TOTY committed to reaching all students

Colene Cannarella understands the luck that went into her being the only one of her siblings to graduate high school, to eventually obtain a Master’s Degree and now work as a teacher at Apalachee High, and own a home in Athens with her husband, also an AHS teacher.

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Two Winder Lanier Tech students honored

Two Winder Lanier Tech students honored

Two Lanier Technical College, Winder Campus students were among the four students from Lanier Tech selected as semifinalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, according to Kari Register, coordinator for the Lanier Technical College’s GOAL program.

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Winder-Barrow TOTY Martin adds excitement

Winder-Barrow TOTY Martin adds excitement

AP history teacher Craig Martin has loved history just about as long as he can remember, from listening to his grandmother and mother back in South Carolina tell old family tales to pouring over new history text in his free time.

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BOE members press for ways to prevent tax errors

BOE members press for ways to prevent tax errors

A couple Barrow County school board members are looking to make sure the recent error discovered by the Barrow tax assessors office, that some say could have cost the school system over 20 million dollars over more than a decade, doesn’t happen again.

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Other Local



Winder DDA welcomes 3 new members, reaffirms new goals

The Winder Downtown Development Authority has a new look and a new role for 2015.

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Highway infrastructure a key topic for current state legislative session

Inadequate highway infrastructure in Georgia will be a major topic during this current legislative session.

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Braselton detour ends early, to open Thursday

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces the detour is now in place on State Route 347/Friendship Road in Braselton will reopen five days ahead of schedule, if weather permits.

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Winder DDA to pursue grants, facade rehabilitation in 2015

 

With the shift to the new year, Winder’s Downtown Development Authority is also looking to shift its focus—away from events and toward façade rehabilitation, grants and parking.

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A final glance at the top 10 stories of 2014

A final glance at the top 10 stories of 2014

 

Today marks the final day of a year that truly changed the look of numerous parts of Barrow County.

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Public Safety & Crime

Eagle scout  candidate looks out for Winder firemen

Eagle scout candidate looks out for Winder firemen

For about a month now, the Winder Fire Department has had it just a little bit easier on their night calls, thanks to the assistance of an upcoming Eagle Scout.

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Barrow authorities make large drug bust

Barrow authorities make large drug bust

Two brothers were arrested last week after a major drug seizure, according to a Barrow County Sheriff’s Office news release.

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Ambulance problem highlights BCES need for new vehicles

Ambulance problem highlights BCES need for new vehicles

An ambulance that recently broke down spotlights maintenance issues that have plagued Barrow County Emergency Services vehicles.

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Overturned tractor trailer halts traffic on I 85

Barrow County Emergency Services is advising citizens to avoid the area of Interstate 85 southbound at Highway 211 due to a motor vehicle collision.  "A tractor trailer has overturned with entrapment and another vehicle involved," stated Lieutenant Scott Dakin. "Interstate 85 southbound has been closed down and will remain closed for several hours. Northbound lanes are congested in the area."

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Memorial fund established for Statham girl who died in wreck

Memorial fund established for Statham girl who died in wreck

A memorial fund has been established for a 6-year-old Statham girl who will be laid to rest this weekend after dying in a car wreck.

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Business



Ruby Tuesday to donate percent of sales to Habitat

The Winder Ruby Tuesday will be giving 20 percent of its sales on Tuesday to Habitat for Humanity Inc. as part of its GiveBack program.

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Owners of well-known Barrow real estate firm form separate agencies

Two owners of a well-known Barrow County realty company have split up.

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DDA to focus less on festivals, more on business development

After a rather different year for the Winder Downtown Development Authority in 2014, Chairman Chris Maddox said at Tuesday’s meeting that he hopes for a better 2015.

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Gwinnett Chamber CEO: Region's future hinges on attracting new leaders

Gwinnett Chamber CEO: Region's future hinges on attracting new leaders

The head of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce discussed the elements needed for Barrow County and the rest of the metro Atlanta region to thrive during a meeting in Winder last week.

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Barrow, Jackson Form Symbiotic Circle to Drive Tourism in Northeast Georgia

The word tourism is often associated with a trip to a theme park, a getaway to an exotic land, or a day spent soaking in the rays on some idyllic beach. In Northeast Georgia, however, tourism means something a little different. Barrow County, in particular, generates a lot of its annual revenue from tourists coming into the area to golf, camp, and otherwise enjoy the many activities the region has to offer those who’d rather spend their time outside than plunked in front of a TV set.

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