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Radio system to take at least 1 year to fix

Radio system to take at least 1 year to fix

A countywide radio system plagued by problems will take at least a year to fix.

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Timeline for possible Barrow County privatization delayed

Timeline for possible Barrow County privatization delayed

Any new privatization that takes place in Barrow County likely won’t go into effect until January.

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Barrow airport authority still questioning stormwater fees

The Barrow County Airport Authority and the county government remain at odds over the issue of stormwater fees.

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County officials: Radio system poses threat to law enforcement

County officials: Radio system poses threat to law enforcement

While county leaders shore up problems with the radio system, public safety officials say their employees continue to be in danger because of lost signals.

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Taking a look back at Barrow's 1st century

Taking a look back at Barrow's 1st century

Barrow County is one of the newer counties in an old state.

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Cities

Johnston steps up as chief of police

Johnston steps up as chief of police

Former Statham Assistant Chief of Police Allan Johnston was sworn in as the city’s new chief of police on Wednesday morning.

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Martin begins job as Statham administrator

Martin begins job as Statham administrator

Former Statham Chief of Police Steve Martin officially took on his new role as city administrator on Friday.

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Auburn divided on plan for Parks & Leisure dept.

The Auburn City Council remains divided on how to handle the Parks & Leisure Department in the wake of the resignation of its head.

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Winder DDA looking for solutions to downtown parking issues

Winder DDA looking for solutions to downtown parking issues

After several months of discussion about how to improve parking in downtown Winder, the Downtown Development Authority voted Tuesday to propose to the City an idea about parking on Candler Street.

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Statham appoints Martin as city administrator, approves new police chief

Statham appoints Martin as city administrator, approves new police chief

Statham Mayor Robert Bridges on Tuesday appointed current Chief of Police Steve Martin to fill the new position of city administrator, with current Assistant Chief of Police Allan Johnston to step up as Chief.

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Education

Incumbents fall in Barrow BOE races

Incumbents fall in Barrow BOE races

There’s going to be some major turnover on the Barrow County Board of Education come January.

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BOE candidates make final push before runoff

BOE candidates make final push before runoff

The four Barrow County board of education candidates aren’t necessarily worried anymore about convincing residents that they’re the best candidate for the job.

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Barrow County News to once again participate in Pack the Bus campaign

Barrow County News to once again participate in Pack the Bus campaign

It’s almost time to pack the bus.

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CRCT results display weaknesses in ability of yearly tests to measure sustained success

Barrow County Schools Superintendent Chris McMichael points to some slight reductions in the pass rates among the county’s highest succeeding schools as to why some teachers in gifted and advanced classes are concerned about how the state’s new test might solve the issue.

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Barrow schools see some progress in CRCT results

Most Barrow County students displayed improvement on the majority of their subjects according to the just-released Criterion-Reinforced Competency Test school-level results.

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Other Local

Hice wins 10th district Republican runoff, Perdue wins in Senate race

Hice wins 10th district Republican runoff, Perdue wins in Senate race

The battle between Republicans and Democrats for two national races has been set now after wins Tuesday by conservative talk show host Jody Hice and David Perdue.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidates trade jabs

Republican U.S. Senate candidates trade jabs

The next U.S. Senator in Georgia could hinge on next week’s GOP runoff.

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District 10 foes Collins, Hice spar in debate

District 10 foes Collins, Hice spar in debate

U.S. Congressional 10th District GOP candidates are getting their final words in as they prepare for a runoff in their hotly contested race.

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Tobias named Peace Place director

Tobias named Peace Place director

The interim tag for Nikki Tobias has been removed as she becomes executive director of Peace Place.

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Advance voting starts for runoff races

Barrow residents will soon have the opportunity to help decide a few more election races.

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Public Safety & Crime

New WPD major brings variety of experiences to unit

New WPD major brings variety of experiences to unit

Thursday was the first day on the job for the Winder Police Department’s new Criminal Investigation Department Commander, Ed DeVelasco.

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PETA offers reward for info leading to conviction of alpaca, llama killers

PETA offers reward for info leading to conviction of alpaca, llama killers

A national animal rights group is stepping up to help find the people involved in killing a llama and alpaca.

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State agencies prepare for busy Independence Day

State agencies prepare for busy Independence Day

Various agencies in Georgia are preparing for what is expected to be a busy Independence Day weekend.

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BCES provides safety tips for the holiday

Happy July 4th From Barrow County Emergency Services.

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Alpaca, llama killed at Hoschton farm

Alpaca, llama killed at Hoschton farm

A routine night at Gilliland's Heritage Alpacas in Hoschton turned tragic last week when an alpaca and llama were discovered dead.

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Business

Gateway area booms as local demand increases

Gateway area booms as local demand increases

The growth at the Gateway at University Parkway continues with new restaurants, medical offices and a hotel in the works.

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CBT changes name to South State Bank

CBT changes name to South State Bank

Two Barrow bank branches recently changed names.

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CSB to consolidate Winder branches

CSB to consolidate Winder branches

There will be one fewer bank branch in Winder by the middle of August.

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