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Barrow BOC turns down privatization bid

Barrow BOC turns down privatization bid

The Barrow County Board of Commissioners narrowly voted against a proposal to outsource multiple departments while those in favor of the outsourcing expressed concerns about the county’s financial future.

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Barrow releases more details on privatization contract to be voted on Tuesday

 

The Barrow County Board of Commissioners will vote 7 p.m. Tuesday on contracting out multiple departments to CH2M Hill. As of Monday afternoon only a draft of the contract had been finalized. Here are some of the details with the proposal.  

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BOC to decide Tue. on privatizing services

BOC to decide Tue. on privatizing services

The yearlong debate on mass privatization in Barrow County will come to a culmination Tuesday.

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BOC decision to outsource could come down to a close vote

BOC decision to outsource could come down to a close vote

The decision of whether to outsource 11 Barrow County departments could come down to a close vote.

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Company: Privatizing some services would save Barrow millions

Company: Privatizing some services would save Barrow millions

A company offering to contract out multiple county departments told Barrow officials Tuesday that they could bring $4.65 million in benefit to the county over a five-year period.

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Cities

Statham to patch road, allow officers to take patrol cars home

Statham to patch road, allow officers to take patrol cars home

McCarty Road in Statham will be patched, rather than repaved, as decided in a unanimous council vote Tuesday night.

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Statham to roll back millage rate

Statham to roll back millage rate

Statham’s 2014 millage rate has been decreased from 5.928 to 5.777 mills, as per a unanimous vote by the council in a special called meeting Thursday night.

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Auburn denies charges in racial discrimination lawsuit

Auburn denies charges in racial discrimination lawsuit

The City of Auburn has filed a response to a civil lawsuit, denying allegations of racial discrimination in the Auburn Police Department.

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Auburn breaks ground on new senior apartment complex

Auburn breaks ground on new senior apartment complex

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for an Auburn senior apartment complex that’s long been in the works.

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Winder to see more roadwork in downtown

Winder to see more roadwork in downtown

Road work begins today on West Athens Street just west of Broad Street, which will be repaved as part of three additional road projects which have been added to the 2014 paving list.

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Education

Kennedy TOTY thrives on watching students' progress

Kennedy TOTY thrives on watching students' progress

 

Carl McCoy loves to read; especially non-fiction, including histories of the British Royal Family and World War II.

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Uneventful Friday after week of rumors, threats at high schools

Uneventful Friday after week of rumors, threats at high schools

The school day Friday came and went without incident at Winder-Barrow High or any of the other county schools, and now school administrators are hoping a week off for Thanksgiving break will allow the flood of rumors to finally cease.

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Authorities, administrators continue to investigate threats at WBHS

Authorities, administrators continue to investigate threats at WBHS

Barrow County Sherriff's Deputies and Winder Police officers worked together to ensure the safety of students and staff at Winder-Barrow High on Monday and Tuesday after administration received reports of a threat on social media made against the school on Monday.

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Barrow BOE hires Bowen as HMMS principal

Barrow BOE hires Bowen as HMMS principal

The Barrow County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved interim J.B. Bowen as the new principal for Haymon-Morris Middle.

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Lanier Tech's new Winder campus nearly ready

Lanier Tech's new Winder campus nearly ready

There wasn’t furniture due until the next day, and contractors were still all over the building, but Winder Campus Dean Lisa Maloof spent much of her Monday giving tours of the just-under 69,000-square-foot building capable of taking in 1,000 students on the new college campus south of Highway 316.

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Other Local



Aliens to invade Barrow airport, in movie

A portion of a Sony Pictures movie about an alien invasion will be filmed at the Barrow County Airport.

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DNR announces start of new master plan for Fort Yargo

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced Friday the start of creating a new long-term vision for Fort Yargo State Park.

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Hice sweeps to 10th district U.S. Congressional victory

Hice sweeps to 10th district U.S. Congressional victory

Jody Hice will be the next congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 10th district of Georgia.

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Perdue wins senate, Deal gets second term

Perdue wins senate, Deal gets second term

Gov. Nathan Deal and David Perdue were projected to win their seats Tuesday evening, according to multiple news outlets.

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Many state races still undecided as Nov. election day set to arrive

A pivotal election day in Georgia and nationwide is a couple days away.

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Public Safety & Crime

Barrow Sheriff still waiting for test results 1 year after Statham murder

Barrow Sheriff still waiting for test results 1 year after Statham murder

Barrow authorities are still awaiting test results a year after the murder of a Statham man.

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Supreme Court reverses conviction of Lynn, Winder man who killed wife

Supreme Court reverses conviction of Lynn, Winder man who killed wife

The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of James Morris Lynn Jr. for the 2011 killing of his wife.

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BCSO releases steps for a safe Halloween

BCSO releases steps for a safe Halloween

The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office would like Barrow citizens to remain vigilant and cautious during the upcoming Halloween holiday on Friday. Following some of the simple steps below can help keep our children safe:

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Human remains found in Auburn, local resident says it could be his daughter

Authorities may soon know the identity of human skeletal remains found in Auburn over the weekend, while a father of a missing woman is still holding out hope it's not his daughter.

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Weapons, cars, more stolen from Bethlehem business

Weapons, cars, more stolen from Bethlehem business

A Bethlehem business owner is seeking help in finding burglars who stole $80,000 in cars, electronics and weapons last week in one of several cases of robbery and burglary that have hit Barrow County in the last week.

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Business

Longtime downtown Winder jewelry shop going out of business

Longtime downtown Winder jewelry shop going out of business

As an 18 year old high school graduate Larry Evans had ambitions of going to college, but he knew his parents couldn’t afford to send him. His alternate plan was to join the Air Force and get an education through the GI bill.

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