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County offices closed Friday

Barrow County Government Offices will be closed Friday and will reopen Monday at 8 a.m.

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Barrow Animal Control director resigns

A Barrow County Animal Control employee took the fate of his job into his own hands by resigning last week.

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Animal rights group enters the fray with Animal Control

While the search for a new Barrow County Animal Control director continues after another setback, an area animal rights group has offered to take over operations.

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BOC votes to demote new AC director

The Barrow Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday night to demote just-named Animal Control Director Danyal Harper during a special called meeting.

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New countywide alert system almost ready

The new countywide alert system will likely be up and running this month.

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Cities



Statham closer to lower speed limit

The city of Statham is closer to slowing down motorists along Atlanta Highway following a deadly wreck.

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DDA taps city clerk as interim director

The Winder Downtown Development Authority is moving forward with a new formula to fill the director’s role, at least for the time being.

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Citizens speak out against crematorium

A state law will likely prevent a controversial crematorium from being built in Statham.

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Winder PD focus of 2nd cheating scandal

Another complaint of discrimination will likely be filed against the Winder Police Department stemming from the latest testing controversy.

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More minor crimes, less major reported in city

Statham has had a dramatic increase in Part 2 crimes so far this year while more serious offenses have reduced by 67 percent.

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Education

Students honored at Yes I Can! awards banquet

Students honored at Yes I Can! awards banquet

Russell Middle teacher Megan Farmer said the best way to describe her student came from song lyrics in the musical "Wicked."

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Schools now hiring for more than just new superintendent

The Barrow County School System is hiring.

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Schools ready for new evaluations

The Barrow County School System is well prepared for the new teacher and administration evaluations just approved by the state board of education.

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Barrow Schools prep for the CRCT

Barrow Schools prep for the CRCT

Students throughout Barrow County’s elementary and middle schools jumped into the annual Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests on Wednesday, better known as the CRCT.

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BOE approves longer calendar, end of furloughs

A Barrow County Board of Education meeting filled with honors for students, teachers and even the superintendent ended with board members unanimously approving a 176-day calendar with no furloughs for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Other Local



Congressional debate focuses on tax reform

Monroe—The first debate for the U.S. House of Representatives District 10 race saw GOP candidates touch on subjects such as tax reform, immigration and agriculture.

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Multicounty group focuses on Hwy. 316

A group created to market a stretch of Highway 316 for development is looking to refocus after having just one meeting in more than a year.

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Representative announces his plans to seek re-election

Georgia House Representative Terry England has announced his plans to seek re-election this November.

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Public Safety & Crime

Winder Police focuses on community

Winder Police focuses on community

It’s Wednesday, and Winder Police Officer Missy Towe is talking and laughing with a local business owner in a Winder strip mall.

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Family of Statham murder victim asks for help

Authorities and the family of a slain Statham man are asking for help in a case that investigators say has stalled.

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Former WMS teacher indicted on child pornography charges

Former Westside Middle technology teacher William Kimbrell was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on child pornography charges the day after resigning, the United States Attorney’s office announced in a release Monday.

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Second rabies case confirmed in Winder

A second rabies case has been confirmed in Winder less than a week after the first.

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Two arrested for child sex crimes

Two Winder men were among those arrested over the weekend as part of a child sex crimes sting.

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