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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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Winder DDA votes to bring back Friday's band in fall if possible

Winder DDA votes to bring back Friday's band in fall if possible

The Winder Downtown Development Authority has voted to try to bring back classic rock group Sven and the Ringo Brothers for an encore concert, following the group’s original concert being mostly rained out last Friday night.

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Work begins on deconstruction of Jug Tavern Park pavilion

Work begins on deconstruction of Jug Tavern Park pavilion

Johnny Gregory of Madison, N.C. and workers began on Friday disassembling the Winder Pavilion. Gregory said he expects the process to take a couple of weeks. The pavilion will be rebuilt on Gregory’s 146 acres Healthful Living Organic Farm where he grows organic crops such as vegetables, fruit and medicinal and culinary herbs. The city of Winder sold the pavilion as it makes way for a new one. Gregory thanked the city of Winder for allowing him to recycle the structure.

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Winder announces Jug Tavern Pavilion ready to come down

The man who purchased the Jug Tavern Pavilion nearly a month ago arrived in town with his crew on Tuesday and begins demolition today, the Winder City Council was informed in Tuesday night’s meeting.

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Former Auburn dept. head left city in part due to council

Former Auburn dept. head left city in part due to council

The latest Auburn department head to resign stated in his exit interview that problems with the city council played a role in him leaving.

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Statham to lobby Barrow for library funding

Statham to lobby Barrow for library funding

Now that the new fiscal year has begun for the City of Statham, the city is moving forward with plans to lobby the county for more funding for the Statham library.

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Auburn councilman raises concerns over proposal to designate building blighted

A potential renovation aimed at creating a multi-purpose facility in Auburn is drawing some kickback.

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Auburn Parks & Leisure director resigns

Auburn Parks & Leisure director resigns

Auburn city officials will have to decide which direction to move in following the resignation of the Parks & Leisure Director.

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Statham library patrons to approach county about funding

Statham library patrons to approach county about funding

After speaking to the city council, patrons of the Statham Public Library are planning to take their concerns about the proposed city budget cuts to the county.

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Residents object to Statham's proposed library cuts

Residents object to Statham's proposed library cuts

Editor’s Note: In the June 15 issue of the Barrow County News, the headline was incorrect. Statham has not yet voted on the budget; it has only been proposed. Additionally, the proposal to add a city administrator position was discussed but was not calculated into the budget numbers.

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North Carolina man wins bid to move current Winder pavilion

North Carolina man wins bid to move current Winder pavilion

In May, the Winder City Council approved to spend up to $190,000 to renovate Jug Tavern Park. The renovations are to include new bathroom facilities and the removal of the current park pavilion and constructing a new one.

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Statham proposes deep cut to library funding

Statham proposes deep cut to library funding

Statham’s updated $2.48 million budget proposal now includes a $21,500 cut to the initially proposed library funds.

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New Auburn development nears groundbreaking

A groundbreaking is nearing for the Autry Pines development in Auburn.

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Statham to rework budget to cover $159,000 of expenses

Statham to rework budget to cover $159,000 of expenses

The city of Statham is around $159,000 short of having a balanced budget for the upcoming year.

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Winder votes to approve FY15 budget

Winder votes to approve FY15 budget

After months of planning, strategizing and adjusting, the Winder City Council approved last night the adoption of a budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.

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Statham plans 3rd budget meeting

Statham plans 3rd budget meeting

Statham officials will hold another budget workshop Tuesday as they prepare for a vote later this month.

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Statham discusses budget

Statham discusses budget

Statham officials are hashing out details as they prepare for a new budget that’s been hampered by coding issues under a new software system.

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Winder DDA to have more funds for FY15

The Winder Downtown Development Authority looks to have more money in the upcoming fiscal year to work with in terms of trying to improve downtown.

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Winder to vote next week on new budget

The Winder City Council is expected to vote next week on a new budget.

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