• Cement Truck Stuck on Tracks, End of Yonah Homer

    BANKS COUNTY, Ga. – Banks County DNR, Sheriffs, and Hall County Sheriffs, as well as GSP, arrived at the crossing on the Hall County end of Yonah Homer Road to find a full cement truck stuck on the tracks. Calls were made to alert the railway operators but as of 1.00 p.m., Friday July 8, […]

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  • Motel 6 Burned in Banks Crossing

    BANKS COUNTY, Ga. – Motel 6 behind RaceTrac burned up in Banks Crossing on June 20.  Hoses lay strewn about Monday afternoon while multiple different fire departments tackle the Motel 6 fire.  At the same time, more trucks came and went, transporting water and equipment for hours.  No injuries or deaths seem to have come […]

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  • Banks County Commissioners meeting unfolds into zoning debate

    BANKS COUNTY, Ga. – The Banks County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, June 14 in the Courthouse Annex.  According to the Chairman’s report, there were 305 fire department calls, 2918 sheriff’s department calls, and approximately 18 cases of Covid-19 in the past two weeks. The meeting quickly shifted, after a couple of nominations to finish […]

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  • Habersham Board of Education approves hire of 6 Resource Officers

    HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. – The Habersham Board of Education met in the Habersham Central High School Performing Arts Center on June 13, and approved the agenda as shown here. Highlights of the meeting include Superintendent Matthew Cooper giving praise to the board, the community, and the parents in their support of the renewal of ESPLOST […]

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  • Chris Ausburn Defeats Incumbent Sammy Reece

    Line Outside Rec Department

    BANKS COUNTY, Ga. – Though the polls closed around 7 p.m., late into the night there were still people in line outside the building, due to there no longer being a switchback queue inside.  Voting takes place in the Rec. Department building. Incumbent Sammy Reece has lost the race by less than a hundred votes.  Challenger […]

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  • Banks County BOC Approves Marriott Hotel in Commerce

    The front of the Banks County Courthouse Annex with a bright blue sky above and the moon visible.

    BANKS COUNTY – The first application to be discussed in the 5/10/22 Board of Commissioners meeting is a Conditional Use Application by Hotel Developer Paul Patel for a new hotel to be located at Hampton Court in Commerce. The Banks County BOC approved the Marriot Hotel. The Banks County Planning Commission recommended the hotel for […]

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  • Banks County Planning Commission Recommends New Hotel to BOC, BANKS Ga.

    The façade of the Banks County Courthouse Annex

    BANKS COUNTY, Ga. – The Banks County Planning Commission recommends an approval for a planned hotel at Hampton Court in Commerce, Ga.  Additionally, they approved three other applications for conditional use, including vehicle part sales by Resurrected Classics, a home occupational business by Joshua Trimble, and a new home structure. Opponents of the hotel, which […]

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  • Commerce Country Cafe Temporarily Closed due to Fire Damage

    PRESS RELEASE – Wie’s Commerce Country Cafe caught fire on Sunday, April 3. The building is still standing. No injuries are reported. The damage is mostly confined to the kitchen, according to the Country Cafe’s official Facebook page. “The kitchen took the brunt of the damage. The cafe will be closed for about 2 weeks […]

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  • Banks County BOC Vote to Rezone, New Gas Station Planned

    BANKS COUNTY, Ga. – The Banks County Board of Commissioners voted to rezone a 7.27 acre lot from agriculture to commercial and includes a gas station.  The McCoy Bridge road and Hwy 441 adjacent plot will host a convenience store/gas station and retail space. Additionally, Ben Ramsey requested, on behalf of the Rec. Department, some […]

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  • Banks County BOC Denies Rezoning After Citizens Unite

    Banks County Courthouse Annex

    BANKS COUNTY – Citizens of Banks County filled the room of the March 8 Board of Commissioners meeting to oppose tabling (for another 60 days) a proposal by International Development company PNK Holdings, LLC, based in Moscow, Russia. Mark Stiles, representing PNK, was addressed by the commissioners and citizens alike with skepticism. Representing PNK Holdings, […]

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  • Banks County 2022 General Election Qualifying Candidates

    BANKS, COUNTY – Banks County candidates considering entering the May, 2022 General Primary Election must do so before qualifying ends on March 11th at noon. The Banks County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education each have two seats on the ballot.  As of 8 p.m. of March 9, four candidates have qualified, all unopposed.  […]

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