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Barrow Centennial Celebration includes time capsule burial


Barrow-Centennial-founders-day-flyerAs part of the celebration of Barrow County’s 100th birthday, the Centennial Celebration Committee is hosting a Founder’s Day weekend Sept. 6-7.  Events will be located in downtown Winder, the county seat, and will be centered around the Historic Courthouse and Barrow County Museum.  All events are open and free to the public.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., activities will include:

  • Demonstrations of lost “arts” of quilting, rug hooking, blacksmithing, cooking over an open fire, spinning, candlemaking, etc. – skills that were required for everyday life when our County was founded — but are taken for granted today.
  • Special Event Amateur Radio Station: The Barrow Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station to commemorate Barrow’s 100′th anniversary. We will be operating shortwave stations on several frequencies and demonstrating different ways we communicate via radio. The public is invited to learn more and will have the opportunity to talk to other amateurs across the world.  Amateur “Ham” Radio is also 100 years old: The Radio Act of 1912 provided the first designated frequencies for Hams to use, and the American Radio Relay League, the National Association for Amateur Radio, was established in 1914.

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Great Day of Service: 4 churches, 100-plus volunteers, 1 day


How many of God’s people and places can you serve and show God’s love to in one day?  The members of four area Methodist churches are going to find out.

United Methodist churches of Commerce, Homer, Warren Chapel in Commerce and Hickory Flat in Lula are having a “Great Day of Service” on Saturday, Sept. 6, with the mission “To serve our God by serving His people, reaching out in love to assist with basic physical, relational, and spiritual needs through person-to-person and community ministries.”

On Saturday, these four churches will join together to serve people in the community in many ways.  Projects include “Feed My Sheep,” providing free food to the needy; in-community services such as yard work and cleaning; blanket square crocheting for blankets for senior citizens; baking loaves of bread to be distributed to shut-ins; lunches for the homeless in Athens; assembling personal care kits for use by the Banks Jackson Emergency Food Bank; cookie coloring with seniors at Peachtree Village assisted living home; writing letters to shut-ins, military, local/county/state officials; diaper ministry at Grace Point Retreat; manpower support for Peace Place thrift store in Arcade; and praying without ceasing.

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Fall classes for Barrow CERT are fast approaching


The Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will begin fall classes on Sept. 18th.

Classes will be held on Thursdays and will run for eight weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. at Barrow County Emergency Services Station 6 on Pleasant Hill Church Road in Winder. These classes are free to Barrow County residents and are provided by Barrow County Emergency Services (BCES) and CERT officers.

The CERT program is set up under Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Classes are designed to educate citizens of the community in disaster preparedness to help their families and their neighbors in case of an emergency. The CERT training includes basic disaster response skills, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, hazmat and disaster medical operations.

If you are interested in the CERT program or the free training, make contact through the website barrowcert.org or by calling training officer Vance Oakes at 678-219-0257.

Grand reopening held for historic courthouse

The ribbon was cut Aug. 10 to mark the grand reopening of the Jackson County Historic Courthouse. The restoration of the upstairs courtroom will be the next undertaking. See LeAnne Akin's photo gallery below.

The ribbon was cut Aug. 10 to mark the grand reopening of the Jackson County Historic Courthouse. The restoration of the upstairs courtroom will be the next undertaking. See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.



JEFFERSON  – For those who appreciate the history of Jackson County, especially the Jackson County Historic Courthouse Restoration Committee, Aug. 10’s grand reopening celebration of the downtown architectural treasure was truly a grand occasion.

From the large crowd to the picture perfect weather conditions, the event showcased that the years of preservation work, fundraising and support building paid off in a big way. Generations to come can return to the historic courthouse to see its restored beauty and to conduct research in the historic archives.

Judge Joseph Booth said the historic courthouse contains “stories of our lives – warts and all.” He briefly shared a story of a court of ordinary filing related to custody of children from his mother’s family after an affair involving the father came to light. He noted it was a story he was not familiar with and likely would not have learned of without the connection to the past found in court documents now available.

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Mulch fire in Barrow continues to generate smoke


A large mulch fire in Barrow County will likely continue to produce smoke over the holiday weekend unless rains come.

Communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received a 911 call at after 3 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, reporting a fire in the 1100 block of Barrow Industrial Parkway.

“Firefighters responded and found a large pile of mulch burning with visible flame across the top of the pile,” said Public Information Officer Lieutenant Scott Dakin. “The fire, located a Cowart Mulch Products, was the result of natural combustion as a result of composting done on site.”

Firefighters made access to the pile and started control efforts and contacted personnel with Cowart Mulch Products. Shortly after arrival, personnel from the company arrived and started assisting firefighters with control efforts.

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