Construction begins on renovations at Windmill Park.
We are so excited to announce that on June 7th, 2021, construction started on the T-ball/Soccer Complex portion of Windmill Park!
This new construction will turn the current Field 5 into four t-ball fields and dedicated space for soccer fields, with a plaza/pavilion area, renovated concession stand with restrooms, and a new parking area.
T-ball/5-6-year-old-coach pitch leagues, and soccer are some of our largest groups, numbers-wise. This will provide a dedicated space to those growing leagues!
photo from Banks County Parks and Recreation Facebook page
We are sad to report that Amanda Hall was discovered deceased by deputies of the Banks County Sheriff’s Office. On April 28, deputies were conducting a grid search of a heavily wooded area in the proximity of Mrs. Hall’s last known whereabouts when she was located. BCSO Criminal Investigation Division and the Banks County Coroner’s Office are working a unified investigation to determine the cause and events surrounding her death. An autopsy is scheduled for later in the week. At this time, no further details will be released due to our active and ongoing investigation.
Mike Brown has been named as the principal of Banks County High School. Brown, who is currently an assistant principal at BCHS, will begin the new role July 1st. Brown has served as an administrator in the system since 2015 when he was tapped as the transportation director. He began his teaching career in 1990 and became part of the Banks County School System in 2002. He has taught special education, health, physical education, and Georgia History. Brown has also coached a myriad of sports including football, basketball, and track.
Mr. Brown is a graduate of Western Carolina University and holds a leadership degree from Georgia Southern University. In 2011, he was named Banks County School System Teacher of the Year.
Superintendent Ann Hopkins announced Brown as the new principal in an email to the staff. In her statements, Hopkins noted, “Mike Brown is one with great integrity and judgment skills. He is interwoven in this community and understands the students and their families and recognizes the challenges and uniqueness of our population. His heart and educational philosophy are deeply rooted in meeting the needs of all students.”
Brown and his family are long-time residents of Banks County. He is married to Cynthia Brown, the assistant principal at Banks County Primary School. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Brown is replacing Christine Bray, who is retiring after 31 years in education. The system will begin the search for an assistant principal for the high school immediately.
The Banks County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Banks County Board of Education, and Banks County Commissioners is adding camera equipped speed detection devices to the county school zones. The camera equipped speed detection system was recently approved for use by the Georgia Department of Transportation. This public safety program is being installed on Historic Homer Highway and on Georgia Highway 15 in the areas of Banks County High School and Banks County Middle School.
“Our school zone speed safety program for the middle and high schools started on Monday, January 25th which commenced our 30-day warning period,” stated Major Carissa McFaddin. “Even after adding a concentrated area of traffic enforcement in these zones, we continue to encounter people driving well above the speed limit. We continuously explore options to ensure motorists respect the law and the safety of our children. While there is the option of hiring additional deputies, this would be costly to the taxpayer and doesn’t necessarily mean that the deputy would be ever-present in our school zones. With that being said, we have found this speed camera solution fits in agreeably with our public safety strategies.”
“This project is strictly about ensuring the improvement of safety in our school zones,” stated Sheriff Carlton Speed. “I would rather see the lives of our citizens spared by drivers being more cautious and careful in our school zones than receive one dollar from enforcement fines.”
Phillip Bennett, Optotraffic – Georgia Representative stated, “We are honored to be chosen by Banks County to provide traffic safety enforcement services to keep their school children safe. The County has been a great partner and very progressive in the use of technology as a force multiplier for law enforcement. We look forward to working with Sheriff’s Office and County officials to ensure the safety benefits from this program are sustainable and meaningful.”
All fines collected will be used to improve school safety and security projects.
Commerce, GA (January 15, 2021) – On Wednesday, January 13th, 2021, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office agents, along with Banks County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant at the Howard Johnson Hotel Room 237 located in Commerce, Banks County, Georgia. Information developed by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office led to the search warrant that was executed at the Howard Johnson Hotel. During the execution of the search warrant, agents and deputies seized 483.5 prescription pills, 3 kilograms of methamphetamine, 4 ounces of heroin, 9 ounces of marijuana, and $12,700 of US Currency.
The following individuals were arrested at the time of the execution of the search warrant:
William Turney, 39, of Homer, was charged with Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.
Kristina Hubbard, 29, of Bethlehem, was charged with Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.
Gary Henson, 38, of Toccoa, was charged with Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, along with Felony Obstruction of a Police Officer.
Ashley Loudermilk, 34, of Hull, was charged with Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.
This investigation is still currently active and ongoing.
For additional information about Appalachian RDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity look for ARDEO @appalachiandtf on twitter or follow on facebook @appalachianrdeo and/or Instagram.
The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, Gilmer County, Fannin County, the Cleveland Police Department, and the Lavonia Police Department, Toccoa Police Department, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
BCPRD Basketball games are on as scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, January 9th!
8G Thomas v Reems 9:00a
10G Gilstrap v Murray 10:00a
12B Beck v Boswell 11:00a
8B Baker v Whitlock 10:00a
8B LaHayne v Milford 9:00a
8B McCutcheon v Poole 11:00a
10B Heath v Reed 12:00p
12G Hunter A @ Franklin Co 12:00p – Gym B
12G Hunter B @ Franklin Co 1:00p – Gym B
14B Anderson @ Franklin Co 1:00p – Gym A
The first couple of nights this week have been great & we thank you all for your adherence to our Covid policies during this time!
Just a reminder to please only attend with members of your household, masks are required & social distancing efforts must be made. We ask that everyone please refrain from congregating in the gyms or lobby prior to or after your child’s games.
Good afternoon everyone. Following is a little information from the NWS on the wintry precipitation that is possible across extreme north Georgia later Thursday and Friday.
We may see some according to the 7-day forecast but they are not mentioning any chance of accumulation for our area.
As always, we will continue to monitor and let you know if we hear of any changes, as we are able.
Our 7-Day (through Sunday) per the NWS Peachtree Site:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. South wind around 5 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.
A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Rain showers before 5am, then rain and snow showers. Low around 35. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Rain and snow showers likely before 9am, then a chance of rain showers between 9am and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.
Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Sunny, with a high near 50.
From: Lauren Reaves – NOAA Federal
Sent: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:34 PM
Subject: [! Wednesday 230 PM Update !] Wintry Precipitation Possible Across North Georgia Late Thursday/Friday
What’s Changed: Overall, little has changed from the previous forecast. A brief period of freezing rain may be possible across the highest peaks late on Thursday before transitioning to snow. Accumulations around 1 to 2 inches are still possible across the higher elevations late Thursday into Friday.
• A low pressure system will bring rainfall to much of the area beginning on Thursday afternoon.
• Potential remains for rain to mix with snow before transitioning into snow across portions of northern Georgia late Thursday, lingering into the day on Friday. In addition, some of the highest peaks may see a brief transition to freezing rain before switching to snow late Thursday evening.
• The mountains across northern Georgia have the highest potential to see this rain/snow mix and the highest potential for accumulating snow (around 1 to 2 inches) late Thursday (after about 6 PM) through Friday morning (around 9 AM) as temperatures at and below freezing will be possible. Accumulating snow on roadways may cause slick or hazardous road conditions. NOTE: These areas (and amounts) are subject to change with future forecasts!
• Across the rest of northern Georgia (generally north and west of I-20/I-85), periods of a rain/snow mix will be possible overnight Thursday and into early Friday, but air temperatures are forecast to remain above freezing restricting any accumulations, limiting impacts across these areas.
• Precipitation looks to end by the early afternoon on Friday.
Please see the graphics below for more information.
NWS Peachtree City/Atlanta Decision Support Team
Banks County Parks and Recreation announce scheduled games will be played tonight.
Basketball games are on as scheduled tonight!
6:00 – 12G Hunter A v Rabun Co
7:00 – 12G Hunter B v Rabun Co
8:00 – 14B McKinzie v Anderson
6:00 – 6U Penny Hunter v Brittany Whitlock (Make-up)
6:30 – 8G Gordon v Reems
7:30 – 10B Rodgers v Duncan
*REMINDER masks are REQUIRED to enter the Rec Center for games this evening. Players & Coaches do not have to wear masks while participating in the game.