The spring air was filled with cheers from the stadium stands this past Friday evening as the Banks County Middle School and High School football teams took to the gridiron for the annual spring scrimmage games. New Head Coach Biff Parson was anxious to see how the team would perform following the practice sessions over the past two weeks. The ...
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Banks County students and teachers have a lot to be proud of.
The Banks County Board of Education met last Thursday to discuss the schools’ progress report. Superintendent, Chris Erwin, and Assistant Superintendent, Donna Reed, shared how pleased they are with the academic accomplishments of Banks County’s four schools.
Students are still waiting to receive their testing scores, but Superintendent Erwin anticipates the results will be even better than they have been in the past.
Over the past nine years, the schools’ CRCT scores have greatly improved. The percentage that did not meet standards in 2003 was approximately 30 percent. In 2012, that percentage decreased to six percent.
In 2003, the percentage that exceeded was approximately 11 percent. In 2012, that percentage increased to 43%.
“That ‘exceeds’ category is so important to us,” said Superintendent Erwin. “We want to get that percentage as high as we can.”
While the CRCT is only administered to two of Banks County’s schools, there have been improvements in all the schools.
This year, the school system piloted the new College and Career Ready Performance Index. This new measurement system will replace Georgia’s Adequate Yearly Progress.
According to the results, Banks County schools have all surpassed the state average.
Banks County Elementary School received 95.2 points out of 100. The average in Georgia was 83.4.
Banks County Middle School received 93.7 points, compared to Georgia’s average at 81.4.
Banks County High School received 72.9 points, compared to Georgia’s average at 72.6.
The CCRPI measures the school in four categories: achievement, progress, achievement gap closure and exceeding the bar.
The CCRPI was implemented halfway through the school year. The BOE anticipates that once the program is fully implemented, and the criterion is more fully developed, Banks County schools will have even higher scores.
HOMER - Lola Mae Moss Maney, 97, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013. Born in Banks County on February 16, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Alonzo and Ida Payne Moss. She was a homemaker who enjoyed farming, gardening, quilting, and crocheting. Mrs. Maney was preceded in death by her husband, William Coil Maney; daughter-in-law, Evia Jane ...
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Officers with the Banks County Sheriff’s Office are still actively looking for one person who fled the scene of a traffic stop earlier today on Interstate 85. According to the sheriff's office, the search is for a "Hispanic male who is wanted for questioning for possible human trafficking."
Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed said officers initiated a traffic stop on a GMC Yukon with 12 people inside and three of those people fled.
One was captured and two are on the loose at first. One was later caught, while the third one remains at large.
“We have detained 10 people who are in custody for questioning at this time,” Speed said at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. “We are still actively looking for the other two.”
Speed said officers were still set up along I-85 at Hwy. 59 and Martin Bridge Road near Banks Crossing.
Banks County is getting assistance with the search from the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Team, the Motor Carrier Compliance Division and Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute.
The Banks County High School Lady Leopards golf team placed second in the sectionals and is preparing for the state championships on May 20 at Chateau Elan. The Lady Leopards score came in two stokes behind Buford at 274. Buford's leading score of 272 put them in the number one slot with West Hall taking the third slot with a 280 and White ...
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A high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon that ended in Franklin County with one dead and two injured began in Banks County.
Banks County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Shawn Wilson said at approximately 1:50 p.m. BCSO officers observed a car containing three occupants, traveling north bound on Interstate 85 at Exit 149 – Banks Crossing.
“The car was paced at approximately 95 m.p.h. and continued at a high rate of speed even after entering a Department of Transportation construction zone,” Wilson said. “Officers activated their emergency lights and siren, but the driver refused to sop and actually accelerated reaching speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h.”
The driver entered Franklin County, and shortly thereafter, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol took over the pursuit until the driver crashed around Exit 175.
One passenger in the car died at the scene, the driver sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital, and a second passenger was transported to Ty Cobb Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Wilson said the identities of the driver and passengers are being withheld pending investigation and notification of family members of the person killed.
The accident shut down the north bound lanes of I-85 for several hours.
The Banks County 4-H Senior Compound team won the state championship with a score of 1942 at the 4-H State Archery Tournament held this past weekend in Eatonton. Members of the state championship team are Jonathan Clark shooting a 664, Ty Ewing shooting a 672, Massey Langford shooting a 606 and Alex Wiley shooting a 569. The Senior Compound ...
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