Plaintiff’s attorney John Capo, whose office is in Jasper, argues at the Georgia Supreme Court in February. Defense attorney Phil Friduss is seated behind Capo
The highest court in Georgia has made a unanimous ruling that could impact the way zoning decisions are handled in Pickens County.
In the opinion released on June 4 in Hoechstetter et al. v. Pickens County et al., the Supreme Court of Georgia found the Pickens County Planning Commission does not provide adequate information about public hearing proceedings in their rezoning recommendation to the Pickens County Board of Commissioners, which makes the final decision on all rezoning requests.
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The First Baptist Church of Ivy Gap bandage rollers for World War II pose for a happy church photo for the church's 75th anniversary celebration.
By Max Caylor
Six women come together with the purpose of rolling bandages for “their boys” during World War II but over a 25 year period move from superficial friends to being true sisters as they share with each other their hopes, fears and deepest secrets.
First Baptist of Ivy Gap is the latest production of the Tater Patch Community Theater Players which is a dramatic comedy written by Ron Osborne and locally directed by Stanley O’Kelly that helps one look at life with humor, drama, tragedy and reconciliation.
Visitor comments show town made good impression
Damon Howell / Photo Rolling in - Two of the more than 1,000 cyclists who came through as part of the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG).
More than a thousand cyclists have come and gone, leaving little trace other than extra cash in local registers and hopefully taking away good memories.
Chamber President Gerry Nechvatal said as the host/organizer they had two goals: (1) a significant direct financial impact for our members and the community and (2) make a good lasting impression so that someone might want to come back to visit, buy a home or open a business.
“This was not a money maker for us,” said Nechvatal. “We did it to support the community and we achieved our goals.”
Also from council: Brewery eyes Jasper
Angela Reinhardt / Photo
Kirk Raffield (right) being sworn in as a Jasper City Council member by Pickens Chief Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington. Raffield won the election to fill the council seat vacated by Jim Looney, who left office to work as Jasper’s interim city manager.
After hearing “grave concerns” from residents of Sharptop Ridge Road regarding a proposed residential development for a 111-acre lot in the Burnt Mountain Road area, the Jasper City Council voted to table the decision on annexation/rezoning.
The parcel is currently located in unincorporated Pickens County and is zoned agricultural. Owner and developer Paul King has requested the parcel be annexed into the city limits and zoned as R-1, or low density single family residential.
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One instrument in the park has a color-coded book of songs to play ranging from “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to “Bingo.”
By Rosa Willis
If you are walking through Roper Park and wonder where the delightful, melodic sounds are coming from, the new addition to the Rotary Peace Park is your answer.
A ribbon was cut to officially open the Children’s Music Park located behind the Boys and Girls Club Wednesday. The park, courtesy of the Jasper Rotary Club, contains eight brand new, pitched, and weather-tolerant instruments. All the permanently-installed instruments are handicap friendly and fun for kids of all musical abilities.