Pickens voters will see some interesting political contests this spring with a contested race for the western commission seat with three Republican candidates and a contested school board race on the GOP ticket in the May 22 primary.
No Democrats qualified for any posts at the county level so, like most elections here, all the action will happen in the spring primaries.
Aside from the contested school board race between incumbent Byron Long and challenger Tucker Green, two other school board posts were on the ticket. In both the incumbents bowed out and only a single candidate stepped forward. New faces Steven Smith, director of public safety at Bent Tree, and Joeta Youngblood, a longtime principal
The Funk Heritage Center of Reinhardt University will host a free lecture on Wednesday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. Michael D. Hitt, a historical researcher and writer, has numerous publications concerning Roswell, Georgia and surrounding areas.
His talk at the center concerns his latest research about a WWI tragedy that happened on June 16, 1918. On that date, a group of 50 men in a convoy from Georgia’s Camp Gordon, were crossing Steele’s Bridge over the Etowah River. The covered bridge had been constructed after the Civil War and it collapsed. A large Army truck with twenty soldiers fell 40 feet into the river. Three men were killed and 13 were injured. One of the rescuers was a nurse who had graduated from Reinhardt College.
Mayor says council has ‘sided with Chamber’
Mayor Weaver invited two members of the Economic Development Council, along with Gerry Nechvatal, to discuss Nechvatal's dismissal as economic development director.
If the first meeting under a new power structure at the city of Jasper is any indication of what’s to come, mayor and council have a long road ahead to work out kinks and calm tempers.
During council’s heated marathon March meeting on Monday, Mayor John Weaver used his gavel on numerous occasions to call order when conversation got intense during the more than three hours of discussion.
Right out of the gate, tension between the mayor and the council was apparent. It took council a full 15 minutes to get through the reading of last month’s minutes. Among issues council had with minutes included Sonny Proctor’s denied request to have an agenda item added about the city manager job description. Proctor said the mayor, who sets the agenda, told him the agenda was “too crowded.”
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Press Release Pickens County Sheriff's Office
Cherokee County, Ga. March 5, 2018>. [On February 12, 2018] Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 265 Flatbottom Trail in Ball Ground at 5:10 a.m. in reference to a residential alarm. While the deputy was enroute to the residence a call was received by Cherokee County 911 advising of a person shot at the residence. When deputies arrived on scene they located a male outside the residence with an injury to his face who was identified as Ronald Goss 53 years of age of Canton. Deputies then began to check the interior of the residence and located a>
Sheriff trash pickup to ramp up in spring
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Mike Haviland doing more than his share of roadside trash pickup on Smokey Hollow Road. He attributes the 68 bags of litter gathered last week to the 2.5 mile stretch of road never being picked up before.
At least twice a month Mike Haviland gets up-close and personal with a widespread litter problem that’s trashing county roadsides. In the last five years, Haviland, an Adopt-A-Road volunteer, has picked up 950 bags of garbage along Pickens Street and Apple Orchard Lane in Nelson – but he recently deviated from his routine.
The trash warrior set his sights on the junked-up Smokey Hollow Road in Tate where he collected 68 bags, or about one for every 30 feet of roadway, as well as 11 bags on Headstart Road in the same area. That volume is