A lawsuit over the Big Canoe preferred builders program is set to open in Pickens Superior Court later this month after a judge denied the order for summary judgement on February 28th.
The suit filed on behalf of three homeowners challenges that the Big Canoe Company received commissions from builders that were on the “preferred builders list” and in two cases required people buying in the gated community to use those builders, but did not scrutinize the builders they recommended.
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Front (left to right): Aiden Daves, Dylan Lo, Grayson Ludington (Team Captain), Jayden Greer, Ada Keener, Julie Hermann. Back (left to right): Suzanne Hardison (Coach), Mariah Clayton, Alyssa Caylor, Lilly Tartt, Sara Kate Smith, Ruth Parker (Coach).
Submitted by Hill City
Elementary Media Specialist Suzanne Hardison
Congratulations to this amazing group of Hill City Elementary students! They achieved a 3rd place victory at the North Divisional Competition of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl held at Southwest DeKalb High School on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
In a surpise announcement, Sav-A-Lot on East Church Street in Jasper will close its doors for the last time at the end of the business day, Saturday, March 3. See full story in this week's Progress. Above, some of the 11-year-old store's last customers on Friday, March 2.
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Dr. Mike Shearer treating a stand of hemlock trees. This begins his months-long endeavor to save as many trees from insect infestation as he can.
It was a warm, sunny afternoon in February, ideal weather for the first day of Dr. Mike Shearer’s busy season.
“I’ll be working almost every day from now until it starts to slow down in June,” Shearer said at a Pickens home where he was treating Canadian hemlocks, a native species in danger of extinction from the hemlock woolly adelgid.
The aphid-like insect feeds on sap at the base of the hemlock’s needles, which eventually turn brown and fall off. The trees starve to death over the next three to five years.
If you see something say something, don’t post something, says sheriff
Sheriff officials said Tuesday they are reviewing the procedures they follow with school threats after an investigation last week sparked a panic among some parents.
Sheriff Donnie Craig and Captain Kris Stancil said the sheriff’s office, which commands the school resource officers, is regularly training and assessing school safety and has really increased their efforts this year with input from Superintendent Carlton Wilson and the school board. “We had really picked up the pace and this was before the Florida shootings,” said Craig.
[The school district also released a statement on security which appears at the bottom of this article.]
For the physical layout/structure of the schools, Craig said they identified some weak points where they want to make changes but would not publicly identify any until after they have been corrected.