The Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named State Representative Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper) as the Chairman of the House Education Committee. Rep. Jasperse will also serve as a member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, Health, Human Relations & Aging, Public Safety & Homeland Security, Regulated Industries, Higher Education, and Agriculture committees.
“I am very honored to be the Chairman of a committee that touches every Georgian in so many ways. During my time in the Legislature I have worked hard to be on committees that are important to the people I
The location of the original 50 acres that will hopefully become a part of the Ball Ground Nature Preserve is shown here on this map (marked by diagonal lines, just right of center). Planned access will be from both Calvin Farmer Park and Roberts Lake Road, which intersects Gilmer Ferry Road near the Wheeler House. The preserve will extend to the rear of properties located in the Preserve at Long Swamp subdivision east of town.
By Larry Cavender
"There are a lot of moving parts and dotted lines have not yet been signed," said Ball Ground City Clerk Karen Jordan about the possibility of the town getting a nature preserve. When she was asked the chances of such a valuable asset coming to the community, Jordan replied, "I'm 99.9 percent sure it will happen."
In a recent statement released by City Manager Eric Wilmarth, he stated, "Mayor Roberts and the Ball Ground Council have identified the acquisition of additional greenspace and park land as a top priority for the city." He added, "We are working towards accomplishing those goals and we have made significant progress in our efforts to add two additional 50 acre tracts of permanent greenspace to the city parks inventory."
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Former Pickens bank president Dennis Burnette and Polycor plant manager Catherine Fortin present Georgia governor Brian Kemp with a marble nameplate.
Submitted by Dennis Burnette
Following his inauguration, Governor Brian Kemp was presented with the official nameplate for the governor of the state of Georgia. The nameplate is solid white Georgia marble and inlaid with the state seal and lettering in gold leaf. The lettering reads, “Brian P. Kemp, 83rd Governor State of Georgia.”
The presentation was made by Catherine Fortin, manager of Polycor’s Georgia Marble in Tate, and Dennis Burnette, a retired banker and former resident of Pickens County.
From Pickens Schools
Now that it seems we have definitely entered into winter, the Pickens County School District wants to make sure you are aware of how we will proceed in case of inclement weather. Our number one priority is to make sure our students and staff are safe.
At the beginning of every school year, each parent completes a form where a choice is made regarding what your child will do in case school is released early. Should school ever be released early, your child will go home based on your selection on the form. Following this procedure allows us to account for all students and make sure they are safe, which is the most important part of what we do.
The county spread 18,000 gallons of their own brine Monday ahead of an expected snow. While the weather took a turn for the better, the test run was still judged a success.
The first snow of the season turned out to be less of a snow, more of a wet mess – but the winter weather “event” still gave the county an opportunity to test its new brine making equipment with “better than expected” results.
“It went extremely well,” said Pickens Commission Chair Rob Jones. “Much better than expected.”
In just four hours on Monday morning, crews put down 18,000 gallons of brine on dozens of the busiest county roads. They started treatment on school property, the hospital, county buildings, and moved on to