A big crowd turned out for the Piedmont Village groundbreaking. Construction is underway, with streets and utilities in place. Pictured with shovels are (l to r) are Jasper City Manager Brandon Douglas, Pickens Chamber Executive Director Amberle Godfrey, Southern Investment Realty President Neil Hughes, Pickens Commission Chair Rob Jones, and Shelby Feinberg with Piedmont Residential. Developer Gary Copeland can be seen directly behind Feinberg.
City and county leaders and members of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce gathered Monday morning, June 17, to break ground on a large mixed-use development being touted as a “high-caliber legacy project” many say will positively impact development here.
The Piedmont Village development is located behind Piedmont Mountainside Hospital on Highway 515. The first phase includes 72 townhomes for residents 55 and up. Construction is already underway on this phase. Phase II includes an assisted living facility and more townhomes. Groundbreaking on Phase II is expected sometime next year. Phase III is a retail area that will include a town square, amphitheater, hotels, spas, trails, restaurants and additional medical outparcels.
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Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell testing one of the new thermometers on a car that had been sitting in one place all day Tuesday. Different temperature readings from the dash, console, and floorboard inside the car were all well over 100 degrees. Lovell said it had not been determined what temperature would be considered too hot for animals.
At their June meeting, Jasper City Council unanimously approved a graduated fine schedule for people who leave their dogs in cars that officers determine are too hot and dangerous.
Fines will be: First Offense - $50; Second Offense - $100; Third Offense - $150.
During hot summer months, the city police department and animal control office receive numerous calls reporting dogs left in parked vehicles. Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell said the new fines will give them a tool to address issues, but noted his department will use “lots of discretion.” The fine schedule will allow them to issue citations in certain
In the early days of Decoration, graves were decorated with live flowers or ones made with crepe paper. Today, nearly all the flowers used are artificial.
Decoration was held in Hinton last Sunday at the outdoor Arbor, a tradition that’s been around for many years in the patch of Pickens County’s west end that lays claim to being one of the oldest sites of the Christian religion here, pre-dating the creation of the county itself.
“For the second Sunday every June for as long as I can remember Decoration and Homecoming have been going on here,” said Johnny Barnes. Barnes is a life-long resident of Hinton and a retired FFA teacher.
Rec. Department vendor contract up for renewal
Pepsi has been the drink vendor for the Pickens County Recreation Department for three years. Coke was the department’s vendor for the five years prior. This is one of several vending machines they provide at the Pickens Community Center and at Roper Park.
The Pickens County Recreation department is considering annual contract proposals from Coke and Pepsi, both of which want to provide drinks and vending machines for their 2019/2020 season.
Recreation Director Brian Jones presented proposals to commissioners at their June work session, who will make their decision at the regular meeting.
Part I of a three-part series about the iconic Summer of '69 on its 50 year anniversary.
By Larry Cavender
It was the dawning of the "Age of Aquarius"!
At least, that was the promise proclaimed in the words of a song topping the charts 50 years ago.
The song, "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In," had been number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for eight consecutive weeks, finally dropping from the top spot on June 3rd, 1969. The lyrics of the song by the popular singing group, the Fifth Dimension, declared the Age of Aquarius would begin, "When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will rule the planets, and love will steer the stars."
See Part I in this week's edition, followed by Parts II and III in the next two editions.