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County seeks public input for planning survey


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   An unexpectedly large and enthusiastic crowd turned out for the first meeting on the Comprehensive Plan update May 2. However, some there worried that interest will wane with the process that will last into 2018. Find full coverage of the meeting in the print or online editions. 


     Pickens County elected officials have stated that anyone interested in unincorporated Pickens County may serve on the stakeholders committee. Elected officials from Jasper and other cities will be able to choose committee members representing the cities. 

      Many thanks to Judge Wigington and his staff for putting together this online form below to be filled out if you are interested in being a committee member. Please click on this link below and fill out the form on or before May 19. 


      The May 2 kick-off meeting was a successful start – we were glad to have approximately 45 participants.

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Confederate grave marked at Long Swamp Church


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Dan Pool / Photo The grave of a Civil War veteran was marked in a ceremony featuring re-enactors Saturday at Long Swamp Church.

       Descendants of P.N. Herendon, along with members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans assembled Saturday to mark the Civil War veteran’s grave at Long Swamp Baptist Church.

Herendon was a private in the 107th Ga. Militia during the War Between the States and later operated a wagon store in this area, traveling to homesteads in the later 1800s. (Herendon’s family name has changed somewhat through the years, with many descendants now spelling it Herndon.)

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New owner of local Coca-Cola franchise plans bigger community presence

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         The new owners of the Jasper Coca-Cola bottling franchise plan to expand their community presence. Employees Gabriel Howard & JJ Davis on the job.

      Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., announced today it closed the transaction with The Coca-Cola Company to expand its franchise territory into the Jasper area. 

This transaction follows Coca-Cola UNITED’s December 2015 announcement in which it signed Letters of Intent with The Coca-Cola Company for the acquisition of the Jasper distribution territory, along with seven other territories in Georgia, including Atlanta.

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Driver dies following deer collision in Ball Ground

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  Just after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle accident on Conns Creek Road near Moody Road in Ball Ground.

   A Jeep Wrangler driven by Danny Barnes, 56 years old of Ball Ground, struck a deer causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and roll down an embankment. Barnes died from injuries sustained in the accident after being partially ejected from the Jeep Wrangler.

   There were no passengers in the vehicle. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the accident.


GBI warns of deadly opioids causing overdose deaths


17 deaths this year attributed to synthetic opiods


Decatur, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is issuing a public safety alert regarding illegal synthetic opioids.  In the last four months, 17 deaths have been caused by the drugs U-47700 and/or furanyl fentanyl, equal to the number for all of 2016.  

U-47700 and furanyl fentanyl are both Schedule I drugs and used in the same manner as heroin.  U-47700 has a street name of “pink.”

Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical treatment use in the United States. The drugs are distributed in either powder or tablet form.

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