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Jasper Council votes no to New Year’s party


         Partying local for New Year’s Eve won’t be an option this year after Jasper City Council voted 3-2 against funding the annual celebration, which would have been its fifth year. 

The vote came after a brief presentation from city employee Lonnie Waters, who heads up planning for the event. Waters told council the celebration would cost around $25,000, about what it had in years past. That price included fireworks, DJ, children’s activities, and city employee salaries. 

     See full story in this week's print and online editions. 

Sneve and Proctor win Jasper council seats; Green wins Nelson mayoral race

Anne Sneve easily cruised to a third term on the Jasper City Council Tuesday, defeating Ryan O’Dea 222 to 99.

   Dr. Sonny Proctor won his first full term in a hotly contested race, defeating Doug Patterson 236 to 198.

   Following the results, Sneve said she was honored to be returned by the voters for another term. 

   Proctor said that it had been a hard fought battle and “we raised some exciting issues that we can work on together.”

   Patterson congratulated Proctor, saying simply that he had tried and had “enjoyed the experience.”

   O’Dea congratulated  the victors, saying that he will always be there if the city needs him.

  In Nelson, Sylvia Green won the mayoral race over Mike Haviland 81 to 56.

  In a special election for an unexpired term on the Nelson Council Kelsey Riehl won over Lamar Kellett.

  In the regular race Chad Green and James Queen were the top two vote getters, winning seats.

Charges reinstated for Waffle House chair's housekeeper, rules Supreme Court





Published Thursday, November 2, 2017


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            The Supreme Court of Georgia has reinstated three of four criminal charges against the former housekeeper of Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers, Jr. regarding secret video recordings of sexual liaisons between the woman and her boss.

            The Fulton County Superior Court had thrown out all the charges against Mye Brindle and her attorneys, David Cohen and John Butters, for their roles in allegedly conspiring to video record – and actually recording – Rogers and Brindle engaging in sex acts without Rogers’ knowledge. But in today’s unanimous opinion, written by Presiding Justice Harold Melton, the high court has reversed that ruling in part and reinstated the charges of conspiracy to commit unlawful surveillance and conducting unlawful

Read more: Charges reinstated for Waffle House chair's housekeeper, rules Supreme Court

Jasper woman dies in Reinhardt College Pwky. crash

Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office


Cherokee County, Ga. November 7, 2017.  Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident Tuesday morning at 7:33 a.m. on Reinhardt College Parkway in the area of Greeley Drive.  When deputies arrived on scene they found a silver Dodge Durango was traveling southbound on Reinhardt College Pkwy and left the roadway striking a tree.  The driver, Jennifer Allgood 29 years of age of Jasper, was declared deceased at the scene.  The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is continuing the investigation into the cause of the accident.

FFA’s Emma Long competes at national convention


Emma Long performs her original song “Sacred Ground,” on the big stage at Bankers Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Submitted by Cassidy Byess

Agriculture Teacher & FFA Advisor

Pickens High School

National FFA Convention is the annual convention held each year in Indianapolis. It is the one time each year that thousands of FFA members from across the country congregate together to compete in competitions, attend workshops, and listen in to awesome and inspirational sessions put on by the National FFA Officer Team. 

Mr. Jason Cantrell, Ms. Cassidy Byess, and Ms. Emma Long and her parents attended the convention this year. Emma was one of 48 FFA members from across the country to get picked to compete in the National Talent Contest. Emma is the fourteen year old daughter of Greg and Ann Long. She is involved in SGA as well as several other clubs at PHS. She loves to sing and show sheep through FFA. She was excited to showcase her talent through FFA this year at National Convention, building upon her success from this past year when she won the Georgia FFA Talent Contest! [Watch video from performance here]

Everyone arrived to the convention on Tuesday afternoon and Emma prepared to compete in the first round of the contest. She sang “Georgia Clay,” an original song written by Emma. The next morning Emma found out that she made the first round cut and she would sing on the big stage for round two. On Thursday, Emma competed once again and did an outstanding job as she sang another original entitled, “Sacred Ground.” Emma was one of the top fifteen members in the talent contest, which is a huge accomplishment for the young FFA member from PHS. Friday night, Emma sang the National Anthem at the rodeo and she even got to perform before the show as well Emma represented Pickens County FFA as well as the entire state of Georgia as she showcased her talent! We are excited to see how far she will go next year!