After being on and off again for two years, work started last week on planned mountain biking trails in the Talking Rock Preserve on Highway 515 near the Gilmer line. Bill Jones, the executive director of the land trust who owns the 210 acres, said their Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land will fund the five-miles of trail. Flagging was in the works last week. Earth could be moved within six weeks and the trail ready to ride by fall.
The trail is being developed as “family friendly,” something mostly missing in this area and could be a substantial draw to the county. “We think having fives miles of new trails and basic parking is enough to get started and then think about the rest,” Jones said. “We will learn a lot from having the trails in use.”
Jones, at left in photo, said the sudden activity came as a result of finding a new contractor, Ken Nix of Ellijay, shown at right.
The four purple dots indicate stream sites being monitored for Pickens County.
On a scale of one to 10 Catherine Fox, the senior scientist with an environmental firm that monitors water quality at sites across Georgia, rates streams in Pickens County as top notch.
“I’d give them a nine,” said Fox, whose company has monitored four stream sites for Pickens County government since last year. “They’re among the best.”
Fox also gave Pickens leaders kudos for going above and beyond what they are required to do for water quality monitoring and reporting.
By Linda Erbele
White County News
Reprinted with permission from White County News
A Pickens County man was convicted in White County Superior Court Jan. 17 of two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a Helen tourist that occurred August 2014.
The shooting ended the life of 68-year-old May Araim, of Houston, Texas. Araim, who was visiting Helen with her nephew, Mohammed Araim, and his family. An Iraqi native, Araim had passed the citizenship test in Houston and was 11 days from taking the oath to become a U.S. citizen.
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Employment benefits of Georgia film industry
Kathryn Ingall, The Cherokee Tribune / Photo Pickens residents Jeff and Rhonda Stancil, right, as extras in “Hidden Figures,” which was filmed in part in Canton. Being an extra or crew member gives employment opportunities in Georgia’s film industry.
Beyond the $2.2 billion in direct retail spending generated by Georgia’s new film industry, locals can get involved – and get paid – to be extras and work as crew members on the nearly 250 films produced in the state each year.
Pickens resident Jeff Stancil, who retired as site manager from the Chief Vann House in 2013, jumped on the extras bandwagon and in just under two years has participated in 40 some odd productions.
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STAR Students seated and their selected teacher standing behind them (l-r):
Kelsey Wise - Gail Culbreth
Mary Zuidema - Cheryl Carter
Laura Henke - Lisa Hardman
Sierra Stanfield - Seanna Thompson
Kyle Combs - Angela Quarles
Roman Tapia - Robbie Cheatham
Michael Jorgensen - Rodney Martin
Danielle O'Dell - Lynn Cantrell
Not pictured - Jackson Melton - Valerie Boehm