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Chandler Smith sets record winning fourth pole position in a row

smith wins 4th pole

        This past weekend Chandler Smith and his Venturinni Motor Sports ARCA team took on the Madison Wisconsin 1/2 mile track. Coming off a history making three poles in a row performance at Toledo Ohio a few weeks ago, it was time to try and beat his own record.

After leading practice, it was time to qualify. When it was all over, Chandler broke his own ARCA record and won his 4th pole in a row. Winning the pole was great but Chandler wanted a win. At the start of the race Chandler lead a few laps before radioing his crew chief letting him know that his right front wheel was loose. Having to pit put Chandler behind running 15th and way behind. Knowing he had a great car, Chandler slowly but surely picked off his competitors one by one. By lap 103

Schools serving free lunch for kids this summer

school lunch program

Food Service Employee Jennifer Hoffard and school bus driver Randy Baker serve free lunches to kids at Mountainside Manor Apartments. All Pickens County kids age 2-18 can get free lunches this summer through a federal program.  


If you’ve been at Mountainside Apartments, the rec. center at Roper Park, or Hill City Elementary around lunchtime, you may have seen kids lined up at a bus to get a sack lunch. 

If you’re a parent and wondered who these mysterious people are giving food to kids, it’s nothing to be leery of. It’s called “Seamless Summer” and is a federally funded program that offers free lunch to any child in the county age 2-18. The Pickens County School System qualifies for the program because over 50 percent (52 percent) of its student body are on free or reduced lunch.

Work to begin soon on four signal upgrades in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties


     ELLIJAY, Ga. - Work could begin soon on a signal upgrade project in at various location in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties. Georgia DOT has just awarded a contract to World Fiber Technologies, LLC. of Land O Lake, Florida, valued at close to a million dollars for a construction project to upgrade the signals at four intersections in these three counties. The project includes a complete signal upgrade with pedestrian accommodation for every intersection. This would bring these intersections up to ADA requirements and replace old signal parts in place. The four intersections are at the following locations:

Jasper seeks to double wastewater treatment

city water treatment plant

Progress file photo

An earlier shot of the city’s wastewater plant. The city is beginning work on a plan to expand it greatly in the next several years.

Interim City Manager Jim Looney and Water Department Superintendent David Hall met with engineer Ben Turnipseed Friday to discuss what will be needed to see Jasper’s sewage capacity doubled over the next several years.

All members of the council and mayor had been invited to the meeting on short notice, but none were able to attend. Looney said several council members had been away on summer vacations. 

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

Murder conviction upheld for man who killed girlfriend's toddler



The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled against the Clayton County Board of Tax Assessors and upheld a trial court’s ruling that a concessionaire who leases space at the Atlanta airport is not required to pay ad valorem property taxes to the County.

In today’s unanimous decision, written by Justice Robert Benham, the high court has rejected the County’s assertion that a contract between the City of Atlanta and a private business for the lease of retail space at the airport creates a taxable interest subject to ad valorem taxation by Clayton County.

The City of Atlanta owns the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but portions of the airport – including the portions at issue in this case – are located in Clayton County outside city limits. The City of Atlanta grants concessionaires the right to use portions of the airport to operate businesses that serve the airport’s patrons.