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Voters are getting a strong head start on the May 24 primary election, with the local elections office reporting a good turnout the first few days of early voting, which runs May 2 through May 20.
“It’s been very good so far,” said Pickens County Board of Elections & Registration Supervisor Julianne Roberts, who reported 85 voters by mid-afternoon the first day of early voting and 160 by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The local Republican party is conducting a straw poll for preferences in local and state races through May 13th.
The link directly to the survey is www.surveymonkey.com/r/5X5J2MZ
The poll asks for the respondent’s preference in all the local races: Commission Chair, Coroner, Tax Commissioner and Board of Education Post 1 as well as pertinent state offices and congressional races.
New Postmaster Michael Jordan with his wife and daughter.
Michael Jordan officially took over as the Jasper postmaster on April 30. Jordan will have worked for the United States Post office for 21 years in November.
He started right out of high school in Woodstock. He has worked at different locations and was the postmaster in Rydal for the last two years. He has been married to wife Melissa for 20 years has a daughter Tiffany, who is 19. The family lives in Ball Ground.
“If I could get them back I would cry a big puddle right here on the floor,” said former inmate whose dogs were taken
Allen Peardon wants his dogs back. Buddy and Ching Ching are pictured above.
What happens to pets when owners are put in jail? One Pickens resident had two dogs, Buddy and Ching Ching, taken by animal control when he was incarcerated. A neighbor complained about dogs running loose and the shelter picked them up like they would any other stray. The Pickens County Animal Shelter director said they are willing to work with pet owners in these cases, but they need to be contacted and made aware of the situation.
Read more comments from shelter director and find out about the man's efforts to get Buddy and Ching Ching home in this week's print or online editions.