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Jones wins re-election as commission chair

Incumbent Commission Chair Rob Jones handily won re-election Tuesday, making him the longest sitting top official in the modern history of this county.

Jones has previously won twice as sole commissioner and this marks twice as the commission chair. He defeated Bill Newton three of the times, including Tuesday where Jones took 2,384 votes to Newton’s 1,598.  Jones received 60 percent of the votes cast.

Following the outcome, Jones said “his job” is what he credits for his long popularity with voters. He said he has always worked hard for the county and treated everyone fairly and he believed that voters recognize that.

Dolly’s #1 fan’s dream comes true

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Samantha Keith, who has spina bifida, holds the letter she wrote Dolly Parton and a picture of her with the super star, taken this past March. In her 27 years, Keith has undergone 58 surgeries as a result of her medical condition, including emergency surgery the week following the interview for this article.

 

For Samantha Keith there’s no Dolly Parton song that’s better than another. 

Each is equally as stunning and on constant rotation in the car, in the shower, during therapy sessions, and any other place she can finagle a way to listen. 

  For this girl, Dolly’s self-proclaimed #1 Fan, nothing could top meeting the country music legend in person - and back in March she was able to do just that. 

PHS graduation this Saturday

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Full sized class photo with names of graduates below.

Also see shuttle information below.

 

Two hundred and sixty-six seniors will take their final high school walk Saturday morning during the Pickens High School commencement ceremony in Dragon Stadium. 

Graduation will begin at 9 a.m. on May 28th, recalling the class of 2016’s high school days while celebrating their future in college, the workforce, or the military. 

Memorial Day ceremony Monday in Jasper

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Memorial Day is a day our country has set aside as a holiday to remember all who gave their lives so that our great nation could continue to shine as a beacon of freedom, and all Americans could continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty. 

“On this day we should reaffirm the values that these men and women fought for that made this nation great.” 

These words were written by a member of Marine Corps League Det. #1280, one of the organizers of this year’s memorial day ceremony to be held at the Sunrise Memorial Gardens on Highway 53 in Jasper, across the street from McDonald’s (Please note that Google maps will not give you the correct address if you are planning to attend). 

Pickens’ buses safest in state

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Damon Howell / Photo
    Pickens Schools Bus Shop & Fleet Supervisor Tracy Allday, right, with his trusted team of technicians. Pictured are (l to r) Nathan Hamby, Joel Collis and Shane Chadwick, with Allday.

    Pickens parents who send their children to school on a bus can rest assured they’re in good hands, because the local system was the top ranking bus fleet in terms of safety in Georgia this year.
    “This is a great accomplishment,” Pickens Schools Director of Maintenance and Operations Stacey Gilleland told the school board at their recent meeting, May 12th.