Harper, 5, is all smiles with this Nigerian Dwarf Goat, which was perfectly content being held.
You’d think a gaggle of energetic, talkative, grabby children would put farm animals on edge – but a petting zoo menagerie at the Pickens County Library last week was noticeably unaffected.
Thursday, July 22, kids (mostly pre and elementary-school aged, with a few older ones peppered in the mix) would brush, pet, pick-up, hug, and talk to the animals in rapid-fire, and slightly chaotic, succession. The tiny Nigerian Dwarf goats let out the occasional high-pitched “baaaa” as kids with Cheshire grins swooped them up - but they didn’t try to wriggle free, instead laying more or less still and content. A Shetland sheep munched lazily on grass while they rubbed his coarse, dreaded coat. The Lionhead rabbit managed to take on an even more relaxed
By Dave Williams
Capitol Beat News Service
ATLANTA - Georgia House Speaker David Ralston will ask House budget writers this winter to earmark $75 million for additional law enforcement and mental health services.
Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, made the announcement Wednesday during a speech at the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council Summer Training Conference on Jekyll Island.
“We owe it to our communities to bolster law enforcement and mental health services in a time when some areas of our state are seeing a dramatic increase in crime and the number of individuals in need of mental health care,” he said. “This proposal is one I am proud to offer and the House of Representatives will stand firmly behind when we consider it as part of our 2022 budget process.”
Beginning next week, Pickens roads will be a little more congested in the mornings and afternoons as students return for the 2021-2022 school year.
Total enrollment for the system is 4,133. Of that, there are 500 students enrolled at Harmony Elementary; 558 at Hill City Elementary; 471 at Tate Elementary; 589 at Jasper Middle; 669 at Pickens Junior High; and 1,346 at Pickens High (see grade level break down 3B).
In a press release sent out last week, Pickens Superintendent Tony Young announced school will open and operate under pre-pandemic guidelines, including no precautionary quarantines.
The pickleball group in Bent Tree. Other active groups play in Jasper, Big Canoe, Ball Ground and Ellijay and welcome new players to this fast-growing sport.
By Steve Lowe
The Joy House
Get out of the kitchen. That’s not a rebuke from your mom, but it’s something you may hear during a pickleball game.
You also will learn about the dink, 3rd shot drop and, of course the slam. I’ve become an avid pickleball player over the past three to four years along with other great friends in Pickens. Let me briefly introduce you to the fastest growing recreational sport in America and share some reasons myself and others love this game.
First, what is it? It has nothing to do with a pickle. Here is a great definition from pickleballexperts.com “Pickleball is best described as a combination of badminton, ping-pong, and tennis. You can play indoors or
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This driver, who followed instructions to drive slowly through the construction zone on Gennett Drive in Jasper, gets a wave from Flagger Force's field specialist Daeshawn Covington. "I rock my paddle back and forth because it's going to help get their attention." These crews have been seen around town for months as part of Georgia Power’s Grid Investment Plan project. Ever wonder what these workers think about all day while they direct traffic? See a related story on Page 10B that delves into the day-to-day life of a flagger.
It’s been about 10 months since Georgia Power work began in Pickens for the company’s Grid Investment Plan, a statewide project to put powerlines underground and “enhance service and reliability in communities across Georgia.”
Georgia Power is investing $1.3 billion over the next three years as the initial phase of the multi-year project. But after so many months of construction, local motorists have grown weary of traffic delays. Work has recently