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Developers want to break ground on massive mixed-use project by year’s end

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Design Plan presented to Jasper Planning Commission

Piedmont Village must gain a Planned Unit Development zoning, and be approved for land disturbing and building permits before construction can begin.

 Jasper Planning Commission paved the way for a large, mixed-used community behind Piedmont Mountainside Hospital with a recommendation for rezoning for the parcel at their September 25th meeting.

Read the rest of this story in our e-edition this week.

Free child dental care Feb. 2nd

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       Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center is offering free dental care for kids this Friday, Feb. 2 as part of the nationwide American Dental Association Foundation’s Give-Kids-A-Smile event. 

Evaluations and treatments are given on a first-come-first-serve basis, but all children will at least be screened for a future appointment. 

“I’m going to do whatever I need to do based on the needs of the child,” said Good Sam’s Dental Director Dr. James Talbot. “That could be cleanings, fillings, we will assess the situation. All children will be screened though.” 

Read more: Free child dental care Feb. 2nd

Nechvatal may be out as Econ. Developer


     The joint Pickens County and Jasper economic development advisory council voted last Wednesday to relieve Gerry Nechvatal as economic developer. Nechvatal also serves as the Chamber president and will continue in that role.

  However, it was unclear whether this economic council has the authority to have the final say. Some council members say they believe so, but commission chair Rob Jones, who sits on the council, said he isn’t sure.

     See full story in this week's print or online edition

Haven the Mighty undergoes risky surgery

Girl with rare disorders has ‘series of unfortunate events,’ says mom


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Jessica Sims / Photo

Haven Sims, who maintains a smiling disposition despite her long list of medical problems, has just undergone at least the 10th surgery in her life. Her mom, Jessica, is trying to stay afloat in the midst of the chaos. 


Earlier this year, the community was introduced to Haven Sims, a little girl who has been through more in her seven years than most adults have in a lifetime.    

When she was just an infant, Haven was diagnosed with a disorder called VACTERL Association. This condition affects her spine, heart, veins and arteries, limbs, kidneys and brain. Her arteries don’t let enough oxygen in her body or let her blood flow normally so she tires easily. She gets kidney infections. She has malformed feet and vision and hearing problems. 

Read more: Haven the Mighty undergoes risky surgery

Three most seasoned school board members up for election



Three Pickens County Board of Education seats are up for election. These seats are currently held by the most tenured members of the school board - chair Daniel Bell, Post 2; Bryon Long, Post 3; and vice chair Delane Lewis, Post 5.

At their January board meeting, Bell announced that he will not seek reelection. Bell said the demands of the position are extremely time consuming and he would like to spend more time with his family. Bell has two children in the public school system.

Delane Lewis and Bryon Long could not be reached before press time for comment about their plans for the upcoming election, but board member Katherine White released a statement regarding Bell’s announcement.

Read more: Three most seasoned school board members up for election