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Eight year tax dispute finally settled; costs county $160,000

        A tax dispute that stretches back eight years was settled in mediation November 14, with the total cost to the county exceeding $160,000 for legal fees and other costs.

The settlement is the culmination of years of back-and-forth between property owners Jack and Annette Williams and the Pickens County Tax Assessor’s Office. The Williamses, who own a large home on Firetower Road, have filed appeals on their property value every year since 2011.

Read more: Eight year tax dispute finally settled; costs county $160,000

The Grandview Hotel, Pickens’ grande dame of lodging

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The Grandview Hotel was three stories high and had twenty-one rooms. After purchasing the hotel for $1,000 and restoring it, W. H. "Bill" Jones eventually sold the property to the Salvation Army, and for a time, the hotel structure was incorporated into part of Camp Grandview. Photo courtesy of Peggy Petty.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer


Ever since travelers stopped for overnight rests at taverns scattered along the Old Federal Road nearly 200 years ago, Pickens County has had a tradition of unique lodging establishments.

Among some of the more notable ones was Jasper's Lenning Hotel just north of downtown, which eventually became the Woodbridge Inn, and is recognizable to almost all Pickens countians. Then there are those lost to history that few people in this area can remember. There was, at one time, Pickens County's contribution to the new motoring hostelry industry of the 1950s and '60s, the motel. Archer's Court, constructed of flagstone, once stood at the corner of East Church Street and Burnt Mountain Road in Jasper where Walgreen's Pharmacy is today.

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Lions' Fill-A-Stocking in full swing


Jasper Lions have been working hard getting ready for their annual Fill-a-Stocking program. Over the years the Lions have provided Christmas for thousands of children in Pickens County. Applications are available at DFACS, Headstart, First Baptist Church Preschool, Harmony Elementary, Hill City Elementary, Tate Elementary, Jasper Middle, and Pickens County Junior High.  The deadline for applications is Friday, December 13.  

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Jasper man sentenced for 2017 preschool bomb threat

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Pickens Sheriff Book in photo of Vinh Bao Chau.


Press Release from

U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office


GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Vinh Bao Chau, 23, of Jasper, has been sentenced for communicating a bomb threat to a church preschool, cyberstalking of a woman who refused to date him, and interstate communication of a threat.

  Chau was arrested in March of 2017 at his home on Matthews Road in Jasper after calling a bomb threat to the preschool of the Jasper First Baptist.

The Progress reported at that time that when law enforcement identified Chau for the preschool threat, they found the  2015 Pickens High School graduate already had a warrant for terroristic threats in Gordon County.

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

County recycling center to relocate

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Commissioners Jerry Barnes, Becky Denney and Rob Jones at what will soon be the county's new recycling center. 

The county’s entire recycling and trash operation at the Camp Road location will relocate to property off Appalachian Court, which was recently home to Self Recycling. 

Commissioners, who approved purchase of the 18 acres and a 28,000 square foot building at their Thursday, Nov. 21 meeting, met on site the next day to give a tour of the facility. Commissioners believe moving the recycling facility to the more secluded location off Highway 515 north of Walmart is a huge improvement from Camp Road, which is cramped and has a difficult time accommodating traffic,

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