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Local schools' statement on closure for remainder of academic year



Press Release from Pickens School District

On Wednesday, Governor Brian Kemp announced closures of all K-12 school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This announcement also cancels nearly all school events scheduled to occur this spring at Pickens County Schools. Included are most special events, extracurricular activities and community leases of school facilities. Decisions about graduation have not yet been made.

Read more: Local schools' statement on closure for remainder of academic year

County extends local state of emergency to April 30


 PRESS RELEASE PICKENS COUNTY GOVERNMENT - After reviewing the latest guidance from state and federal officials, and consulting with the Pickens County Board of Health, the Department of Public Health and Piedmont Mountainside Hospital officials, the Board of Commissioners has extended the local state of emergency and emergency ordinances enacted on March 24, 2020. This declaration will now be in effect through April 30, 2020 at 11:59pm. Please remember a few key items within the emergency ordinances:

Read more: County extends local state of emergency to April 30

Pandemic shakes up election year

All voters will get an absentee ballot application this year



Shelter-in-place orders and the threat of COVID-19 have caused unprecedented changes in our country, including huge changes to this year’s election cycle. As a result, all 6.9 million Georgia voters will receive an absentee ballot application so they can request to vote in the May 19 primary from the safety of their home. 

“Times of turbulence and upheaval like the one we Georgians face require decisive action if the liberties we hold so dear are to be preserved,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “The people of Georgia, from the earliest settlers to heroes like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Congressman John Lewis, have fought too long and too hard for their right to vote to have it curtailed.

Read more: Pandemic shakes up election year

Outdoor trail parks close over crowd concerns

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Two of the prime outdoor parks in Pickens County have closed after seeing large crowds there following the shelter-in-place order for this county.

Talking Rock Nature Preserve, across from Biguns BBQ on Highway 515, announced they were closing for the extent of the county’s shelter-in-place ordinance.

Bill Jones, of the park’s owner Southeast Trust for Parks and Land, said in an e-mail to board members  that reports of large crowds gathering in parking areas were not in line with the social distancing requirements.

Read more: Outdoor trail parks close over crowd concerns