The fall season is approaching and for locals we know that means the Georgia Marble Festival is
coming soon! A local favorite that brings in travelers from all corners of life to the marble capital
on the first weekend of October. The two-day festival will consist of: art and craft vendors, a free
children’s fun zone, delicious food, local art displays, musical entertainment, quarry tours, and
much more. The festival will take place on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th from
10am until 6pm. The festival parade will be Saturday at 10 am on Main Street. Also, on Saturday
a free concert by local stars will take place on Main Street starting at 6:30 pm. If you’re interested
in being a festival vendor, sponsor, volunteer, or parade participant contact the Chamber of
Commerce at 706-692-5600.
The month of September is National Preparedness Month. Pickens County Emergency
Management encourages all citizens to have an emergency plan for your home. Make sure that
everyone who lives in your home knows the plan. Have a small gathering of necessities on hand
always like: medications, first aid kit, small tool kit, flashlight, batteries, food, and bottled water.
All citizens are encouraged to sign up for free Code Red Weather Warnings at
pickenscountyga.gov and follow Pickens County GA Emergency Preparedness on Facebook for
updates. Also, the annual flu shot clinic for Pickens County residents 18 and up will be on
Tuesday, September 25th 8:30 am until 3:00 pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
During the month of August, Public Works completed tar and graveling: Jordan Road,
Thomason Road, Pettit Road, and Evans Road. They will soon be tar and graveling Rocky Ridge
Road. Subcontractor paving crews resurfaced: Hyde Road, Eaton Road, and Mockingbird Lane.
The crews are currently resurfacing the final phase of the 2018 paving contract and it should be
complete within the next two weeks. Public Works will be resurfacing Harrington Road, Pea
Ridge Road, and a portion of Fortner Road in the coming months. PCRD is now offering
basketball registration through October 14th. Instructional league (4-6 years old) costs $35, all
other leagues (7-8 years old and above) costs $75. Late registration will be available October 15-
17 with a $10 late fee. During August, the 911 Operations Center received 1,716 total calls, 748
were medical responses and fire related. The Water Department installed 11 new meters. The
Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 88 new animals, and 103 animals went out through various
forms of adoption. Animal control responded to 21 cases. The Pickens County government
departments continue to stay busy working for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens
County Board of Commissioners continue to do a great job of leading these efforts. As work
progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments.
Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!