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!
A great deal of activity is ongoing across the county a testament to the pretty weather and good economic times. Pickens County Government is experiencing no shortage of these activities:
-The SPLOST (Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax) renovation of Old Grandview Fire Station 5-2 was completed. The renovation brought the station up to current standards, and will allow for more efficient service to the area. Additionally, construction is now underway for Pickens County Fire Station #12 located off Carlan Road. The bid was awarded to local contractor Jimmy Stewart who submitted the low bid.
-During the month of April, the 911 Operations Center received 1,644 total calls, 487 were medical responses, and 279 were fire related.
-The Water Department installed eight new meters. They also continue to work on the water line extension on Jones Mountain Road.
-The Department of Planning and Development issued 58 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 61 animals, and 61 animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 28 cases.
-The Road Department has been performing routine maintenance, and is prepping roads for the upcoming paving season. Paving bids were submitted to the county and are expected to be awarded to the low bidder at the May 17th Commissioner’s Meeting. The paving contract is funded through the LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) and SPLOST dollars. 62 roads will be paved through this paving project.
-The Recreation Department is concluding successful baseball, softball, and t-ball seasons. The PCRD swimming pool is scheduled to open on May 29th. PCRD will also offer Summer Camp beginning on May 29th. The Camp is open Monday thru Friday from 7am-6pm (closed the week of July 4th). The cost is $25 per day or $75 per week, for additional information about Summer Camp or concerning the swimming pool contact PCRD at 706-253-8862.
Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do an excellent 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!
By: Tucker Green – Pickens County Public Information Officer
Earlier tonight, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Panthers of Ridgeland in the most important region game of the season. Coming into the ball game, Pickens held the 5th spot in the standings at 4-8 while the Panthers came in a game behind at 3-9. Prior to the game, seniors Mgr. Tucker Green, D.J. Walden, Sam Davis, Tyler Garner, Holden Roop, Trent Rizoti, & Walker Lawrence were honored.
In the opening quarter, things did not get off on the right foot for Pickens as Ridgeland shot out to and 8-0 lead. The Dragons however got back into it as the quarter progressed and found themselves down 5 going to the 2nd, 22-17. In the 2nd, both teams traded buckets back and forth. Both teams tied in the quarter with 13 a piece and Ridgeland led it going to the half, 35-30.
In the 3rd, both teams again remained tight. Both teams scored 12 points and we headed to the 4th with the Panthers still in front, 47-42. The 4th and final quarter saw crazy action. Ridgeland held an 11 point lead late in the game, but Pickens did not give up. with less than ten seconds left, and down 2, the Dragons thought they caused a turnover but would be called for a foul instead and the Panthers knocked down two free throws to seal a win, 67-63.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Holden Roop: 31 points, 4 assists, & 2 rebounds
Trent Rizoti: 11 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal
Avery Luke: 10 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal
Tyler Garner: 6 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal
Joseph Gossett: 3 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound
Walker Lawrence had 2 points, & 1 rebound, & Blake Gorth had 1 assist & 4 rebounds.
With the loss, the Dragons and Panthers are now tied for the 5th spot in the region standings at 4-9. Both teams have a game on Thursday where Ridgeland will take on the Heritage Generals on the road while the Dragons will host 515 rival Gilmer Bobcats in a make up game. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Earlier this evening, the PHS football team held it’s anual end of year banquet at Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper. A huge turnout crowd got to reflect and honor the players, coaches, cheerleaders, and everyone involved in what was another great season for PHS football.
Head coach Chris Parker welcomed everyone, said a few words, and then invited the cheerleading coaches up to honor both JV and Varsity squads. The coaches said a few words, then all the cheerleaders, from freshman to senior, were recognized and presented with their letter. The senior cheerleaders then presented their coaches with gifts and said a few words expressing gratitude for all they have done for them.
Then, it was the managers and underclassmen football players turn to be recognized as coach Parker called them up to the stage starting with the freshman and ending with the juniors. As each class stood before the audience, coach Parker talked to the crowd about them and how they’ve done this season and what he expects in the season to come. For the seniors, coach Parker wanted to try something different.
Coach Parker asked the seniors to come up and say something about a coach of their choice. The coaches then had their chance to say something about the senior players. There were also several awards handed out this evening. Here are the winners:
Golden Helmet Award (MVP) Sr. Andrew Ortiz
Academic Award: Sr. Austin Massey
Ironman Award: Sr. Walker Lawrence
Jim Locke Award: Sr. Caleb Brooks
Team Captains: Zach Betts, Walker Lawrence, Jacob Pair, & Kyle West
The final award was the PHS Touchdown Club Scholarship. This is given to a senior player who has played all four years, had no major school incidents, & write an essay detailing how much football means to them. The players awarded this scholarship were:
Kyle West, Tucker Green, Billy Reed, Austin Massey, Jacob Pair, Zach Henley, Bradley Ragano, Jake Campbell, Marcus Byrd, Dillon Eilers, Zach Betts, Zach Hermann, Caleb Brooks, & Dillin Gasaway.
Congrats to everyone involved that made this a great season for PHS football.