• Pickens plans back to school with a focus on flexibility and safety

    Despite ever-changing information, Rick Townsend, Superintendent of Pickens County Schools, is confident they have a good plan to resume school on August 3. Townsend said as a system, they had to consider what the ideal would be as well as what was practical and by putting teams in place to analyze both aspects, combined with […]

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  • Townsend, school officials answer virtual questions

    Parents turned out to learn about the virtual academy Pickens County Schools is offering for students. The platform is through Pearson Connexus, which offers services for 80,000 students across the country. The school system hosted a Zoom meeting with parents and Pearson representatives to see the platform and learn how students and parents would access […]

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  • Pickens Board of Elections weighs options for next elections

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    The Pickens County Board of Elections is gearing up for the August 11 run-off but anticipate a much smaller turnout than for the primaries and general election in November. The Board of Elections met Monday to discuss both elections and what changes to expect. Brad Raffensberger, the Georgia Secretary of State, has told election officials […]

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  • PCS to host Zoom meeting about virtual academy tonight

    Parents in Pickens County will host a meeting via Zoom for parents wanting more information about the virtual academy for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents have two options for the 2020-2021 school year in the wake of a pandemic that shuttered schools in March. The meeting is at 6:30. To attend, click here. Choice 1 […]

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  • Jasper hires new city clerk, finance director

    The Jasper City Council held a called meeting to hire a new city clerk and finance director, discuss possible budget amendments, loans and legal services. Jasper’s fiscal year runs from January to December, with budget planning primarily taking place in the fall. Shortly after reconvening from executive session, the council hired Beverly Ragland as the […]

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  • Arrests made in drug busts with international ties in Pickens

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    A single, anonymous tip led to local, state, and federal authorities to confiscating 137 kilograms of methamphetamine valued at more than $1-million, and charges brought against 47 people, several from Pickens County, including the drug broker in the middle of it. As a result of a 9-month investigation known as “Operation The Real McCoy,” the […]

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  • Pickens County to suspend credit card use, offers reimbursement

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    Some employees express concern the county  is “going backwards.” The Pickens County Board of Commissioners Rob Jones and Jerry Barnes, voted to cancel all  county credit cards immediately and move to a purchase order/reimbursement system. Commissioner Becky Denney was absent. Faye Harvey, finance director, asked for the change at Thursday’s called meeting. The move would […]

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  • Budget preparations include options for cuts

    The Pickens Board of Education received an update on budget preparations ahead of Thursday’s meeting including possible cuts to negate any shortfall from the pandemic. Amy Smith, Chief Financial Officer, met with the board Wednesday to go over the progress. Like other schools in Georgia, Pickens County hasn’t gotten any official information from the state […]

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  • Pickens BOE eyes safety and an August 3 first day of school

    Preparing for the first day of school on August 3 while respecting health measures is the focus of the Pickens County Board of Education and the administration. The system plans to follow the guidelines set forth by the Georgia Department of Public Health which has three classifications for schools that will be based on the […]

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  • UPDATE 6/3: Pickens COVID-19 cases up slightly

    Jasper, Ga. -Pickens has 48 cases, including three deaths: a 72-year-old man, a 70-year-old man and 77-year-old woman, all with underlying health issues. Pruithealth, 1350 East Church St., Jasper has one resident and two staff members who tested positive for COVID-19 out of 50 residents. The State of Georgia has 48,207 cases of COVID-19, including 2,102 deaths […]

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  • Georgia’s 14th Congressional candidates talk hot topics

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    Georgis’a 14th Congressional race is now in the hands of voters as early voting begins today. The candidates were unable to hit the traditional campaign trail due the global pandemic and guidelines that crippled gathering in large crowds, making hand-to-hand contact ill-advised and face masks all the fashion rage. Still, candidates found ways to connect, including […]

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  • Jasper City Planning and Zoning approve annexing

    The Jasper City  Planning and Zoning Commissioners met on Tuesday night to discuss annexing property and amending the Zoning Ordinance. The board approved a request to annex 41121 Highway 515 South into the City of Jasper and rezoning it to C-2. The motion will now go to the Jasper City Council for approval. The soil […]

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  • Georgia 14th candidates talk about immigration

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    One issue that voters in the Northwestern Georgia district feel passionately about is immigration. Here is what the candidates for Georgia’s 14th Congressional seat have to say about immigration and securing our border. The following snap-shot is compiled from candidate interviews and their websites. Kevin Cooke Kevin Cooke said the wall is a compete federal […]

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  • Georgia’s 14th Congressional candidates speak on abortion

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    One issue that voters in the Northwestern Georgia district feel passionately about is abortion. Here is what the candidates for Georgia’s 14th Congressional seat have to say about abortion. The following snap-shot is compiled from candidate interviews and their websites. Kevin Cooke I’m the only one who has actually voted on these issues. Being a […]

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  • Georgia 14th candidates talk about Second Amendment

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    One issue that voters in the Northwestern Georgia district feel passionately about is the Second Amendment. Although the short amendment was ratified on Dec. 17, 1791, the interpretation of it splits politicians. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, […]

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  • Jasper man arrested on fentanyl and heroin charges

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    Two fentanyl deaths lead to the arrest of a man charged with possession heroin and fentanyl. Kevin Jordan, 51 year of age, was charged with Possession of a Schedule One Drug for the heroin and Possession of a Schedule Two Drug in relation to fentanyl. The Cherokee Multi-agency Narcotics Squad, also known as  CMANS announces […]

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