Pickens flooding in the storm


JASPER, Ga. – Parts of Pickens are falling victim to the heavy storms and rain as water levels rise. Citizens are sending in photos of the damage during the storm.

Already cancelling the “Piggin in the Park” event Lee Newton Park, event planners are still trying to look at possibly continuing the event tomorrow at the scheduled time. The National Weather Service did say the storms tonight could have “up to 40 mph wind, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning and very heavy rain.” However, no warnings or watches have been issued specifically for Pickens County as a whole.

While most of the storms are northeast of the county, effects are still being felt in isolated situations like this. For citizens on the east side of the county, near the Gilmer and Dawson County lines, be alert as the storm damage could easily reach and affect you.

Authorities are asking citizens to “be on alert for minor damage to tree limbs and blowing around of light, unsecured objects. Heavy rain will cause temporary street flooding, especially in poor drainage areas, and rising water on creeks and streams.

The park is not the only area being affected as another photo from in front of the Speedburger shows the flooding is spreading to other parts of the county.

Police and Emergency authorities are responding to the incidents. Authorities have asked citizens in recent storms to not drive through flooded streets if you cannot see the road as a driver cannot tell if part of the road has washed away.

The National Weather Service has also issued a statement saying, “Motorists should slow down and be prepared for possible loss of control due to hydroplaning.”


Renaming Stegall Drive to Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard


JASPER, Ga. – Earlier this week, on March 4, 2019, the Jasper City Council heard, and approved, a presentation to for renaming a portion of Stegall Drive to Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard.

The presentation covered most of the concerning issues as Frank Leist said the Veteran’s Association has already contacted the neighboring parties on the street, the Chamber of Commerce and the Senior Citizen, about their response changing addresses with the street name. They also have already looked into signage for the streets and the park.

The actual street name change will only stretch on the Stegall Drive from Mary Street to Maple Street.

Leist when on to note some additional ideas that could be coming to the park including some military equipment. Leist also noted that he had offered to the neighbors that they would absorb costs for the changes.

With the council’s approval, and no other concerns from 911 about the renaming, the street is officially renamed and citizens should be noticing the changes coming as the follow-up with City Manager Brandon Douglas details the logistics and operations of the change.


11th Annual Paws in the Park presented by Humane Society of Blue Ridge October 21st 10am – 2pm Downtown Blue Ridge City Park


Ground Breaking For Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park



Jasper, GA – Today, August 15, at 11:30 A.M. citizens gathered at Lee Newton Park across from Jasper Middle School for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park.

Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park Association Inc. stated they were very appreciative of the support and hard work that is being put into the park. They are also already speaking of possible additions to the park such as a wall of honor.

Following a prayer, trumpets played before breaking ground in honor of the memorial. City and county officials such as Commissioner Chairman Rob Jones, Mayor Weaver, and Gerry Nechvatal, Chamber Executive Director attended to be apart of the event.

The mission of the association is to pay tribute to veterans who fought, and will continue to fight, for our country.

Read more on this park at Veterans Memorial Park Coming To Pickens.

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Veterans Memorial Park Coming To Pickens


Citizens and veterans of Pickens County have formed an association to create the Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park.

The Veterans Memorial Park will be located at Lee Newton Park. The memorial is being made possible only through donations. The Pickens Cub Scouts have even helped by breaking ground and beginning landscape work for the park to show that work is in progress.

They currently have a program set up called Bricks of Honor in which this park will honor veterans who have fought for our country and freedom by placing bricks engraved with their names.

The Association’s goal is to have the park completed by Veterans Day November 11, 2017. If you would like more information visit here.

Anyone wishing to honor a relative or known veteran could purchase one of the $125 Bricks to be placed at the memorial.


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City of Jasper City Council Meets in July 2015

Police & Government

City council of Jasper held its regular meeting Monday evening on July 13, 2015

The meeting began with Lisa Hoyle relaying information regarding the 2014 audit review comments. The City will have a policy to have citation books secure until handed out in an effort to keep the citations in order in the required log. There is also a policy in place to ensure the person taking the money and the person handling deposits and reconciliation are assigned as separate duties, this will ensure money is handled properly.

There was then a decision to advertise for bid to repair the city baseball field. They will seek estimates for replacing fence sections and other repair issues. There was an estimate previously given but due to the amount there will a request for bid.

Jeff Hall, Chief Deputy for Pickens County Sheriff’s Office addressed the council regarding a contract between them for the County to house all City prisoners. Previously there was a fee for this service however a contract will allow the City to pull a percentage from fines to alleviate this cost. The County will also take over the bonding process which is how this is handled in most other jurisdictions.

Lonnie Waters reported to the Council regarding bids to repair streets. Johnson Paving was awarded the bid with a price just over $269,000. The City will issue requests for bid on the stripping of the roads. Mayor Weaver commented his desire for the project to look good once it was completed. The City will seek bids on stripping for multiple roads in an effort to secure better pricing. Some of the roads to be repaved will be Hood, Lawson, Old Federal, and Janette Avenue.

Gerry Nechnaval, Economic Director of Pickens County, expressed the appreciation on behalf of himself and the Chamber of the dedication to work with the Downtown Alliance. He also reported the Tom Cruise movie wrapped up production in Ball Ground, There were movie scouts recently scouting locations in our area and very pleased with what they saw so now we wait. There is a possibility for perhaps a passive park by a Conservation Trust Company interested in pursuing something of that nature but no definite plans at this time. A local company has obtained a contract for a different side of business that will create jobs but we will have to wait for the announcement to find out details.

The meeting ended with reports from Police Chief and Fire Department. The Jasper Police responded to 802 calls and 31 accidents in June. The Fire Department responded to a total of 123 calls in June, with a 712 total for the year.

Pickens County Chamber Annual Picnic in the Park

Business, Community, Featured Stories

The Pickens County Chamber Membership Picnic was held June 9th at Lee Newton Park. The Annual picnic was sponsored by Stearns Bank and Dough Boys Cakes & Catering. (more…)


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