Veterans Memorial Park Coming To Pickens

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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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Wooden Bridge Repairs

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While Pickens favorite wooden bridge is still currently closed for repairs, the bridge is still open to pedestrians so feel free to take a stroll across it.

Access to The Woodbridge Inn restaurant is still available by taking a short detour through Chambers Street or Birch Street.

Pickens County government has made a statement that they are currently working towards repairs as they are currently accepting bid applications.

CITY OF JASPER PROJECT NO. 2017-002

WOOD BRIDGE PROJECT

NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Separate sealed Bids for the construction of PROJECT NO. 2017-002 WOOD BRIDGE PROJECT will be received by the City of Jasper, 200 Burnt Mountain Road, Jasper GA 30143, until 1:00 pm local time on the 20th day of July 2017 at said place publicly opened and read aloud.

The work to be done consists of timber cap at Abutment 1 needs to be replaced, Beam 9 in span 3 has impact damage, Beam 8 in span 4 has full depth split, Pile 6 at Bent 5 to be replaced, Undermined footing of Pile 2 at Bent 3 due to erosion and Replace rotting timber curb where necessary.

The winning bidder will be required to do the following:

  1. Provide a performance bond equal to the amount of the bid.
  2. Provide the City a copy of certificate of insurance with the City as additional insured.
  3. After the award of the contract and before the start of work, you will be required to attend a pre-construction conference with representatives of the City. The conference will serve to acquaint the participants with the general plan for the repairs of the bridge and to discuss any special conditions that the City may have that may alter the original bid price.

No bids will be received or accepted after the above specified time for the opening of Bids. Bids submitted after the designated hour will be deemed invalid and returned unopened to the Bidder. The City of Jasper has the right to refuse any and all bids presented by all contractors.

Copies of bidding documents can be found here or at the City of Jasper office.

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Pickens County Fourth of July Schedule

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Every year Pickens County celebrates our freedom on the Fourth of July. Activities include the fair, a parade, entertainment, and fireworks! It is family friendly and has something for all ages! This year we are getting a head start on our celebration with a posted schedule of the events below.

Schedule:

  • Fair – Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4 at Lee Newton Park

Opening times:

Friday, June 30 at 5:00 P.M.

Saturday, July 1 at 4:00 P.M.

Sunday, July 2 at 4:00 P.M.

Monday, July 3 at 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday, July 4 after parade

  • Parade – Tuesday, July 4 at 10:00 A.M on Main Street
  • Entertainment – Tuesday, July 4 begins at 11:00 A.M at Lee Newton Park

Entertainment Lineup:

11:00 A.M. –  Dr. Carl McCurdy and Town Band

12:15-12:30 P.M. – Cole “Lil E” Posey

12:30-1:00 P.M. – Rebecca Hampton and The Cowboy Church Dancers

1:15-2:45 P.M. – Sons of the South

3:00-3:30 P.M. – ATA North GA Martial Arts

3:30-4:30 P.M. –  StormTree Music

4:45-6:15 P.M. – Andy Thacker, Cody King, and Dallas Hyde

7:00 P.M. –  Featured Headline Band – C.C. Morgan

  • Fireworks Tuesday, July 4 begin at 10:00 P.M.

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Pickens County Board of Education Adjusts Start and End Times

Education, News

Pickens County Board of Education agreed last night to change all schools start and end times.

On May 23, 2017 The Board posted an online survey for the community to give their input on the subject. Before taking the survey there was a section above on information to consider before deciding.

Information To Consider:

  •         High school students involved in extracurricular activities will miss less academic time by not missing as much or  any of 4th block class period.
  •         Students who participate in work exit may go to work early and get home earlier.
  •         High school and middle school students will be home before elementary siblings.
  •         Elementary students will not have to be at the bus stop at 6:10 in the morning reducing the time they spend at the bus stop in the dark.

Current start and end times

Proposed start and end times

3,602 surveys were completed to either keep the current times or change to the proposed.

The results were 58.7% were in favor to change the school starts times and 41.3% were not in favor of the changes.

All of the drop off times will remain as they were in the current year. The high school end time was changed and will be 10 minutes earlier than the current end time. Only the middle school adjusted the start time so it will bring the day in sync with the other schools.

2017-18 Start and end times

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Pickens High School Media Center in Jasper, Georgia Receives Award from Driving-Tests.org

Pickens High School

May 31, 2017Driving-Tests.org (DTO) is pleased to award Pickens High School Media Center $500 for participating in DTO’s library partnership program. As part of the program, libraries offer their customers advertising-free access to the DTO website, which includes written practice tests for automobile, motorcycle, and commercial vehicle drivers’ licenses for all 50 states.

 

In January 2017, DTO launched the campaign to increase awareness of the pro bono community-based online driver education program that it provides to public and private libraries across the United States. To incentivize libraries to register, DTO established a Library Partnership Award as part of which every library that signed up from January – April 2017 was eligible to win one of five $500 awards. To enter, libraries registered online and added the link provided by DTO to their computers to give all patrons access to DTO’s online driver education resources.

 

DTO fills a need concerning new driver safety education for teens, new motorcycle riders and new commercial drivers. Traffic crashes continue to be the leading cause of death in the United States, and nearly 44 percent of new drivers fail their written knowledge exams the first time they take them. To help new drivers readily pass their knowledge tests and become safer, more informed drivers, Driving‑Tests.org offers online permit practice tests created by experts and based on each state’s official manuals. The site has had more than 16 million unique visitors since 2010.

 

“We are pleased to offer this valuable free resource to our students and excited to win $500 just for helping them become more educated drivers before getting behind the wheel. It is our hope that by increased use of the practice tests, the students are more aware of the dangers and able to make good choices when driving,” said Kristie Moss, Media Specialist for Pickens High School.

 

“We are passionate about online driver education and setting high standards to help lower the number of driver related crashes, injuries, and fatalities,” said Andrei Zakhareuski, Founder of Driving-Tests.org. “Our library partnerships are extremely valuable to us, and we are excited to reward them for their dedication to their communities by preparing more drivers not only for their permit tests but more importantly for their safety on the road.”

 

The library partnership program is currently available in more than 1,800 libraries in 50 states and continues to expand every day. More information on the program and a list of current libraries registered can be found at driving-tests.org/library.

 

Those interested in signing up their library can apply here.

Congratulations Pickens County Graduating Seniors 2017!

Pickens High School

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May Business After Hours

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May Business After Hours

By: Jackson Leake

 The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce offers a wonderful monthly opportunity for Chamber members as well as the public to come together at a local business to enjoy food, fun, networking and an opportunity to win some cash! The May Business After Hours was hosted by the Bank of North Georgia. Cash sponsors for this month’s event were R & R Body Shop, Northside Hospital Cherokee, Bank of North Georgia, C Shelley Repair, LLC, and Pepsi. There were many door prizes given away as well. Joseph Warren won a movie basket from the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, Ernie Zied won a case of Pepsi products, Connie Gasaway won a summer basket from the Bank of North Georgia, Ralph Barker, Marci Zied, and Donna McDonald all won gift cards from Fatz, and Katherine France won a quick stir pitcher from Pampered Chef. There was a $125 cash drawing as well, which no one won. Next month’s drawing will be $250, and you must be present to win. Mark your calendar to attend the June Business After Hours on Tuesday, June 20 th , 2017 at 4:30 pm at Jasper Dental Associates. For more information on our monthly Business After Hours or any Chamber event please visit our website at www.pickenschamber.com or call the Chamber at 706-692- 5600.

 

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Brandon Bell and Karolina Kearns Talk About Their Experience in State Competition

Jasper Middle

By Sadie Phillips, 8th grader at JMS

Brandon Bell

Brandon Bell, 6th grade at Jasper Middle School, achieved his position at the state Science Fair competition this school year. The following are his thoughts on the competition:

What was one of the hardest challenges to overcome?

It was hard to overcome the responsibility of having to wake up every morning and get my project and start working, I had no free time, but it really helped.

What were some of your competitor’s topics? Were they tough competition?

There were some like wind turbulence and earthquakes, and there were about 5 or so I thought were tough competitors, but I tried to remain humble through the competition.

How did you work through the competition and stress?

I tried to make friends and keep my cool. When the interviewers asked me questions, I kept my answers simple and straightforward.

Will you do this again?

Yes, it was a fun experience, and I hope to go to state again.

 

 

 

Karolina Kearns

Karolina Kearns, 7th grade at Jasper Middle School, worked her way to the top in the State Geography Bee this school year. The following are her thoughts about the competition:

How difficult was it to remember some of the facts you knew?

A first I did really good and they were pretty easy and as it went on it got harder, but it wasn’t a matter of recalling, but of knowing the questions really.

What were some of the hardest questions?

The ones about capitals and the weird but true facts were difficult.

Did you study a lot or were you able to recall everything from memory?

I studied a little and going through 6th grade geography and 7th grade improved my knowledge about the countries.

Will you do this again next year?

Oh yeah! It was so much fun.

 

Jasper Middle School and Pickens County School System are extremely proud of these two competitive and determined students! Fantastic job to Brandon Bell and Karolina Kerns!

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