Pickens County Government, like many other government entities is taking full advantage of the hot summer months to pave as many roads as financially possible. All paving projects are funded through LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) and SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) dollars. During the month of July, subcontractor crews repaved: Upper Grandview, Grandview Circle, Hickory Cove, Cove View Valley, Cove Hill Road, Old Cove Road, Scott Drive, Southbrook Drive, Eastwood Circle, Paradise Lane, East Eden Way, and West Eden Way. The 2018 paving contract is now roughly 65 percent complete with the remainder to be paved in the coming weeks. Pickens County Public Works repaved: Griffith Road and Tate Mill Way. Additionally, they completed a project to widen Pettit Road and plan to begin tar and graveling that road, along with Jordan Road, Thomason Road, and Evans Road. Public Works is continuing routine maintenance around the county while dealing with some inclement weather. Over the last few weeks, Public Works has cleaned up 95 trees downed by heavy rain and wind.
During the month of July, the 911 Operations Center received 1,809 total calls, 753 were medical responses and fire related. The Water Department installed 10 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 37 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 101 animals, and 100 animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 7 cases. The Recreation Department concluded another successful year of Summer Camp with an average of 55 kids a day. Pickens County Fire Station #12 off Carlan Road is expected to be completed in approximately two months. The exterior of the structure is nearly complete with now the focus on the interior construction. Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working hard 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. To stay up to date like us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our website www.pickenscountyga.gov.
Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!
Another busy month has passed for Pickens County with lots in store for the Summer. On May 22nd voters across the county went to the polls to vote on a variety of elections and ballot questions. The overall voter turnout of registered voters was 25.56 percent with a total of 5,101 votes cast. One local race (District One Commissioner) resulted in a runoff election that will take place on July 24th. Early voting for the runoff will be weekdays July 2-20 (excluding the July 4th holiday) at the Board of Elections. Additionally, the Chamber of Commerce helped to orchestrate a successful partnership for the BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia) that passed through town in early June. This event brought an increase of customers shopping at local establishments.
During the month of May, the Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 110 animals, and 94 animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 29 cases. The Department of Planning and Development issued 43 new building permits. The Water Department installed six new meters. The 911 Operations Center received 1,865 total calls, 726 were medical responses and fire related. The Recreation Department pool is now open, and several camps are ongoing throughout the Summer. To keep up to date on PCRD activities follow them on Facebook and Twitter and check out their website: pickrec.com. The Road Department is preparing to begin tar and graveling several roads across the county. They are also continuing to perform routine road maintenance. Subcontractor crews through LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) and SPLOST (Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax) funding are currently paving county-maintained roads within Hunters Ridge. After the crews resurface those roads, they will begin paving the remainder of the 62 roads set to be paved through LMIG. Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working hard for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues 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!
By: Tucker Green – Pickens County Board of Education Post Three
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The 2015 Pickens Volleyball Dragonettes were honored in a recent match at home for Senior Night. These five girls have played all four years together and was an emotional send off for them. Pictured left to right; Coach Petty, #24 Keaton Odom, #12 Hannah Shinafelt, #10 Hannah Wise, #4 Savannah Laney and #2 Kayla Harris.
Region 7-AAA play got underway this past Friday and by the looks of it, it’s anyone’s to win.
Fannin Rebels(2-2,0-0) had the week off to get prepared for their upcoming region match-up with Banks County(3-2,0-1). Banks is coming off a loss to Franklin County(2-2,1-0) last week, 7-14. Banks was 8-14 passing for 83 yards. 36 carries for 175 yards and 8 catches for 83 yards. Franklin had no data posted.
East Hall(1-4,1-0)travelled to Lumpkin County(2-3,0-1) and made short work of the Indians, winning easily, 48-14. There were no available stats at present.
Dawson County(2-2,1-0) made a trip to defending Region 7-AAA champs, West Hall Spartans(2-3,0-1) and shut them out, 14-0. No available stats recorded
This Week’s Games Friday Oct. 2
Fannin at Banks
Dawson at East Hall
Lumpkin at Franklin
Region 7-AAA Stats as of 9/25/2015
(Some stats are not recorded by various teams)
The Pickens High School football team has released the annual Iron Man competition results have been released. There are 18 new 2015 PHS Iron Men.
Click here, to hear PHS head football coach, Chris Parker, discuss the Iron Man testing in full.
2015 PHS Iron Man winners were:
Full Iron Man Testing Results Here
Ellison Steinhauer at State Swim Meet
The Pickens County Sea Dragons swim team traveled to Tifton to take part in the State Recreational League Swim Meet. The Sea Dragons stocked up 14 placings amongst 15 place winners.
Anthony Jordan had the highest placing, picking up a third place medal in the Boys 11-12 50 Yard Butterfly, barely ahead of Gabe Womack who placed fourth in the same event. Womack also picked up an eighth place finish in the Boys 11-12 100 Yard Freestyle.
Victor Lane finished fifth in the Boys 13-14 50 Yard Breaststroke. Angela Casey placed sixth in the Girls 9-10 25 Yard Breaststroke.
Ellison Steinhauer recorded seventh place finishes in both the Girls 7-8 50 Yard Freestyle and the Girls 7-8 25 Yard Breaststroke, with Hannah Murphy following at eighth in the latter event.
The Girls 12 & Under Relay team of Michelle Pickett, Terry Elisebeth, Elizabeth Arrendale and Savannah Mauldin placed seventh in the 200 Yard Freestyle, while the Girls 12 & Under 200 Yard Medley Relay team of Aubrey Ortman, Marie Blackmar, Madeline Pool, Libby Womack and Shannon Johnson had an eight place finish.
Both Ortman and Pickett picked up Pickens’ eight place medals in Girls 13-14 100 IM and the Girls 11-12 50 Yard Breaststroke respectively.
Pickens High School head football coach, Chris Parker, recently sat down with Team FYN Sports to discuss the summer work being put in by the Dragons as well as the outlook for the 2015 season, with out star running back, Shannon Brooks.
Parker spoke about the work that his team has been putting in during the off season as well as the Iron Man testing currently taking place. He also discussed Region 7-AAAA, its competitiveness and some of the best players he expects to play against.
See below to view the full interview.
Front, Sitting L-R:
Dr. Anil Yadav, Denise M. Duncan
Back, Standing L-R:
Leslie Roper, Jessica Ledbetter, Kim Silverthorn
The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy Council offered a two in one workshop titled “Selling Naked/Fish-On Marketing”. The workshop was presented by Patrick H. McGaughey, CPF, IOM, an international business speaker with a background of professional success in broadcasting and business association management. His early success in broadcasting was the foundation for Pat’s successes as a business association executive where he led three Chambers of Commerce to membership and financial success. In Idaho, his Chamber of Commerce broke the 1,000 member barrier in a community of 24,000, and his annual events drew crowds of over 900 people, proving that you can be big in any size community.
When discussing sales, Mr. McGaughey went over ideas for attendees such as new attitudes and confidence for effective salesmanship, how great questions outsell great brochures, how to learn how to rely upon yourself to make a sale and the importance of learning how to make the sale before the presentation. Mr. McGaughey went through several exercises explaining how “Fish on! Marketing” improves sales skills while attracting business!
The host sponsor was Chattahoochee Technical College and all attendees were treated to a delicious breakfast served by our breakfast sponsor Carriage House Coffee Shop.
A special thank you goes to our Premier sponsor of the event, Prestige Medical Group. With their sponsorship, half price scholarships were given to all attendees with additional discounts to multiple attendees of the same company. Prestige Medical Group started in Jasper with a single location primary care office in 2004, and then added Oasis Medspa adjoining the primary care office in 2006. Services were expanded to Cherokee County when their office opened in 2010 followed by their weight loss center in 2012. The latest location to open was in Gilmer County, in the summer of 2013.
Prestige Medical Group is an active member of all three communities. Staff from each office volunteer to provide medical services such as sports physicals for middle schools and high school students as well as support numerous non-profit organizations in each county. The goal of owner and founder of Prestige Medical Group has always been “Exceptional medical care and this will always be the number one priority for me, my practice and my staff.”
The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce offers Educational Workshops each month, for more information visit our online calendar at www.PickensChamber.com or contact us at 706.692.5600.
Georgia Tech redshirt junior center Freddie Burden is among 63 players named to the 2015 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List, released Wednesday by the Rimington Trophy Committee. Burden, who was named to the spring watch list in May, is one of seven ACC centers on the list.
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in FBS. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised more than $2.6 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The 14-year-old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $115 million for CF Research.
The Statesboro, Ga., native earned 2014 All-ACC honorable mention after starting all 14 games at center for the Yellow Jackets. He was part of Georgia Tech’s offensive line that allowed just 0.79 sacks per game (first in ACC, second nationally), while helping the Jackets lead the nation in rushing offense with a school-record 342.1 yards per game and 4,789 rushing yards.
Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.
While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee used these three prestigious teams to determine a winner:
Walter Camp Foundation (WCF)
Sporting News (SN)
Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)
Because the selectors of these three All-America teams can place centers in a “mix” of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11- man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee’s policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the four All- America teams.
The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 16, 2016.
Georgia Tech opens the 2015 season Sept. 3 against Alcorn State (7:30 p.m. ET, RSN). 2015 Georgia Tech season tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets in person at the Georgia Tech Ticket Office (M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), by phone at 888-TECH-TIX, or online at togetherweswarm.com. Season tickets for Tech’s seven-game home schedule start at just $245 – a value of $35 per game. Great lower-level seats are available from $350. There is no per-game ticket or Tech Fund price increase in 2015. The only difference is the addition of a seventh home game (Georgia).
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YELLOW JACKETS ON PRESEASON WATCH LISTS
Paul Hornung Award (Most Versatile)
Jamal Golden, DB/KR
Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)
Justin Thomas, QB
Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year)
Adam Gotsis, DT
Rimington Trophy (Top Center)
Freddie Burden, C
Hill has become an oustanding success story, after starting out his career as the Pickens point man for Team FYN Sports. Recently Team FYN Sports caught up with Hill and asked him about his career and budding responsibilties with the Red and Black.
What year are you going into at school?
I’m starting my senior year in the fall. I have three semesters left of school and will graduate in December 2016.
Why attend North Ga before attending UGA?
Coming from Pickens High School, which had around 1,000 students, I thought a small school would be a good way to start off. It helped ease the transition to college, and I loved my two years in Dahlonega. It definitely helped set me up for success at UGA.
When did you decide journalism was for you?
I’ve known since the eighth grade that I wanted to be a sports writer. People try to point you in a direction in middle school which can be a bit ridiculous, but I credit Keith Petty with leading me to journalism. He was my eighth grade English teacher, and I loved that class and the writing in it so much. He wrote occasionally for the paper, so it occurred to me that maybe writing about sports, something I’ve always loved and studied, was the way to go. I let him know my idea and pretty much followed it from there.
What was your favorite memory of the Dragons during your matriculation through Pickens County schools?
Probably watching the boys’ basketball team was our senior year. I think a lot of people counted them out because Jordan Shaw graduated the year before, but they played really well and went to state. Some of my best friends since I was a kid were on that team: Wesley Easterwood, Austin Murphy, Aries Johnson, Spencer Jones, Jake Ledbetter, Sam Crawford, etc. I’m sure I’ll be in trouble for leaving some names out, but it was fun just to be there and see them have success.
What was your favorite memory covering the Dragons?
Without a doubt, it’s the turnaround the football team had. In my four years as a student, the team won eight games. I have to give kudos to Kyle Rasco, the athletic director. He went out and hired Chris Parker from Chapel Hill. I was expecting to constantly re-write the sentence “The Dragons played tough but lost” each week, but that wasn’t the case. Coach Parker has built a consistent winner with Pickens, something that hasn’t happened since I was nine or 10.
What has been your favorite/most interesting moment covering UGA sports?
It’s still really early on in my covering Georgia sports. I’d say more than anything, it’s just been learning from the other writers at The Red & Black, the school’s student newspaper. You’d be amazed at how the paper is a collective group of students yet at the same time functions as professional workplace. Some of the best writing I’ve seen in the last year has come from students my age or even younger. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to get on staff there and learn from others.
How is covering a major school like UGA different than covering high school sports?
Access to players and statistics is incredibly easy compared to high school sports. If I really wanted to challenge a young writer, I’d send them to a school that they’ve never been to two hours from home and make them cover the game. To write up a Friday night game correctly, you better do your homework on Tuesday or Wednesday. Email and call coaches or athletic directors for information. Can you send me the roster? Could I talk to players after the game? Is there room in the booth or do I need to sit in the stands? It’s easier at the collegiate level because those SIDs and athletic directors are used to working with media. It’s not the case at a school like Heritage or Cass, and it puts a young writer to the test. You can easily get spoiled with the avenues available at the college level.
Who is your favorite sports journalist and y?
A few stand out to me. Wright Thompson and Tommy Tomlinson can craft stories so well I would probably stay glued to the screen if they talked about a trip to the grocery store. They are excellent writers who could move from sports writing to whatever topic they needed.
On the other side, SB Nation has some of the best personalities around right now. Ryan Nanni, Dan Rubenstein and Spencer Hall are some of the funniest people in the sports world right now. They produce hilarious articles on a regular basis. If you want to laugh a lot, follow all three on Twitter. Not only are they funny, but they also know their stuff so well that it makes it even better.
Who is your least favorite sports journalists and why?
Honestly, I don’t really have one. There are things I don’t like, which mainly boil down to writers being lazy with their work. Check your spelling, know the difference between “then” and “than” and make sure you’re not jumping around all over the place. If you do that, it works for me.
Are you more nervous or excited in anticipation of SEC media day?
Absolutely excited. I’ve gotten past the point of nerves when reporting. When I was younger, I got nervous talking to high school coaches because that’s a big deal as a high school kid in a county where athletics are everything. Now that I’ve been with The Red & Black for a while, I’ve had a chance to interview and be around some pretty interesting people. It just became part of my job. That’s not to say I don’t still enjoy getting to talk to people I grew up watching like D.J. Shockley; it’s just that at this point in my life I expected to be doing one-on-ones like that.
What advice, if any would you give to a young person interested in pursuing journalism?
Work your butt off once you know what you want out of life. That goes for everyone, not just journalists, but I’ll focus on journalism here. If you polled 100 people at UGA and asked where Pickens County is, I’d say you may get five that know. I’m from a little town where it’s not a given that you go to college at all, but I’ve worked hard to write on a near-daily basis and to pursue opportunities when they came my way. I heard about Fetch when I was a junior, so I went and wrote there. I enrolled at UNG and heard about the school newspaper, so I went and wrote there. I transferred to UGA and figured the Athens Banner-Herald needed high school football writers, so I went and wrote there. That’s not to say I didn’t have a whole lot of help from my family and was blessed with being in the right place at the right time a lot. It’s just about putting yourself in a place to try and advance further. One of my favorite quotes is from Henry Ford, who said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t … you’re right.” If you believe it’s impossible, it won’t happen.
That’s not to say I’ve got everything figured out. I’m still not where I want to be; my goals aren’t accomplished but they are within reach. It’s a matter of getting better every day and finding a good position somewhere.
Will you be watching more Minnesota Gophers games than you ever imagined over the next 3-5 years?
I’m going to try. I’m glad that Shannon Brooks made the best out of a bad situation and earned his scholarship with the Golden Gophers. I’m also glad he and Melissa Weeks were open with me and helped me write one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever done for a class this past spring. Hopefully, I’ll be covering games at the same time Brooks and Minnesota are playing. I’ll certainly be checking the box scores on Sunday morning to see what the running back from my hometown did this week.
District attorney, Alison Sosebee, had a frank and honest discussions about the dangers and legal ramifications of creating, sending, distributing or keeping of inappropriate images on digital devices, as well as the often devastating effects of cyber bullying at Jasper Middle School. (more…)