Nigel Wright and band tune up for German tour
Pickens resident Nigel Wright, center, and band members Clay Dean, left, and Jamey Merritt, right.
The band will be touring in Germany from July though September of this year.
While searching for a different Nigel Wright online, German record company, Butterfly Collectors, stumbled onto a Tate Mountain Estates resident with the same name but far different sonic sensibilities.
While the 18-year-old Tate-Mountain Wright was not who they set out to find, the Pickens’ home-fry is now signed with the fledgling label. He and drummer Jamie Merritt and bass player Clay Dean, both of Dawsonville, have since flown to Germany to film music videos and promo shots, and they are now preparing for a short German tour.
Commissioner Rob Jones said today he is extremely pleased with the appearance of the refinished marble on the exterior of the Main Street courthouse. “I’ve had people say they wanted to know the price of the new marble and I tell them this is the old marble refinished. It looks terrific.”
The lettering at the top front also enhanced the marble structure.
Jones said the work is nearing completion with re-attaching the marble pieces and should be done by the first of next week with all the scaffolding removed.
Veteran in need receives new roof
Shingles flew as workmen ganged with pitchforks to remove old roofing at a Parker Circle address. Homeowner Ricky Martin, a Vietnam veteran who suffers with a disability, gained a needed new roof through the help of several local organizations and Global Builders, the company that carried out the work.
Monday, 8 a.m., saw four roofers atop Ricky Martin's home on Parker Circle south of Jasper. Prying off old shingles with pitch forks, workmen labored at fever pace in the morning chill, raining chunks of Martin's old rooftop onto a large blue tarp, spread on the ground to catch all below.
Extras, fan talk of movie shoot that electrified Jasper
Above, the iconic Clint Eastwood wears a Chattahoochee Tech hat and stands with two of the school's employees.
In what seemed like no time, the cast and crew of Clint Eastwood’s newest film rode into town and just as quickly saddled up their circus-like fleet of trailers and galloped off into the sunset.
But during their two days here, Thursday and Friday of last week, the crew and celebrities made a big impact. Dozens of locals were cast as extras, a handful of people were allowed to go watch the filming, and folks who weren’t on the scene were probably talking about it.
How could you not talk about it? It was Clint Eastwood. What other celebrity so perfectly meshes with folks in Pickens County. Only John Wayne could have topped him.
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Pickens County ranks 27th out of 162 Georgia school systems for its graduation rate over the past year, based on revised figures released earlier this month.
This ranking puts Pickens in the top 20 percent of all school systems in the state and is an accurate assessment of local schools, according to Assistant Superintendent Tommy Qualls.