Commissioner Robert Jones announced he has contracted for test bores to be drilled around the courthouse property in downtown Jasper as part of “the pre-planning” for future construction and expansion of the Main Street marble landmark. Jones’ announcement came as part of a very brief May commissioner’s meeting Thursday, May 26.
The county signed an agreement with Moreland Altobelli Associates, Inc. for “geotechnical drilling sub-surface investigation.”
The cost of the work is $5,400 and Jones said it is necessary to determine the suitability of the site for future construction. Jones said in this case, the sub-surface work is important, as it is known the Main Street location has held earlier buildings and may hide old “coal-bins,” unknown utility lines or other buried structures.
Jones said seeing if there is anything buried around the courthouse property that may have to be removed or dealt with in some other way will be important as an architect begins designing an expansion of the marble courthouse.
Plans call for six test holes, with the deepest going 36 feet. Jones said infrastructure and buried utilities aside, it is important to check the condition of the soil as the county continues to plan for a courthouse renovation project, budgeted as a $17 million item in a sales tax referendum approved by voters in 2008.
Dr. Ben Desper, along with his wife Laura, are looking for a home here during regular work trips the new superintendent of schools for Pickens County makes from his current residence in Bartow County.
The new superintendent must work through June in Bartow’s school system before starting here full time in July.
Desper, who is mixing house hunting with work to familiarize himself with the local schools, said his new home will preferably be near the school system’s central office.
In Floyd, Habersham and Bartow counties, where Desper has worked previously in education, he looked for “places where you can see the school from the house when the leaves are off the trees.”
Read the rest of the profile of the county's new superintendent in this week's print edition now on sale.
Organizers of a community assessment on families in Pickens County speculate that employment and job issues will be the number one need identified for the forthcoming five-year plan.
At a public input meeting Monday, representatives from different social agencies discussed the 2013-2018 Comprehensive Plan for the Advancement of Families and Children in Pickens County.
This effort will identify the top “barriers” families here face and will work to develop strategies to address these barriers over the next several years.
Pickens Family Connections is hoping for a broad range of input, setting a goal of 500 completed surveys from all areas of the county.
“This thing can go in any direction people want,” said Matt Moore, director of Pickens Family Connections. “It just depends on the input.”
Pickens High held graduation ceremonies Saturday morning at the football stadium ending with the usual tossing of the caps into the air.
See more photos by PHS teacher Steven Wilkie and Chandler Cook, the editor-in-chief of the high school yearbook for the coming year.
Update: Woman who reported kidnapping arrested for filing false report
Lisa Bode, 44 years old of Ball Ground, who reported that she was kidnapped on Interstate 575 Monday afternoon was located overnight in Fannin County. After interviewing Bode investigators charged her with False Report of a Crime and Giving False Statements. She is currently in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with an $11,880.00 bond.
It appears Bode was dealing with numerous personal problems which lead to her fabricating the abduction story, according to a press release from the Cherokee Sheriff's office.
Cherokee County Sheriff Office Press release
Cherokee detectives are asking for assistance from the public in locating a kidnapping victim. Lisa Bode, 44 years old of Ball Ground, called Cherokee 911 at approximately 2pm today and told dispatchers she had been kidnapped after her car broke down on Interstate 575 near the Cherokee – Pickens County line.
Bode stated she was put in the trunk of a gold car by a white male who then drove her south on Interstate 575.
Bode’s black Ford Explorer was located on Interstate 575 southbound just inside Cherokee County. Anyone with any information is urged to call 911 or investigators at 770-928-0239. As this is an ongoing investigation, the 911 tape will not be released at this time.