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With 90 percent of county budget in personnel, commissioners says 2014 cuts will be tough

    District Commissioner Jerry Barnes told the other commissioners during a break in the budget hearings October 29th that a constituent had approached him recently saying he didn’t care what they did with the budget as long as they could justify it.

Barnes said this might be the only person who has not advocated cuts in the county’s $20 million preliminary budget as the three person board of commissioners continue work on the 2014 spending plans. “I was floored,” he said.

“That is a rare sentiment,” said Commissioner Becky Denney, who along with Commission Chair Rob Jones agreed that the prevailing sentiment among the public has been to cut, cut, cut.

This Tuesday, the commissioners reviewed the results from the preliminary hearings compiled in 500 page binders presented to the three commissioners. 

Pickens GOP to look at economy Sept. 10

Is the state of the U.S. economy operating at a new norm-if so, what is causing it?  

By Rich Andersen, VC for Programs, Pickens County Republican Party 

            This is the topic for the Pickens County Republican Party’s September 10, 2013 meeting to be held at the Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College at 7 p.m.  The speaker is Dr. Don Sabbarese, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Kennesaw State University.

Considering the high unemployment rate and the anemic state of the U.S. economy, the possibility that this is a new norm is disturbing.  

Many external factors may be having a negative impact on the U.S. economy.  Many of the Eurozone economies are struggling to escape their continued economic malaise, and the emerging economies of China, Brazil, Indonesia, and India are experiencing slower growth rates

Barn at Flannery O'Connor's Andalusia to be restored


barn at andulsia 
Last April the Hill House at Andalusia received an award for "Excellence in Restoration" from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.


ATLANTA, June 13 - The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will give a $2,500 grant to the Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation to help restore the historic cow barn at Andalusia, home of fiction writer Flannery O'Connor. Last April the 544-acre farm in Milledgeville, Ga., hosted nearly 500 guests as a dinner venue for the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's Spring Ramble and the Georgia Statewide Preservation Conference.
Since being placed on The Georgia Trust'sPlaces in Peril list in 2006, Andalusia has completed several restoration projects and is pursuing others. With assistance from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division's Georgia Heritage Grant and donations from the Knight Foundation, City of Milledgeville, and Friends of Andalusia, the water tower behind the main house was fully restored in 2007. The next year, a grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board in Milledgeville made possible the restoration of the old pump house located next to the water tower.

Execution set for Ga. inmate who murdered fellow prisoner



From Office of the Attorney General


Georgia Department of Law


Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Warren Lee Hill, who is currently scheduled to be executed on July 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.


Scheduled Execution


On July 3, 2013, the Superior Court of Lee County filed an order, setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Warren Lee Hill may occur to begin at noon, July 13, 2013, and ending seven days later at noon on July 20, 2013. The Commissioner of the Department of Corrections has set the execution for July 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.


Hill’s Crime (1990)


In August of 1990, Hill and the victim, Joseph Handspike, were both incarcerated for murder at the Lee Correctional Institution (hereinafter Lee C.I.).  Hill was serving a life sentence for murdering his 18-year-old girlfriend, Myra Wright, in 1986 by shooting her 11 times.


During Hill’s trial for the Handspike’s murder, a Lee C.I. correctional officer testified that at 5:10 a.m., he heard a loud noise emanating from the inmates' sleeping quarters in Wing C.  Upon entering the wing to investigate, the officer witnessed Hill bludgeoning the victim, who was lying in his bed.  The officer quickly returned to his station, called for backup, and opened the security gate to allow other officers to enter and assist.  He then returned to the scene and saw that Hill had ceased beating the victim.  The officer demanded that Hill surrender his weapon, and Hill complied handing over the board he had used in the beating.

Rep. Graves’ Email Privacy Act Gaining Broad Support



tomgravescolor Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), who represents parts of Pickens County, along with Reps. Kevin Yoder (R-KS-03) and Jared Polis (D-CO-02), today announced continued and growing support for H.R. 1852, the Email Privacy Act. Since introducing the legislation last week, Rep. Polis joined the effort as the lead Democrat sponsor and worked with Reps. Graves and Yoder to gather 75 cosponsors for the bill. The congressmen are continuing aggressive outreach efforts to build broad bipartisan support in the House.




“With the latest concerns over abuse of government power, members are supporting the Email Privacy Act as a vehicle to ensure their constituents’ right to privacy. The American people deserve to have their right to email privacy, and the government’s limitations, clearly defined,” said Rep. Graves.