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Congressman Collins questions Windstream on service


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to telecommunications provider Windstream regarding their unsatisfactory and substandard service to their customers in the Ninth District of Georgia. Congressman Collins is requesting information from the company, which received government money from the Phase II Connect America Fund, as well as preferred tax status from the IRS, on why their service continues to underperform in Northeast Georgia, despite the federal government’s involvement.


The full text of the letter is below:

Pickens taxes stack up well compared to other counties


     Figures gathered by county government show that Pickens stacked up well when compared to nearby counties for having a low property tax rate for 2015.

     Pickens had a total property tax rate of 23.372 mills, comprised of .05 for state tax; 16.1 for schools and 7.222 for county government in 2015.
     See full story, including comments from Pickens' Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs, in our print and online editions.

Barring state routes, roads “hazardous” on Wed.



Georgia Department of Transportation crews have been out in full force to treat icy roadways. Above, a truck makes its way east on Highway 53 in the Hill City area this morning around 8:30 a.m.

The county is urging anyone who does not need to be out to stay home, citing hazardous road conditions, especially on side and secondary roads.

         Pickens County Deputy EMA Director Rodney Buckingham said county crews are out spreading rock and salt, focusing on highly traveled roads like Steve Tate Highway, Yellow Creek Road and Talking Rock Highway. After these main arteries are cleared they will branch out onto secondary roads.

Loving Well Valentine event Friday


     The North Georgia Pregnancy Center has set Friday, February 12 for its 5th annual Loving Well event, a program developed for middle and high school students and their parents. The event is free and open to any who would like to attend.
    Loving Well will be held at the Jasper campus of Chattahoochee Tech. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

Delayed start for Pickens schools Thursday

school winter info

Delayed School Start - Tomorrow

Due to inclement weather conditions, the Pickens County School District will operate on a two-hour delay, Thursday, February 11, 2016. The start time for all schools will be delayed two hours. Elementary schools will start at 9:45 a.m., middle schools at 10:10 a.m., and the high school at 10:10 a.m.

Parents should expect their child’s bus to arrive two hours later than usual. For example, if your child’s bus arrives at the bus stop at 7:00 a.m., it will arrive at 9:00 a.m.

Teachers and staff should report to work by 9:00 a.m.

Information will be posted on the Pickens County School District website