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Tater Patch Players' "Sylvia" runs through February 14


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Greg playing with Sylvia, to Kate's dismay.
By Pat Jewell
Tater Patch Players

    After stating “The dog phase of our life is definitely over” Kate is shocked and angry when her husband, Greg, brings a stray home. Kate and Greg have raised their children and moved to the city, carving out a new life in their careers and social activities.  There is simply no room for a dog in their lives.

Hammontree named STAR Student of Mountain Education Charter High School

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     Shea Hammontree has been named the 2016 STAR Student of Mountain Education Charter High School.  The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the STAR Program.  Hammontree is the daughter of Miles and Beth Hammontree of Jasper.  She selected Mrs. Susan Anderson, teacher at Harmony Elementary School, as her STAR Teacher.

County EMA thanks public for staying home, praises county/emergency crews for “pitching in”

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  Friday night proved pretty uneventful with the public heeding warnings to stay of the roads, said Deputy EMA director for Pickens County Rodney Buckingham.

  “I want to thank the public; they heeded warning and stayed home,” he said. “I am not aware of any serious problems that occurred.

  Buckingham was also quick to praise the work of the county road crews, and emergency personnel. “The county road crews were quick to get to the trouble spots and do what they could with the conditions. Our fire and sheriff personnel took care of downed trees on the roads. They all pitched in and worked together. It’s one of the great things about living in Pickens County.”

  For tonight: Buckingham said things are definitely melting off with the sun, but cautioned the temperatures are not predicted to get above freezing until Sunday afternoon. He said all this moisture will likely freeze up again.

  All roads are open as of about 11 a.m. Saturday, but there are going be icy patches.

            

New leadership at airport brings enthusiasm, forward momentum

“My goal is to push these projects into reality so we can start seeing a surplus,” said new authority chair

airport 2249A shot down the central taxiway of the 17-acre 'horseshoe" located beside the Pickens County Airport. The airport authority hopes to attract aviation related businesses to build hangars here.    

New leadership and a new engineering firm at the Pickens County Airport seem to have generated a renewed enthusiasm for development and expansion, with two big initiatives slated to happen this year.

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Don’t Wait on Iowa, Georgians Can Vote Now

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Voting in Georgia for the Presidential Preference Primary began 20 days ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, and 28 days ahead of the February 8, New Hampshire Primary date. Georgians who want to vote now for a presidential candidate in the Democrat or Republican Preference Primaries can do so by voting a mail-in absentee ballot.

“In Georgia, we have a very responsive system for the public that allows voters to cast their ballot at their convenience. This, paired with our Online Voter Registration website (OLVR), gives unprecedented access to the polls for Georgia voters,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Georgia law allows for “no fault absentee voting” so registered voters can request a mail-in absentee ballot from their local elections office for any reason up to 45 days ahead of a federal election date. Georgia’s Presidential Preference Primary is scheduled for March 1 as a part of the regional “SEC Primary”.