Jerry Barnes easily won the west Pickens commission seat, while incumbent Sharon Troglin won a tight race for tax commissioner in the two local races on Tuesday’s ballot.
Barnes handily defeated democrat Sally Sue Bradley to join Becky Denney and Commission Chair Rob Jones as the first multi-member board of commissioners. Barnes took 84 percent of the votes from the western district.
Barnes said following the vote Tuesday, that the seven months of campaigning including the primary and this race had been tough, but he looks forward to getting to work. He cited the courthouse project and budget issues as top priorities.
“We’ll have folks with different ideas coming together,” he said. “I believe we can make a difference.”
In the other local race, Sharon Troglin, who ran as an independent, defeated former Nelson Mayor David Leister running as a republican, 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. Troglin finished with 6,235 to Leister’s 5,778.
Pickens voters showed a strong preference for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the presidential race with the challenger taking 83 percent of the 12,671 cards cast here.
Pickens voters also gave wide margins of victory to the the two Republicans in the congressional races here with Tom Graves and Doug Collins winning handily.
Scores of contraband watches and purses were seized from an Acworth man who planned to sell the fake goods to buyers he contacted through Craigslist. From left, Sgt. Pat Seals, Corp. Brandon Duncan, Sheriff Donnie Craig, and Det. Marc Phipps look over the merchandise at the Criminal Investigation Division office.
People hoping for a fake Rolex or Louis Vuitton purse this Christmas may be disappointed after Pickens Sheriff officers working with corporate investigators took a large haul of the counterfeit luxury items off the streets last week. See complete story in our e-edition.
Licensee Steve Cockerham re-opened the doors to Jasper’s Zaxby’s restaurant Monday, Oct. 29. The restaurant has been renovated after a kitchen fire in May, pictured above. In advance of the official public reopening, Zaxby’s invited local first responders to a private appreciation party on Sunday for their quick-response time in putting out the fire.
Voters angered over enforcement of polling place law
The owner of this vehicle was asked to move when a poll worker spotted the Romney/Ryan bumper sticker. According to the elections officer, bumper stickers are considered “campainging” at polling places.
Early afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 25, a voter squealed his car out of the gravel parking lot at the Pickens Elections Office after being told his Romney/Ryan bumper sticker was considered campaigning and he would have to either cover it up or move the vehicle.
By Alex Goble
The Pickens County School Board held a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25, in which Superintendent Ben Desper’s contract was renewed in a unanimous 5-0 vote. The vote took place following a private executive session that lasted for much of the meeting.
All five members of the board (Wendy Lowe, Byron Long, Ervin Easterwood, John Trammell and Dan Fincher) voted in favor of extending the contract.
The executive session lasted a little over an hour and included the two incoming board members (Mike Cowart and Peggy Andrews) who will take office in January.
According to Wendy Lowe, the board’s chair, Superintendent Desper wanted to be assured that he had a position in the future if he decided to stay on as superintendent instead of retiring, because there are incentives right now for him to retire early.
“We think he’s headed in the right direction and we don’t want to go on a superintendent search right now,” said Lowe, reinforcing the board’s confidence in their choice.