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Schools looking to trim employee numbers


    Superintendent Ben Desper reported to the school board they are “in a perfect storm of worst case scenarios” with the next budget which could lead to 30 or more positions being eliminated across the system.
    Speaking during a March 21st finance workshop with a roomful of school system employees in attendance but few members of the public, Desper said the “perfect storm” results from rising costs, particularly with healthcare, and falling student numbers.

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VIDEO: Grand Jury given tour of courthouse


Follow this link for a video of the Grand Jury's tour of the courthouse.

     Last week a handful of the members of the incoming grand jury were given a tour of the Pickens County courthouse, which is in final stages of renovation and expected to be completed this spring.
    The general contractor’s project manager Gabriel Schultz and Pickens County Commission Chair Rob Jones guided the tour from the basement level

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday in Talking Rock



The Jasper Merchants Association called off the Annual Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday due to cold and rainy weather. The eggs will be put into use this Saturday March 30th at the Talking Rock Town Park Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m.

The town of Talking Rock is located 1.4 miles east of Georgia Highway 515, between Jasper and Ellijay.


New rec. director wants to put program back in kids’ hands


Pickens County's new Parks & Recreation Director Brian Jones

The Pickens County Board of Commissioners recently announced that Pickens native Brian Jones has been hired as the new parks and recreation director.
    Jones, who will leave his position as Gilmer County Planning & Development Director this week, says he wants to make the programs more kid-oriented, and invite new ideas from the community to expand recreation offerings beyond regular sports programs such as basketball and baseball.

Ga. First Lady reads to Pickens preschoolers



Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal (second from left), and Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Bobby Cagle (left) visited preschoolers at Country Kids Daycare in Jasper as part of the statewide “Read-A-Loud Day.” Mrs. Deal read “What I’d Like to Be,” by Elizabeth Brown, a self-published Georgia author.

    Four and five year olds at Country Kids Daycare in Jasper were in for a treat this past Tuesday morning as the state’s First Lady Sandra Deal wriggled and swam her way through a children’s book that encourages children to image what life would be as different animals.