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Parents upset over new transportation policy

Transportation Director says previous chaos led to safety issues


    Some parents of Pickens County students say the recent changes to the bus transportation policy have left them scrambling to find childcare after school lets out.
    But the school system’s transportation director Bruce Godfrey said the changes have been put in place for the sole reason of keeping Pickens students safe, not to make it easier on bus drivers or the system as a whole.  


Fountain nominated for Georgia Country Male Artist of the Year

Thomas Fountain needs your votes


thomasfountain Jasper-born Thomas Fountain has made it into the semi-finals for the title of Georgia County Male Artist of the Year through and he needs your help taking home the title.

    Fountain, who was raised in Jasper and who currently lives Ball Ground, is one of 12 remaining musicians competing in this category in the state.
    Fountain was a former member of the popular local cover band 53 West, but stepped away from music for a while before returning last year with a new vision and a new direction.


Powerball reaches colossal $425M for Wednesday


     ATLANTA – Brisk sales have pushed the Powerball jackpot to $425 million, up from $400 million, for Wednesday’s drawing, Georgia Lottery officials announced today.
     The $425 million jackpot is the third largest jackpot in the game’s history.
     Saturday's Powerball drawing delivered hefty prizes to players across Georgia, including two $1 million prizes.
     The lucky tickets worth $1 million were purchased in Douglasville and Milton. Those tickets matched the first five winning numbers from the Aug. 3 drawing. One Georgia Lottery player also won a $10,000 prize. The winning ticket was purchased in Marietta.
     Winning numbers from the Aug. 3 Powerball drawing were: 21-24-36-42-45 and the Powerball was 15.
     Powerball has grown since June 26 and has rolled 12 times.
     Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $425 million annuity prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $244 million.
     Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can add the Power Play feature for an additional $1 per play to multiply non-jackpot prize winnings.
     As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.
     Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.6 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

More flooding reported, roads closed



Updated at 11 a.m.  Wednesday -- most roads in Pickens County now open. Gennett still closed to thru traffic, Mineral Springs closed and Eagle Perch area near Yellow Creek still has roads closed. Road crews in Eagle Perch area. All emergency crews return to standby status.



 Emergency crews work to remove a trapped resident from Wigington Lane.

The rescue was completed successfully this morning. 

     Fire Chief Bob Howard said this morning the same areas that saw flash floods last week are getting hit again by heavy rains with Burnt Mountain Road closed or narrowed to one lane is several spots due to down trees and more mudslides. A rescue requiring a raft was completed with no injuries at a Wigington Lane residence.

      Flooding in the roadways was reported at Old Philadelphia and Talking Rock Highway intersection; and the Highway 136 junction with Jones Mountain.

The city of Jasper saw many streets flooded and Gennett Drive collapse, similar to Tamarack Drive in Bent Tree last week. Mineral Springs is also closed.

    In Talking Rock, Talona Creek is up 7- 10 feet over normal flow. Sheriff officers have asked for a voluntarily evacuation of campers at Talona Creek Campground. The bridge over Talona Creek on Whitestone Road is closed.

Updating an earlier story, Cove Road is open with no problems reported.


Gennett Drive in Jasper gave way completely this morning in heavy rains, also taking out a water line.  In Photo, Mayor John Weaver in red discusses options with Charlotte Fortner from the city's public works department. They are separated by a deep chasm.




Swiftwater rescue at Younglife



Two employees of the Younglife Camp in the Grandview area were rescued by a  Forsyth County Swiftwater Rescuse team this morning on the access road leading to the camp. See full rescue of first stranded person from YouTube.

The two employees were in a truck that washed downstream lodging on a formed island that developed after a flash flood swept through the narrow creek channel, blowing out culverts.


See short video of rescue of second person at our facebook page.