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Summer zero tolerance DUI campaign launched

DUI Offenders to Be Targeted During the Fourth of July Holiday




July 4th remains one of the most dangerous holidays on Georgia roads and to combat that, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is joining a national impaired driving enforcement effort to get drunk drivers off the roads and inside a jail cell.


Why? Because alcohol-impaired crashes still account for 23 percent of all traffic fatalities in Georgia and in the last 2 years, the state has averaged 88 alcohol-impaired crashes for the July 3 to July 5 travel period. To help reverse this trend, GOHS will be partnering with law enforcement agencies across the state to launch the annual Operation Zero Tolerance campaign where drivers are warned that if they’re over the limit, they’ll be under arrest.


Perry signs one-year contract as Pickens school superintendent


            At a called meeting Wednesday, Dr. Lula Mae Perry was hired to a one-year contract as the superintendent for Pickens County schools.

            Previous discussion by the board had indicated that Perry, who served 12 years as the superintendent in Jeff Davis County before retirement, would only get an initial six-month interim contract.



            At the meeting Wednesday, the board expressed their pleasure with bringing the veteran superintendent to Pickens County.

            Dr. Perry responded saying that she looked forward to working with the board and appreciated their show of support.  See previous story on this.


Tax Digest in the works


     Continuing to work on the values of property in the county for the 2013 digest, the tax assessors’ office anticipates no problem meeting the state deadline for submission, which is August 1, but did not indicate it would be ready any time significantly sooner.
    Despite school officials regular public comments that they can’t finish their budget until the digest numbers are released, Chief Tax Assessor Roy Dobbs points out (and the state Dept. of Revenue confirms) that digest numbers are not due to the state until August 1.

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Tea: The house wine of the South

Tea trumps coffee at local restaurants


    Speed Burger employee Camille Johnson stirs up a batch of sweet tea before the restaurant opens.
    Once upon a sweet time there was tea.
    Not sweet tea or half and half, just tea – and it was always sweet. Our Southern heritage, like our tea, has been diluted a bit but many of us still consider tea – that brown drink served from a big pitcher and sweetened with good old-fashioned cane sugar – the epitome of a classic drink. 


From art to sports, summer camps in full swing


    This week nearly 40 kids are flexing their creative muscles at art camp at VanGoghs Hideaway in Jasper. VanGoghs owner Kathe Hall, top left, is using the theme of recycled materials for projects children will create through the week. Here, art campers sift through aluminum cans, bottle tops and old keys that will become their very own works of art. VanGoghs is one of the many places in Pickens that children can participate in summer camps this year. Be sure to look through our print edition for ads and articles about other ongoing camps.