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Accessibility of elections office questioned at commissioner’s meeting

Speaking at the January commissioner’s meeting, Pickens resident and Pickens County TEA Party Public Information Officer Nancy Davis expressed concern that the future location of the Pickens County Elections & Registration Office (shown above) is not “voter friendly.”

According to Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts, the office will be relocated from the Pickens County Administration Building on East Church Street into a building on Pioneer Road, formerly the Hair Hutch, beginning March 21 of this year.

Roberts said the office will continue to conduct the same functions it currently serves, including voter registration and early voting.


“I am handicapped, and there is insufficient parking,” Davis said, adding that the majority of parking at the former Hair Hutch is on a slant, and further that when backing out from the building, voters will be pulling into a main road with heavy traffic from Chattahoochee Technical College.

Davis said Pickens has a large senior voting population she feels will have difficulty at the new building because of its limited parking.

“It could be used as early voting, but it’s not a precinct,” Jones reminded. “Voters still have to go to their polling places. It’s not like we’re segregating anybody out.”

Pickens County Attorney Phil Landrum, III said the county opted to relocate the office following an ethics complaint filed in 2009 in which the county was accused of violating the prohibition against campaigning within 150 feet of a polling place.

County cracking down on illegal dumping





“We need to raise awareness and get this under control,” says county marshal



Shown are hundreds of pounds of trash at a large illegal dumpsite on Carns Mill Road off Hwy 515.

     In the last year Pickens County Marshal Jim Harvey has written 43 citations for illegally dumping trash inside county lines.

   Now Harvey is on a mission to inform the public about the seriousness of the problem and the potential severity of littering fines and imprisonment. He also wants to encourage people to report suspicious activity if they see it to aid in future investigations.

   “We need to raise awareness and get this under control,” he said. “It’s just getting completely out of hand.” Harvey says he has been so busy pursuing illegal dumpers that he has been unable to focus on his other primary responsibility as marshal, that of collecting delinquent taxes from pre-bill mobile homes, which is says is costing the county thousands of dollars.

You can more about Harvey’s efforts in this week’s print edition.

Land named 2011 STAR student














STAR student Michael Land  and STAR teacher Gail Culbreth.


By Reeder Burch,

Optimist Club

Michael Land of Jasper has been named the 2011 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR Program. Land, the son of Brent and Melissa Land, selected Gail Culbreth as his STAR Teacher.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 53rd year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education.  Since its inception, the STAR Program has honored more than 22,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having the most influence on their academic success. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three part SAT and be in the top 10% or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

Raccoon attacks jogger in city park

Jasper officials seek info on any raccoon encounters in city


A raccoon attacked a jogger early Thursday morning, Jan. 28, in the Jasper City Park near the duck pond.


The small raccoon died after the jogger choked the animal to remove it from his pants leg and then held the animal to the ground using a broken umbrella a fellow jogger retrieved from a nearby trash can. A city police officer called to the scene noted the animal was dead when he arrived.


The incident left the jogger unscratched and city officials seeking more information on any other raccoon encounters in the city.


Jasper Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters asked anyone that may have had contact with a raccoon in the park or the densely populated area around the park call Jasper City Hall at 706-253-9100.

From Tate quarry to the capitol

Following his inauguration, Governor Nathan Deal was presented with the official nameplate for the Governor of the State of Georgia.

The nameplate is solid white Georgia marble and inlaid with the state seal and lettering in gold leaf. The lettering reads, “Nathan Deal 82nd Governor State of Georgia.”

Making the presentation was François Darmayan, president of Polycor Georgia Marble, Walter Davis III and Dennis Burnette. Davis is a descendant of Colonel Sam Tate the president of Georgia Marble at the turn of the 20th century.