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County out third planning and development director in under a year

Pickens County Seal    While he would not release details at this time, Pickens Commission Chair Rob Jones confirmed Monday, July 6 that Alberto Torres is no longer employed by the county as planning and development director.  

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Big change could double capacity at Good Sam

good-sam-files    Progress File Photo from earlier at Good Sam
    The Good Sam clinic may need more room for files. Changing to a Community Health Center model opens the door for expansion of services, staff and hours.

     The Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center has already made exciting news this year, with the opening of their first modern building to serve the poor and medically underserved in the community.
    That was the first of three buildings that will eventually form a medical complex to continue their mission.
    But the construction may not be the most exciting news coming from Good Sam this summer. An administrative change to be implemented this fall could substantially increase the clinic’s ability to serve more patients and

Crackdown on Hwy. 515 issued for month of July

sheriff-crackdown 4604    Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell, Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig and Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Tim Nichols say their officers will begin “aggressive enforcement” of speeding and erratic driving on Highway 515 following two fatal wrecks.

     The heads of the three law enforcement agencies that patrol Highway 515 in this area announced Monday a crackdown on speeding and erratic driving that will run the entire month of July.
    The significantly increased patrols come after two fatalities occurred on the four-lane in Pickens County during June and reports indicate that accidents there have increased 53 percent this year over last year.

Georgia high court upholds hit man murder conviction


Published Monday, July 6, 2015


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            The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence of Chiman Rai, a native of India, who was convicted in Fulton County of hiring a hit man to murder his daughter-in-law, Michelle “Sparkle” Reid Rai.

            In today’s unanimous opinion in this high-profile case, Justice Carol Hunstein writes for the Court that the evidence at trial “was sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Rai was guilty of the crimes of which he was convicted.”

A look back at July 4 in Jasper

From greased poles to greased pigs


 A scene shot from the second story window of The Edge Building looking down on the courthouse lawn in the early 70’s.

     What do a greasy pole climb, a fat person contest and “the man with the monkey and the man with the crow” all have in common?
    According to a schedule in a 1958 edition of this publication [printed in its entirety on page 17A] they were some of many quirky events at what was arguably Jasper’s first July Fourth celebration, hosted by the Jasper Lion’s Club. 
    “It was the biggest event of the year,” said Lawton Baggs who served with the local Lion’s chapter for over four decades beginning in 1974. “People came from all over to have a good time.”

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