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Up, up and away - From left, Jack West, Preston Godfrey, Pickens Middle School Teacher Tom Brooks and Isabella Crowe look on as their handmade tissue paper hot air ballons take flight last week as part of an engineering and technology class.
"The hot air balloon unit introduces students to lighter-than-air travel in a fun hands-on activity,” the teacher said. “Students learn the concept of buoyancy, while also using incorporating math concepts such as volume,
photo/Cherokee County Fire Marshall
Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a fire this afternoon, shortly before 1:30, at 410 North Sharp Mountain Church Lane in Ball Ground.
Greg Erdely, Field Operations Chief for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, said that the mobile home was fully involved when he arrived on the scene. The homeowner, 73 year old Harold Jones, said that he had gone to
Enjoy a side-splittingly hilarious show at Reinhardt’s beautiful Falany Performing Arts Center while helping to empower young women.
Tennessee native Leanne Morgan is bringing her comedy show to Waleska to help raise funds for the University’s new leadership program for women. The Reinhardt Women’s Leadership Program is aimed at empowering young women and giving them opportunity to interact with successful, strong women from across the state of Georgia. Ten freshmen are selected each year to participate and receive scholarships for their involvement.
Commissioners Rob Jones, Becky Denney and Jerry Barnes look over figures at last Thursday's public hearing on taxes. They are expected to vote on the increase this week.
The public made it clear they do not approve of a proposed tax hike to give the county an additional 13 percent in operating funds during two meetings at the county administration building Thursday. The meeting was required for any government seeking a tax increase, with a final hearing this Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. and the commissioners expected to pass the increased millage in a meeting directly afterwards at 5:30 p.m.
This move would raise the county millage to 8.2, up from 7.22 last year.
If approved, the tax hike would give the county $11.2 million in taxes to fund the 2016 budgets, up from $9.8 million last year.
Both the morning and evening public hearings ran around two hours before Commission Chair Rob Jones brought them to ends with speaker after speaker indicating they were fed up with property tax increases.
Local business owner Ralph Fitts said during the morning meeting that every time the public comes to a meeting here it’s a tax increase. “When does it stop?” Fitts asked. “Where is that line that enough is enough?”
JASPER, Ga. - Georgia DOT advises motorists on State Route (SR) 53 in Pickens County that a maintenance crew will resume this morning its work on repairing and deep patching the deteriorating asphalt spots on this highway. Work will proceed daily Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and will force pacing traffic on the state route. This maintenance operation and the lane closure it necessitates are weather permitting and subject to change.
It is the Georgia DOT policy to repair and maintain Georgia interstates and state highways promptly, efficiently and economically using well-planned activities such as deep patching, proper equipment, and skilled and dedicated employees. Prompt repair of small asphalt pavement defects has significant impacts on reducing maintenance costs. Deep patching which will be used in this maintenance operation is one of the methods Georgia DOT uses to repair deteriorated, settled, cracking and dislodged pavement. The technique is much less expensive than other methods. As used by GDOT, deep patching provides a reasonable measure of roadway repairs and reduces maintenance costs.
DriveAlert ArriveAlive calls attention to an alarming increase in roadway fatalities across Georgia, many resulting from preventable crashes and distracted driving.DriveAlert ArriveAlive implores motorists to buckle up; stay off the phone and no texting; and drive alert. Visit www.dot.ga.gov/DS/SafetyOperation/DAAA. #ArriveAliveGA
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