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Bald Eagle nesting reaches new high in Georgia

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Photo/Jim Ozier/GaDNR

         An eagle nest in a hardwood -- not the norm -- at Lake Walter F. George in Quitman County. The nest was spotted during DNR's bald eagle nest survey flights this year.

            The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has documented the most bald eagle nests ever found in the state, more than 200 sites that show eagle nesting levels in Georgia continue to soar.

            According to preliminary results of aerial surveys done in January and March, the DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section counted 210 occupied nesting territories, 166 successful nests and 270 young fledged.

PHS grads visit their old elementary, middle schools

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Graduating PHS senior Allen Bufford speaks to Hill City Elementary 5th grade students.

     In what could become a new tradition, graduating seniors from PHS visited their former Pickens elementary and middle schools this week, Wednesday, May 20. 

     Around 11 a.m. a group of seniors were bussed to the Hill City Elementary campus wearing full cap and gown. Hill City students lined the walls while grads made their way through the hallway to the gym, where five seniors gave advice to rising middle schoolers.

Planning Commission reminds public they are not the final say on decisions

 

 

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Following some brief business at a regular meeting May 11, the county planning commission discussed their role in zoning/ land use process and the public’s misconception of their powers.

The discussion arose as part of board comments during a regular meeting when commission member Linda Casey noted the heated discussion over a recent application involving planned chickens houses extended outside the meeting and continued after the zoning application was withdrawn.

Board chair Bill Cagle agreed that members of the public wishing to make their voices heard appeared to not realize that the planning commission only makes recommendations and no member of the commission has any direct powers.

Cagle said the misunderstanding was shown clearly when members of the public stated “they would never vote for them again.” For anyone who doesn’t get Cagle’s point: the planning commission is appointed not elected.

Ball Ground man dies in off-road accident

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From Cherokee Sheriff's Office

Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an off road accident that occurred on the McGraw Ford Wildlife Management Area off Highway 372 near Ball Ground at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. James Padgett Jr., 28 years old of Ball Ground, was driving his Jeep Cherokee on steep trails with two other family members when it was reported that at one point the vehicle stalled on a very steep hill. The two passengers exited the vehicle and Padgett was able to get the vehicle running again.

 

While trying to get momentum going up the hill, the vehicle slid sideways and careened down a 200 foot embankment. Padgett was ejected from the vehicle. The two family members were not in the vehicle when it went down the embankment. Padgett was life-flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he later died of his injuries.

                The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the accident.

 

Filming of Cruise movie underway in Ball Ground

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By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer

 

The famous Main Street rocks have been removed and most period signage has been erected as Ball Ground readies itself for its hour in the Hollywood spotlight. Filming of a major motion picture Mena starring Tom Cruise was set to begin on Wednesday, May 20th, but the schedule has already been adjusted because of delays and will  start on Thursday, May 21st.

For the filming schedule see the print or online editions