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Plans for chicken houses ruffle feathers

Proposal of 12 mega poultry houses meets opposition

at planning commission meeting
chicken-house-satellite    The red outlined parcel has been proposed for new poultry houses. Many surrounding homeowners spoke in opposition to the plan at Monday’s planning commission meeting.   

     Hearing from more than 20 speakers Monday opposed to a rezoning request needed to bring 12 “mega” chicken houses to Carlan Road, the planning commission decided to slow things down, tabling the issue for a month.
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Library materials budget down to zero

No budget increase could mean cuts to staff, hours

library-funding

 

    From left, Joann Forrest and James Moore say they use the Pickens library computers nearly everyday. Cutting hours could negatively impact residents such as these.

    Ann Dobson, chair of the Pickens County Library Board of Trustees, recently told commissioners if the library doesn’t get an increase in their 2016 budget, reduction of staff and library hours will be next on the chopping block.

It's official: Tom Cruise movie to shoot in area

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Actor Tom Cruise poses for a picture at the Cherokee airport during an earlier scouting trip for a movie set to shoot in Ball Ground and south Pickens.

 

By Larry Cavender,

Ball Ground correspondent

  Ball Ground is the chosen one! At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Ball Ground City Council on Thursday evening, City Manager Eric Wilmarth announced that shortly before 6 p.m., Ball Ground officials were notified that the city had been selected by a movie production company as a location for several scene's in the upcoming movie, Mena, starring Tom Cruise.

   Speculation had been running rampant over the past several weeks that Ball Ground might be used for location filming in the movie. After several weeks of visits by a location scouting team and especially after a surprise visit to the town a couple of weeks ago by Cruise himself, rumors had been circulating that a decision was close. It is now official.

Chastain bloodline could hold key to Alzheimer’s research

"We’re the only family known with this gene," says Chastain descendant.

"If we step up we can help everybody.”

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Descendants of Pierre Chastain who in Pickens and Gilmer counties unroll their extensive family tree. Top researcher Dr. Allan Levey at Emory's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center believes studying the Chastain family's genetics could lead to breakthroughs in the field.

    It was July 12, 1700 when the ship Mary and Ann of London arrived at the mouth of Virginia’s James River. On board were Pierre Chastain and other French Huguenot refugees who left Gravesend, England for the New World.
    Chastain, one of the ship’s 207 passengers, organized the transcontinental journey – but along with those

Resident calls for gunfire ordinances

“I’m scared for my safety,” resident says after vehicle window shattered by bullet

 

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Pickens resident Peggie Bauer said her residentially-zoned property feels like a shooting range, thanks to a neighbor’s target practice on an adjacent parcel. 

“I’m scared for my safety,” Bauer told commissioners at their most recent work session  Thursday, April 2. “I’d like to bring this county into the 21st Century. You need to protect your citizens.”

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