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School system’s upcoming decision on governance important but complicated




The Pickens school board, like all school boards in Georgia, has a very important decision to reach by June 30th.

Georgia school systems must officially declare which of three "flexibility options" (look at Issue #3) they will follow and implement. These options are also referred to as “district governance.” 

Meeting with Superintendent Lula Mae Perry Monday to discuss promoting an informational hearing on the subject March 19th, 6:30 p.m. at Pickens High School Performing Arts Center, I was immediately struck by how highly technical and complicated this process is.

Bluegrass festival organizers prepare for big May event



Volunteers from the American Legion’s Bluegrass Charity Festival survey site plans for the May 8-10 event in Jasper, above.

The first annual weekend concert festival will be held at the field behind Ingles and will use a layout similar to the annual JeepFest. Plans are for the same stage setup to be used at this event as for the bonfire concerts during JeepFest.

Upcoming event at Eagle’s Rest features lecture and wildflower planting



 These people need to smile! You can put a smile on these volunteers faces, Bert and Bunny Loftman, by helping them plant native wildflowers in Eagle’s Rest Park on Mt. Oglethorpe. 

       Saturday, March 21, after the 2 p.m. Frank Wright lecture on the Appalachian Trail and Mt. Oglethorpe, you can put a smile on these volunteers faces, Bert and Bunny Loftman, by helping them plant native wildflowers in Eagle’s Rest Park on Mt. Oglethorpe. 


Pickens native battled Ebola outbreak in Liberia




CDC / Photo courtesy

Laura Adams in the field in Liberia as part of the CDC’s Ebola response team.

Laura Adams has spent her career in public health and last fall traveled to Liberia as a member of a Centers for Disease Control team to battle the most prominent scare to global public health in some time - Ebola. 

Ga. Senators say Obama Administration Must Withdraw Ammo Ban

Isakson and Perdue Argue that Second Amendment at risk

      WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today signed on to a letter calling on the Obama administration to withdraw a proposed regulation that would effectively ban certain ammunition used in AR-15-style rifles and other firearms.
     The letter to B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or ATF, states, “Second Amendment rights require not only access to firearms but to bullets. If law-abiding gun owners cannot obtain rifle ammunition, or face substantial difficulty in finding ammunition available and at reasonable process because government entities are banning such ammunition, then the Second Amendment is at risk.”
      The letter argues that ATF’s new framework that allows it to apply a ban to rifle ammunition would deprive many law-abiding rifle owners of the ability to obtain cartridges that are commonly used for sporting purposes such as target shooting and hunting. The letter also makes clear that Congress did not, and did not intend to, ban this form of ammunition. It also notes that ATF’s proposed ban would encompass a type of ammunition that is frequently used in the AR-15, the most popular rifle design in the United States.
     “As Georgians know, I am committed to protecting the unfettered Second Amendment rights of all Americans, and this proposal puts the Second Amendment at risk,” said Senator Isakson, a member of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. “This proposed ban is yet another example of the Obama administration reinterpreting the Constitution to suit its purposes, rather than following Congress and the will of the people.”
      “This is another example of President Obama trying to circumvent Congress and the Constitution to get his way,” said Senator Perdue. “Our Second Amendment rights shouldn’t be a part of a cynical political game. Georgians deserve leaders who will defend the Constitution and create commonsense policies, and I will work every day to fulfill those goals.”
        The letter was authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and signed by 52 senators, including Isakson and Perdue.


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