Planning commission approves unusual Highway business to residential request
The property in red has been recommended to be rezoned to residential by the planning commission.
Planning and Development Director Richard Osborne got an assignment Monday that is very appropriate with Halloween approaching – research pet cemetery rules.
Osborne told the planning commission at their October meeting that he had been contacted by Stanley Morris, of Philadelphia Road, inquiring about the county’s position on a pet cemetery.
At a recent meeting of the Pickens County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Lula Mae Perry referenced an article published in the AJC back in August titled “Teacher Pay in Georgia: Which Georgia school system pays teachers most?” The article ranked Pickens with the ninth highest paid teachers in the state, on average.
Dr. Perry and the board appeared pleased with the ranking and expressed their support for teachers. The Progress followed up with a few questions to find out a little more about why teachers here make about $4,000 more annually than the state average of $54,750, and to learn how teacher pay is calculated.
See this week's print or online edition for full story.
Minh Triet To, above, was born in Vietnam but now lives in Calhoun where he is building new chicken houses. To is part of a growing trend among Vietnamese to start poultry and other farming operations in the South.
Minh Triet To, a Vietnamese man who has lived in the U.S. since 2001, is excited about the eight new chicken houses under construction on his Gordon County property.
For To and the increasing number of Vietnamese and Asian families flocking to poultry and other types of farming in the southern U.S., chicken farms are lucrative and solid business moves.
“The income is good,” said To, who also owns a nail salon and has rental properties with his wife. “It’s not up and down, like when the market broke down. The chicken farm keeps going, always going.”
Book in photo for Daniel Culbreth
Sheriff Press Release
Daniel Culbreth, a math teacher at Pickens High School, was arrested on Thursday night (October 6, 2016) for Computer Exploitation of Children and Sexual Assault by Persons with Supervisory Authority. The arrest came during an investigation into inappropriate communications with a student.
Led by Detective Steven Holmes of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, who also serves as an agent for the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, detectives began following up on a tip that Mr. Culbreth had been using the popular teen social media app Snapchat to communicate with female students.
The agenda for Monday's meeting was revised after our last edition came out.
PICKENS COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION
DATE: October 10, 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Pickens County Administrative Center - Commissioner’s Meeting Room
I. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
II. READING AND APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES
III. >OLD BUSINESS:>
A. TA-9-16-004 Chapter 74 Utilities Revisions & Modification
IV. >NEW BUSINESS:>
A. >Rezone Request RZ-08-16-1210 William Edward Simmons 2514 Hwy 515 South, Jasper, GA>
Highway Business (HB) to Suburban Residential (SR)
B. Text Amendment Discussion – Pet Cemeteries
V. >BOARD COMMENTS>
VI. PUBLIC COMMENTS
>> > > >>