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Joy House plans to expand

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    Entering their 15th year, Joy House founder Steve Lowe said he has never seen a bigger need for the Christian ministry operating a residential program for teens and a non-residential counseling program.
    “We have been inundated with calls,” Lowe said in an interview earlier this month.  “Something has happened, more people know about us. Our homes are full and we have a waiting list.”

Petition opposes possible Dollar General

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    Dollar General is interested in a site on Cove Road at the corner of Grandview Road, which has many nearby residents in a panic over the possibility.

     A group of residents are up in arms over the possibility of a Dollar General being built at the corner of Grandview Road and Cove Road, with a petition circulating that has garnered hundreds of signatures as of press time.
    The uprising against the discount store comes just six months after the Pickens County Planning Commission denied a request for a parcel on the other corner of Grandview and Cove roads to be rezoned for the purpose of developing a Dollar General.

See the full story in this week's print or online edition.

Kids at Roper Park must have supervision under new policy

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When school is in session, many Pickens County Middle Schoolers walk through this culvert to get to Roper Park after they are dismissed from school --- but many of the kids are unsupervised and it has created a big problem, according to the rec director.

     Commissioners swiftly and unanimously voted to beef up rules regarding unsupervised minors at Roper Park, a situation the recreation director said was “spiraling out of control.”
    Beginning on August 1, all kids under the age of 16 will be required to have supervision at Roper Park by an adult 18 years or older. This includes all playing fields, tracks and the Pickens County Community Center. Signage will be placed around the park to alert park goers of the new policy. 

See the full story including comments from rec director Brian Jones in this week's edition.

Salaries bring split vote to school budget

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     The tentative schools budget passed by a slim 3-2 margin at the Thursday, June 16 school board meeting, with board members Daniel Bell and Delaine Lewis casting a no vote based mainly on salary issues with two positions in the system.

See the full story including comments from Bell and Lewis in this week's edition.

Finding ‘Awesome’: Pickens adventurer rappels Amicalola Falls

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By William Young

    Feeding rope through my rappel rack, I back closer to the edge. I glance over my shoulder at rushing water as it begins its 729 foot cascade to a pool far below.
    Amicalola Falls, one of north Georgia’s most beautiful spots, is besieged by a multitude of visitors. Only a small percentage of those are thoughtless enough to leave trash behind. But it mounts up. Some of that trash enters the stream, ending up on the falls or below. Some of the trash is found near the trail or the stairs.