Jasper, GA – The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Gerry Nechvatal to lead the Chamber as Executive Director, effective Thursday, September 1, 2016. From Board Chair Amberle Godfrey: “Gerry is a known commodity in our community. He brings a vast amount of experience and needed stability to the Chamber and its members.” The position had been vacant since the May resignation of the former Chamber president.
Pickens County Sheriff's JeepFest Crawl for the Kids is only a few days away, with activities gearing up Thursday, Sept. 1 and running though Sunday, Sept. 4. Click here to see the special JeepFest publication, which features tons of info about this year's event.
Georgia Milestones scores from the 2015-2016 school year have been released by the Georgia Department of Education. The good news is Pickens’ scores improved over the previous year, but local results are hit and miss when it comes to meeting the state average.
See full story in this week's print and online editions, including comments from the school board chair and the director of learning.
Earth’s Eco Reptiles and Amphibians founder and owner Troy Marrs with family dog Ma’ma Lou. Marrs and his wife Shannon renovated the shop space at 98 Dean Goss Road, Jasper, directly off of Highway 515 (next to Shiloh Baptist Church). They have two children, Kirby, four, and Rowan, two.
Troy Marrs grew up in Canton and now lives in Ball Ground. After considering a career in criminal justice, Marrs decided to blaze his own path. He recently founded Earth’s Eco in Jasper, which takes a natural approach to raising reptiles and amphibians through all organic enclosures called vivariums.
Morgan Miles Morris
Seventeen-year-old Pickens High student Morgan Miles Morris was arrested August 16th after meeting an undercover officer posing as a potential assassin to negotiate the murder of two PHS students.
Morris is being charged as an adult with Criminal Solicitation to Commit Murder. He remained in jail with no bond set at press time. A mental evaluation has been ordered for him.
See full story, including comments from the head of the criminal investigation division, in this week's print or online edition.