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Memorial Day ceremony Monday in Jasper

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Memorial Day is a day our country has set aside as a holiday to remember all who gave their lives so that our great nation could continue to shine as a beacon of freedom, and all Americans could continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty. 

“On this day we should reaffirm the values that these men and women fought for that made this nation great.” 

These words were written by a member of Marine Corps League Det. #1280, one of the organizers of this year’s memorial day ceremony to be held at the Sunrise Memorial Gardens on Highway 53 in Jasper, across the street from McDonald’s (Please note that Google maps will not give you the correct address if you are planning to attend). 

Jones wins re-election as commission chair

Incumbent Commission Chair Rob Jones handily won re-election Tuesday, making him the longest sitting top official in the modern history of this county.

Jones has previously won twice as sole commissioner and this marks twice as the commission chair. He defeated Bill Newton three of the times, including Tuesday where Jones took 2,384 votes to Newton’s 1,598.  Jones received 60 percent of the votes cast.

Following the outcome, Jones said “his job” is what he credits for his long popularity with voters. He said he has always worked hard for the county and treated everyone fairly and he believed that voters recognize that.

McDonald's facelift inside and out

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Hold the mayo - Renovations to completely update the interior and exterior of the Jasper McDonald’s are expected to last four weeks.

    An Egg McMuffin will have to wait a few weeks at your local Jasper McDonald’s. The long anticipated construction began early Monday morning as the facility was surrounded by contractors and equipment. This landmark local gathering spot was originally constructed in 1989 and has received several renovations during its tenure as a hub for the community and supporter of local athletics, clubs, scout troops, and churches. 

Duncan resigns as Chamber president

 

Search underway for replacement

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     Statement from Pickens County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors - Denise Duncan resigned as President of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce effective Friday, May 20, 2016. The Board of Directors would like to express our appreciation for Denise's service to the Chamber, its members, and our community and we wish her well in her future endeavors. Members of the board will work with current staff on an interim basis to handle the day-to-day operations and to ensure that members’ needs are being met. A committee will be formed to begin a search to fill this position. We ask for the patience and the support of our members during this transition, and we pledge to take this opportunity to make the Chamber developed by Denise's leadership even better.

 

Opioid epidemic in N. Ga. prompts congressman to offer resource guide for families

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     Congressman Collins shared a comprehensive addiction resources toolkit to help families in the Ninth District of Georgia and across the state to address the issues associated with opioid addiction. The guide is now available through the Congressman’s district office in Gainesville, and on the Congressman’s website.