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School board challengers introduced


School board candidates spoke at this month's Pickens GOP meeting.

     Candidates in the two contested school board seats made their first public appearance at the Pickens GOP meeting last week.
    Each local candidate was allowed five minutes.
    These races will appear on the upcoming May ballot. To vote in the Republican race voters must select a Republican ballot.    

Legislature enters final week of session with many issues undecided






 By Pam O’Dell

Capitol Reporter



 Thursday, March 20th is the last day of the state legislative session. The 40th final day will likely end at midnight as many bills compete to pass both the Senate and House or ‘die’ for the year.

Help the Boys and Girls Club win $30,000



Submitted by Michelle Brackin, Executive Director


Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia




We Need Your Help:  Vote for Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia in the Champions of Care Challenge.  You can help us win $30,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs.




Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia has already been chosen as a winner of a $1,000 grant. Now we need your vote to win a $30,000 grant from local Health Mart pharmacists. The deadline for the first round of voting in Health Mart’s Champions of Care Challenge is midnight on Sunday, March 23, and we need your vote so that our finalist Jan Day makes it into the final round.




 You can vote every day until this round of the contest closes at midnight on Sunday, March 23.




What happens after Sunday?




10 finalists and their chosen non-profits will move on to the last round of the Champions of Care Challenge, where the following BIG prizes will be awarded:




· Grand Prize – $30,000 grant to be given to a community health non-profit




· Second Place Prize – $3,000 grant to be given to a community health non-profit




· Third Place Prize – $2,000 grant to be given to a community health non-profit

Starting on March 17th, the public will have two weeks to vote for their favorite Champions of Care at





Now that’s a lot of change!


 Please take a moment today to cast your vote for Jan Day in the Champions of Care Challenge. With only 10 spots available and so many amazing entries, we really need your help.


DNR Launches Interactive Map of Recreational Lands

Find your way to the great outdoors

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities.  The “Georgia Outdoor Map” includes state parks, wildlife management areas, public fishing areas, boat ramps, and historic sites. Users are able to search by category to find locations where they can camp, hunt, hike, fish or explore history. 


interactive map

“We are proud to offer this new resource to Georgia’s citizens and visitors,” said Governor Nathan Deal.  “We are blessed here in Georgia with a state that is rich in both natural and cultural resources. I want to encourage Georgians to use this interactive tool to find new places to explore.”