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Bumper stickers considered “campaigning”

Voters angered over enforcement of polling place law


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    The owner of this vehicle was asked to move when a poll worker spotted the Romney/Ryan bumper sticker. According to the elections officer, bumper stickers are considered “campainging” at polling places.

     Early afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 25, a voter squealed his car out of the gravel parking lot at the Pickens Elections Office after being told his Romney/Ryan bumper sticker was considered campaigning and he would have to either cover it up or move the vehicle. 

Zaxby's reopens following fire damage

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   Licensee Steve Cockerham re-opened the doors to Jasper’s Zaxby’s restaurant Monday, Oct. 29. The restaurant has been renovated after a kitchen fire in May, pictured above. In advance of the official public reopening, Zaxby’s  invited local first responders to a private appreciation party on Sunday for their quick-response time in putting out the fire.

Delayed harvest trout streams open Nov. 1

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Beginning on November 1, anglers should head to north Georgia for fishing in one of the five
delayed harvest trout streams, according to the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“Trout streams are designated as seasonal, year-round or delayed
harvest, with different streams offering varying populations of rainbow,
brown and brook trout,” said John Lee Thomson, Wildlife Resources
Division trout stocking coordinator. “The delayed harvest streams,
which have special regulations from November 1-May 14, are regularly
stocked from Wildlife Resources Division and from our partners in
conservation U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Trout are catch and
release, which makes for high-catch rates and angler satisfaction.” 

The five trout streams managed under delayed harvest regulations are: 

Toccoa River located on U.S. Forest Service land upstream of
Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County (from 0.4 miles above Shallowford
Bridge to 450 feet above the Sandy Bottom Canoe Access).
Amicalola Creek on the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area
(from Steele Bridge Road downstream to Georgia Hwy. 53).
Smith Creek downstream of Unicoi Lake (Unicoi State Park).
Chattahoochee River in Atlanta (Sope Creek, downstream of
Johnson Ferry Road, downstream to the Hwy 41 bridge).
A portion of the Chattooga River (from Ga. Hwy. 28 upstream to
the mouth of Reed Creek) on U.S. Forest Service land bordering South
Carolina. 

 

Superintendent’s contract renewed by school board

 

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By Alex Goble

            The Pickens County School Board held a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25, in which Superintendent Ben Desper’s contract was renewed in a unanimous 5-0 vote. The vote took place following a private executive session that lasted for much of the meeting.

            All five members of the board (Wendy Lowe, Byron Long, Ervin Easterwood, John Trammell and Dan Fincher) voted in favor of extending the contract.           

            The executive session lasted a little over an hour and included the two incoming board members (Mike Cowart and Peggy Andrews) who will take office in January.

            According to Wendy Lowe, the board’s chair, Superintendent Desper wanted to be assured that he had a position in the future if he decided to stay on as superintendent instead of retiring, because there are incentives right now for him to retire early.

“We think he’s headed in the right direction and we don’t want to go on a superintendent search right now,” said Lowe, reinforcing the board’s confidence in their choice.

Homecoming Parade for PHS

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Pickens High School held their homecoming parade and a pep-rally bonfire Tuesday evening in Jasper. To see more scenes check out the Facebook page of the high school yearbook, Pickens Draca. Above, Mr. and Miss PHS, photo courtesy of Steven Wilkie. Also be sure to see the latest issue of the high school newspaper in this week's Progress and e-edition.