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County pool now open for summer

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By Laiken Owens,
Intern Reporter
    The Pickens County Community Pool is now open to the public for summer fun.
    The pool located at Roper Park opened Saturday June 1st, and will be open all summer. The pool hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11a.m. to 5p.m., Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and the pool is closed on Mondays for cleaning.

Woodbridge Inn owner seeks investors for major upgrades

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The Woodbridge Inn and Restaurant owner, Hans Rueffert, stands in the lawn of his Jasper business. 

    Hoping to maintain the legacy of The Woodbridge Inn, which his family has owned and operated for decades, Chef Hans Rueffert has some large-scale plans to transform the historic venue with kitchen upgrades and areas for special events and entertainment.

 

UPDATE: Charges made after explosive material found

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     Steve Burgess, 56, has been charged with possession of methamphetamines and intent to distribute following an investigation Monday afternoon that uncovered explosive materials in the man’s home.
     At approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, June, 3 during the execution of a court order at the Talking Rock Highway residence just north of Annie's Restaurant, suspicious items were located that indicated the presence of explosives.

See our print or online edition for the rest of this story, which includes comments from Pickens County Sheriff's Office Leiutenant Kris Stancil.

Dr. Lula Mae Perry hired as superintendent

 

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     The Pickens school board announced Tuesday afternoon they had hired a superintendent on a six-month contract to replace Dr. Ben Desper who announced his retirement last week. 

     The board hired Dr. Lula Mae Perry, who served as superintendent of the Jeff Davis County schools from 2000 through 2012. Perry will work on a consulting basis for the month of June while Desper completes his final month and will begin full time in July.

     Perry retired in 2012. School board attorney Phil Landrum said she came with an excellent statewide reputation and is familiar with the work of a superintendent in a system the size of Pickens.

     Landrum said the board feels she will be effective from day one.

     See complete story in today's print or e-editions.

 

Flint River and its mussels center of state water withdrawal policy

 

 

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Photos/Georgia DNR

 

  Jason Wisniewski, aquatic zoologist, holds up a bag of mussels collected from the Flint River in the southern part of the state. Six species of mussels are on the federal endangered species list.

 

By Pam O’Dell

Capitol Reporter

 

 

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Aquatic Zoologist Jason Wisniewski spends his days reaching deep into the thick and slimy bottom of the Flint River’s tributaries hoping to bring up creatures whose astounding ecological resilience is finally giving out: mussels.  “I love my job,” Wisniewski says as he describes desperate efforts to save six species on the federal endangered species list before they disappear from the Flint - and the planet - forever.