Pickens Planning Director Richard Osborne announced last week that after months of meetings and work the county and cities’ Comprehensive Plan Update has been adopted locally and accepted at the state, thus closing out the process for another cycle.
Updates are required on a five-year basis but this plan as a whole is considered effective from 2018 to 2028. The “stick” used by state government to force local communities through the process is requiring a current plan in place for many grants.
“It is a big deal,” said Osborne. “It is a requirement.”
Having the approved plan doesn’t directly give the county or cities any funding. On the other hand the plan does not require anything out of the county or any city once adopted.
Dobson reaches her arms to demonstrate a modification on the tree pose. People of all skill levels are welcome to participate in her $5 classes.
By Rosa Willis
“Her classes are for everybody as a body and everybody as a whole,” said Kathy Fellows. Fellows participates in Karen Dobson’s yoga classes every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at the Pickens Community Center.
Dobson got her start in yoga at Jasper Athletic Club, taking classes led by Paula Adams who inspired her to become a certified yoga instructor.
Dobson’s class is a relaxing environment that just makes you want to say “Namaste.” The group is mostly women with only one man who participates regularly - though both genders are welcome.
The Pickens County government received a glowing report from auditors at this month’s commissioners’ meeting, with the county showing low debt and steadily increasing reserves.
Highlights of the FY 2017 report include:
•General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures by $651,000, with expenditures down by $63,000 over 2016.
•General Fund revenues were up four percent over the previous year, due in large part to a $731,000 increase in taxes collected. Of that increase, property tax collections were up $212,000. County CFO Faye Harvey said some years property tax collections come in late and are credited to the next year. Sales tax was up $258,000, and a financial institution tax of $145,000 was collected that was owed the county from previous years. The insurance premium tax was also up $99,000.
Family continues fight for tougher immigration laws
Inman says that his favorite picture of Dustin is the last picture ever taken of his son.
By Rosa Willis
With Father’s Day already passed, many barbecues, fishing days and family parties have passed as well. For most fathers, the day is full of joy and celebration, but for Billy Inman, the holiday hasn’t been like that in 18 years.
Inman lost his son Dustin on Father’s Day weekend in 2000. Inman, his wife and his son were traveling to Hiawassee for a family cookout when they were rear-ended in Ellijay at a stoplight by a car going roughly 62 m.p.h. The Inmans’ car was crushed into the vehicle directly in front of them, killing Dustin,16, on impact and leaving Ms. Inman paralyzed.
Chattahoochee Technical College Instructor Bill Mullis is working to help launch the college’s new carpentry program this fall at the Chattahoochee Tech Appalachian Campus in Jasper.
Chattahoochee Technical College is offering a new Carpentry diploma program and a Certified Construction Worker certificate program beginning this fall at the college’s Appalachian Campus in Jasper.
“We see a big need in the community for this program,” said Diane Geis, Chattahoochee Tech Associate Dean of Technical Studies. “They’re having a hard time in the construction industry finding workers with these skills. Students in this program can learn the foundation of carpentry and develop the skills necessary for successful employment as an entry-level carpenter or skilled construction worker.”