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40 Abe Lincolns coming to town



“A room full of 40 Abes and 20 Mary Lincolns is indeed a sight to behold,” read the press release announcing the Association of Lincoln Presenters will be in Pickens County this weekend for a yearly gathering.

The Abraham Lincoln re-enactors will be staying at Amicalola Falls for their 25th Silver Anniversary conference. They will venture out to the Polycor mines for a tour Saturday morning – (to see the spot where the marble for the Lincoln Memorial came from). That afternoon the Lincolns will make a visit to Jasper to tour the Old Jail and browse along Main Street.

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State of the County presented


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K-9 officer Storm steals the spotlight during the Chamber’s State of the County presentation Tuesday morning at Chattahoochee Tech. The newly-trained dog with the sheriff’s office is shown with handler Brandon Esparza.


The Chamber of Commerce hosted a State of the County program Tuesday featuring Commission Chair Rob Jones, Jasper Mayor John Weaver, School Superintendent Carlton Wilson and  Sheriff Donnie Craig.

Host Tim Norton, of Reinhardt University, introduced the program by saying you can not understand government or the people involved without getting out and seeing them in programs like this. 

“You can’t get what you need by social media,” he said. “You have to know people.”

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Planning commission okays farmettes, assisted-living facility & wedding venue



        Members of the Pickens County Planning Commission gave their stamp of approval to three separate rezoning requests that could bring new growth to the east and west ends of the county. 

The commission moved forward rezonings for parcels owners want to use for: assisted living/independent living/multi-family living near Big Canoe; a wedding venue off Rocky Ridge Road in west Pickens; lots to be marketed as “farmettes” on Big Ridge Road in far west Pickens.   

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Golden Rule delegates visit Gov. Kemp


The 2019 Golden RuleYouth and Young Adult Leadership delegation was greeted by Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp on March 28th in his office where members presented him with a small US veteran made wooden cross as a reminder of those serving our great nation and state of Georgia.

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