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Big weekend on tap for Marble Festival

Rain or Shine - All events will proceed as scheduled.

Chamber officials confirmed Friday that everything will go as planned, even with expected rain. They encouraged people to come out and support the community event.






It’s been a long time since the early 80s, when Pickens began celebrating its most prized and pervasive geological feature – marble – with a down-home heritage festival.  

UGA alerts fans to expect parking, traffic challenges for Alabama game


Athens, Ga. — The University of Georgia is alerting fans and visitors for Saturday’s football game against the University of Alabama to expect traffic delays and parking challenges and is urging those without tickets to consider alternatives for game day activities and avoid the campus area.

The high-profile 3:30 p.m. game in Sanford Stadium is expected to draw one of the largest crowds of the past couple of years.

Collins asks USDA to keep options open for poultry industry to deal with bird flu

“Congressman Collins to USDA: Ensure all options are on the table

for poultry industry in Georgia”


dougcollinsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that the USDA ensure all viable options are available to state, local, and industry stakeholders to prevent the spread of bird flu if highly pathogenic avian influenza hits Georgia.

     “The USDA has been a great partner to the poultry industry in Georgia in preparing for a potential outbreak of avian influenza. However, I urge them to consider providing additional flexibility to Georgia’s poultry industry to ensure that they can quickly depopulate an infected house should it become necessary. It is critical that rapid response measures are available when it is imperative that the flock be depopulated as quickly as possible to prevent the spread of the disease to other flocks. Ventilation shutdown requires no equipment, and can be implemented in a matter of minutes. Right now, the USDA approves ventilation shutdown for use on a case-by-case basis, but during an outbreak of such a serious disease, hours matter. If those on the ground had the authority to make the call on which method is best in their situation, an outbreak could be contained.”


See text of letter below:

Rebecca Loebe kicks of Casual Classics concert series


     Rebecca Loebe is known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels.