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Candidates for all contested county races address voters, take questions at GOP forum

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    Candidates at the forum (above l-r) School Board candidates Mike Cowart, Larry Cantrell and Katherine White; Commission Chair candidates Bill Newton and Rob Jones, Tax Commissioner candidates David Leister and Darrin Satterfield; Coroner candidates Mark Godfrey and Bradley McKinney.

 

    Candidates for the contested races in the Republican Primary this May 24th addressed voters at a forum attended by a roomful of supporters Thursday at Chattahoochee Technical College.
    The forum hosted by the local Republican Party remained cordial with detailed questions posed from pre-screened submissions.
    All candidates in the contested races – commission chair, school board post 1, tax commissioner and coroner attended.
    Each candidate was given an opening statement:
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Dragons and 'Nettes dominate at Region 7AAAA Championships

   TrackField Dalton Gasaway (center) and Dillon Gasaway (to the right) finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the 200 meter dash to help the Dragons to the region championship as well as qualifying for this Saturday's sectional meet.

The Track Dragons and 'Nettes knew they had talent, but expected to duke it out event by event in the Girls' and Boys' 7AAAA Region Championships hosted by Southeast Whitfield last Monday and Tuesday in Dalton. In the end, both the Dragons and 'Nettes bested the 7 other region schools by a convincing margin as both took home 1st

Fundraiser for man given less than a year to live

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    Paul Poore has spent the last several years giving to the Pickens community through his volunteer work with Relay for Life and the Jasper Merchants Association. He’s been instrumental organizing events like Bark in the Park, the Zombie Walk and many others.
    Now, after being given a dire prognosis from doctors, it’s time to give back. Poore was told cancer in his brain and spine are incurable and he’s got less than a year to live.

Emergency workers to train for large animal rescue

Bent Tree Saddle Club makes donation to get service off the ground

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Cherokee County emergency responders trained in large animal rescue help a horse named Chelsea who is unable to stand up on her own. After training this summer, Pickens emergency crews will offer large animal rescue services like the one pictured above.


    What if you owned a horse like Chelsea, who has severe arthritis in one of her knees? The arthritis is so bad Chelsea can’t bend her left leg, which means if she falls down it’s nearly impossible for her to get back up.
     This scenario is one of many that could mean a bad day for people who have large animals like cows or horses. But later this summer, Pickens residents will be able to call 911 and have local emergency workers help them get big animals back on their feet. Thanks to donations from the Bent Tree Saddle Club and the Cherokee County

Congressman continues pressure on Windstream to improve service

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to Windstream CEO Tony Thomas to follow up on previous concerns and emphasize the growing number of complaints from Windstream customers in Northeast Georgia. Congressman Collins has been actively working to hold Windstream accountable since coming to Congress, and has repeatedly requested answers and demanded better service on behalf of his constituents.

This letter builds on issues addressed in Congressman Collins’ February letter, after Windstream failed to make substantial improvements. Congressman Collins issued the following statement on the letter:

 

“We keep hearing more and more excuses from Windstream. The reality is, there is a local fire department that is unable to adequately serve the community because of poor Windstream connections. There are people who are unable to operate businesses, or work from home, because of unreliable service. This is unacceptable.

   The Customer Service employees Windstream has on the front lines are well aware that they are working with an insufficient product, and they do their best to help customers, but the real problems are clearly with the infrastructure. There is a distinct possibility that the networks are over capacity, and utilize outdated technology.

   Because Windstream has preferred tax status from the IRS, and has accepted taxpayer money from the Connect America Fund, they need to be held accountable to Congress and Northeast Georgians. I look forward to discussing these issues in depth with Mr. Thomas in our meeting on May 9, and I will continue to push for answers until Windstream can show some progress in addressing the concerns of my constituents.”