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McDonald's facelift inside and out

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Damon Howell / Photo
Hold the mayo - Renovations to completely update the interior and exterior of the Jasper McDonald’s are expected to last four weeks.

    An Egg McMuffin will have to wait a few weeks at your local Jasper McDonald’s. The long anticipated construction began early Monday morning as the facility was surrounded by contractors and equipment. This landmark local gathering spot was originally constructed in 1989 and has received several renovations during its tenure as a hub for the community and supporter of local athletics, clubs, scout troops, and churches. 

Only 2 schools here beat state average on annual assessment

First year Georgia Milestones scores used in CCRPI


                 Pickens’ CCRPI scores. See explanation of categories at the end of the article.

      Earlier this month the Georgia Department of Education released annual assessment numbers for all schools in the state, and while all but two Pickens schools scored below the state average the director of teaching and learning said the assessment is new and scores should improve as the system adjusts.
    See full story including comments from school officials in this week's print or online editions.

Early voting off to hot start

No campaign materials allowed at elections office

    Voters are getting a strong head start on the May 24 primary election, with the local elections office reporting a good turnout the first few days of early voting, which runs May 2 through May 20.
    “It’s been very good so far,” said Pickens County Board of Elections & Registration Supervisor Julianne Roberts, who reported 85 voters by mid-afternoon the first day of early voting and 160 by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. 

Pickens GOP conducting straw poll for local, statewide races

     The local Republican party is conducting a straw poll for preferences in local and state races through May 13th.
  The link directly to the survey is
    The poll asks for the respondent’s preference in all the local races: Commission Chair, Coroner, Tax Commissioner and Board of Education Post 1 as well as pertinent state offices and congressional races.