General news and features
JASPER, Ga. – Georgia DOT maintenance crews will resume today their work on sealing the cracks on the surface of State Route (SR) 515/Appalachian Development Highway in Gilmer County and SR 108 in Pickens County. Work will proceed daily Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.
As of press time Tuesday, early voting for the presidential primary was much slower than Pickens County Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts expected, clocking in at just around 200 voters.
“We’re a week in and I thought we would have had more by now,” she said. “Last Friday was our busiest day by far; we had around 70 people come through.”
Marc Unger uses wit and humor to breathe life into classical music
Unger will perform at the free Casual Classics Concert series Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Drive in Jasper.
Classical music doesn’t typically invoke feelings of a romping good time - but one local musician is out to change its uptight perception and show people that the world of classical music is as storied and interesting as any other genre.
Figures gathered by county government show that Pickens stacked up well when compared to nearby counties for having a low property tax rate for 2015.
Pickens had a total property tax rate of 23.372 mills, comprised of .05 for state tax; 16.1 for schools and 7.222 for county government in 2015.
See full story, including comments from Pickens' Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs, in our print and online editions.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to telecommunications provider Windstream regarding their unsatisfactory and substandard service to their customers in the Ninth District of Georgia. Congressman Collins is requesting information from the company, which received government money from the Phase II Connect America Fund, as well as preferred tax status from the IRS, on why their service continues to underperform in Northeast Georgia, despite the federal government’s involvement.
The full text of the letter is below: