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Sneve and Proctor win Jasper council seats; Green wins Nelson mayoral race

Anne Sneve easily cruised to a third term on the Jasper City Council Tuesday, defeating Ryan O’Dea 222 to 99.

   Dr. Sonny Proctor won his first full term in a hotly contested race, defeating Doug Patterson 236 to 198.

   Following the results, Sneve said she was honored to be returned by the voters for another term. 

   Proctor said that it had been a hard fought battle and “we raised some exciting issues that we can work on together.”

   Patterson congratulated Proctor, saying simply that he had tried and had “enjoyed the experience.”

   O’Dea congratulated  the victors, saying that he will always be there if the city needs him.

  In Nelson, Sylvia Green won the mayoral race over Mike Haviland 81 to 56.

  In a special election for an unexpired term on the Nelson Council Kelsey Riehl won over Lamar Kellett.

  In the regular race Chad Green and James Queen were the top two vote getters, winning seats.

Jasper Council votes no to New Year’s party


         Partying local for New Year’s Eve won’t be an option this year after Jasper City Council voted 3-2 against funding the annual celebration, which would have been its fifth year. 

The vote came after a brief presentation from city employee Lonnie Waters, who heads up planning for the event. Waters told council the celebration would cost around $25,000, about what it had in years past. That price included fireworks, DJ, children’s activities, and city employee salaries. 

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Visions of Verse offers open mic style program at library

Visions of Verse


The Southern Collective Experience hosts Visions of Verse the second Saturday of each month at the Pickens County Library. Writers and artists are invited to bring their work out to read/show and get feedback from peers. The next Visions of Verse is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 2 - 4 p.m. Here, Southern Collective Experience founder Clifford Brooks speaks to participants at the October meeting.  


Submitted by Southern Collective Experience founder Clifford Brooks


Visions of Verse is a program initially started to enrich the education of the local GED program.  Named by Holly Holt, the “V of V” outgrew that forum and grew into a larger concept to not only feature poetry, but all forms of artistic expression.   In the spring of 2017, the program moved from Chattahoochee Technical College to the Pickens County Library.  The library has been extremely generous, and now allows the Southern Collective Experience ( to showcase our art, and the

Senior school tax topic gets heated

Officials say more exemptions for seniors

means more taxes for the rest of us at forum


Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs responds to a question during a contentious meeting Monday on senior school taxes as  Superintendent Carlton Wilson, center, and local Democratic Party Chairman David Robinson look on.

   Seniors demanding more relief from school taxes were undaunted by claims that new exemptions would cause the tax rate to rise as much as 30 percent on all other taxpayers during a  forum Monday.

They were similarly not persuaded by a photo of the 2017 Pickens High graduating class with Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs stating these are the real seniors who will change Pickens County, a riff on the group Seniors for Change, leading the effort to increase senior property tax exemptions.

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Lines and curves: Guitarist turns love of music into works of art


Mike McElwee has a collection of art pieces that embody his deep appreciation for the beauty of lines.


A menagerie of guitars line the walls in Mike McElwee’s workshop and music room in the barn next to his home. McElwee has been playing for decades, but these days the Jasper resident shifted focus from playing gigs to paying homage to guitars through multi-dimensional sculptures that reflect the power and literalism he admires in art and in life.