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Jasper’s wastewater future at crossroads

 

Sewage will dictate growth but up-front costs a major

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Sewage flows into Jasper’s wastewater plant on Montview Drive. The plant can handle 800,000 gallons a day but growth will require expansion.

Jasper’s longtime mayor and longtime water/wastewater superintendent took slightly different views of the city’s sewage position in an interview last week while providing a tour of the city’s infrastructure. 

Water Superintendent David Hall explained the differing opinions come from him being a pessimist and Jasper Mayor John Weaver being an optimist.

The city officials agreed that Jasper is at a “crossroads,” with both water and sewage at or near capacity. And both men agree strongly that water and sewage availability will dictate growth potential for the future.

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STAR Student and teacher interviews

 

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2017 STAR Student from PHS is Jonathan Friedman.

     The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR banquet on Thursday evening, March 9.  The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, Georgia.   

Ms. Carrie McCurdy, 2000 Pickens High School STAR Student, will be the guest speaker for the 2017 banquet. This year the Optimists will recognize the 2017 STAR Student and Teacher along with

County has new 24/7 dropbox for tax payments

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Pickens County Tax Commissioner Darrin Satterfield, right, and the office’s delinquent tax manager Daniel Reeves show off the new dropbox. 

In an effort to provide an extra level of convenience, the Pickens County government has installed a drop box outside their main office for after-hours tax payments. 

Pickens County Tax Commissioner Darrin Satterfield said the move was made in response to high demand from the public. 

Lions secure massive grant for Good Samaritan

 

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   KnowPickens.com / Photo Lions 18L District Governor Leslie Miller, Lions Club President Ken Austin and Willie Alexander LCIF Representative for Lions District 18L (Atlanta Metro Club) presented the check to the following representatives of Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center: Dr. Gilbert James, Optometrist and head of the Vision Clinic, Melinda Smith, director of development, Lois Bryant, NP and chairman of the board, and Tammy Sorrells, chief financial officer. Margo Austin who served on the Capital Campaign representing the Lions Club looks on. Not pictured is Ed Harshbarger, Georgia State Representative to LCIF.

     On February 23rd, the Jasper Lions Club completed a project at least three years in the making. The civic organization presented a $90,000 check to the Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center for their Vision Clinic. This grant was made possible by the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International. 

Work on mountain bike trails springs into action

 

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    After being on and off again for two years, work started last week on planned mountain biking trails in the Talking Rock Preserve on Highway 515 near the Gilmer line. Bill Jones, the executive director of the land trust who owns the 210 acres, said their Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land will fund the five-miles of trail. Flagging was in the works last week. Earth could be moved within six weeks and the trail ready to ride by fall.

The trail is being developed as “family friendly,” something mostly missing in this area and could be a substantial draw to the county. “We think having fives miles of new trails and basic parking is enough to get started and then think about the rest,” Jones said. “We will learn a lot from having the trails in use.”

Jones, at left in photo, said the sudden activity came as a result of finding a new contractor, Ken Nix of Ellijay, shown at right.