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New director at animal shelter

animal-shelter-Jerry-WatkinsJerry Watkins
    If Jerry Watkins’ work as director at the Pickens County Animal Shelter is anything like his first day, his house is going to get very crowded.
    Watkins started his new position last week and his very first day on the job he took home a calico cat. 

Real Men Wear Pink to Fight Breast Cancer


(l-r)Tony Pritchett, Gilmer County EMS director; Kirk Garner, Ace Hardware; Alan Davenport, ETC; and Allen Wigington, chief magistrate judge.


Submitted by Piedmont Mountainside

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital’s annual Real Men Wear Pink campaign promotes early detection of breast cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October

Four men make up the 2015 “Real Men” team, serving as ambassadors who advocate for women to schedule mammograms. Alan Davenport and Tony Pritchett, both community leaders in the business and public sectors, are two of this year’s ambassadors.

[See "5 Ways to Think Pink"

and show your support by using hashtag #PinkThereItIs (Instagram) and Twitter]

Deer Season underway

Hunters urged to "ACTT" for firearms safety


photo/ Ga. DNR

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (October 13, 2015) ­– The sense of anticipation that comes prior to the opening day of firearms deer hunting season is a feeling that many will have this week.  Beginning on Saturday, Oct. 17 and continuing until Jan. 10, 2016 statewide, hunters will have the chance to hit the woods in pursuit of white-tailed deer.

 “There is no better way to manage the deer population than by hunting,” said John W. Bowers, chief of game management for the Wildlife Resources Division. “Deer hunting also provides an economic benefit to the state, with hunters spending millions of dollars every year traveling to hunting locations, purchasing equipment from local retailers, and visiting lodging and dining establishments.”

Rocky relationship unfolds between planning commission and wedding venue

tatum-acres-map-color   The large square is the center is Tatum Acres, where the planning commission made a recommendation to allow a wedding/special venue off of Cove Road. A large group of Big Canoe homeowners, whose gated community extends to the right and top of the site on the map, voiced disapproval. The issue will next head to the board of commissioners who will make a final decision.

Like a romance off to a rocky start, a wedding/special events venue on Cove Road and the planning commission gingerly stepped into a relationship Monday night.
    The planning commission agreed to support Tatum Acres’  special permit request, but not til death do they part. In fact, they loaded up their recommendation with numerous conditions and a promise of one slip-up and it’s over.
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