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County’s TAN holds steady at $5.5 million

     Pickens County Seal

     At a regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 18, the Pickens County Board of Commissioners approved a $5.5 million Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) for the 2016 fiscal year.
    TANs are short-term loans, which for several years have been used by the Pickens government to cover operating expenses, and have been the subject of much public criticism. TANs are typically taken out at the beginning of the year and must be paid off no later than December 31 of the same year.

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Reward offered in mailbox, car vandalism case


Jasper Police are investigating a slew of vandalized mailboxes and damage to at least two vehicles that happened some time Sunday after 10 p.m. and before daylight Monday.

Sgt. Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police said they don’t know the exact number of damaged mailboxes throughout the Camp Road and South Main areas, as many people don’t report them.

Georgia State Park offer programs for March


These programs are taking place at New Echota Historic Site, Chief Vann House Historic Site, Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic site, Red Top Mountain State Park, and Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site.

Craft a Critter
Sunday March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m

Red Top Mountain State Park
Park Office
50 Lodge Rd SE,
Acworth Ga., 30102
Head Eastbound on Exit 285 from I-75, turn left onto Park Marina Rd, and right onto Lodge Rd or follow signs to Park Office.

The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire speaker discusses KKK



    Dr. Rawlings explained that the Klan of the 19th century did not have standard robes or uniforms. The organizers of the second Klan purloined their robes and the symbol of the burning cross directly from The Birth of a Nation, a 1915 motion picture directed by D. W. Griffith.

By Hank Hollensbe
Contributing Writer

    The assignment was to attend a lecture at the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University on February 16 and report. One look at the center, both exterior and interior, and I was sure the experience would be worthwhile. It was.

Fire destroys Whitestone Road home




Dan Pool / Photo The fire was too far along when it was reported for crews to save the structure.

        Flames quickly destroyed a rental home on Whitestone Road Thursday mid-morning.

Pickens crews were on the scene shortly after the fire was reported (Feb. 11th) but could do little to save the home where Mack and Betty Price lived.