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Legislature enters final week of session with many issues undecided

 

 

 

 

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 By Pam O’Dell

Capitol Reporter

 

 

 Thursday, March 20th is the last day of the state legislative session. The 40th final day will likely end at midnight as many bills compete to pass both the Senate and House or ‘die’ for the year.

School board challengers introduced

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School board candidates spoke at this month's Pickens GOP meeting.

     Candidates in the two contested school board seats made their first public appearance at the Pickens GOP meeting last week.
    Each local candidate was allowed five minutes.
    These races will appear on the upcoming May ballot. To vote in the Republican race voters must select a Republican ballot.    

Celebrate a century of sunlight

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By Christian Trejbal

 

Open Government Chair, Assoc. of Opinion Journalists

 

It was, perhaps, no coincidence that a century of “sunlight” was born during the winter holidays, when celebrants burn Yule logs, place stars atop trees and light candles to hold back the darkness during these longest nights.

On Dec. 20, 1913, Harper’s Weekly published “What Publicity Can Do” by Louis Brandeis. In it, he painted an image of transparency that still captures the imagination. “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman,” he wrote.

 

Jones Mountain dump now closed

Loose trash being accepted at Camp Road facility

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    A former Jones Mountain landfill customer tosses a bag of garbage into the bin at his new drop-off point at the Pickens County Recycling Center. The center is located on Camp Road across from the Georgia State Patrol headquarters.

 

     In an effort to streamline operations, cut down on hauling fees and make dumping more convenient for Pickens residents, the dump on Jones Mountain has been closed and relocated to the recycling facility off Camp Road. 

Commissioner and mayor make case for SPLOST

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   Mayor John Weaver and Commission Chairman Rob Jones discuss the one cent sales tax.

     County and city officials told members of the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning that continuing the one-cent sales tax is the only way to address the widespread road paving needs throughout the area.