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School system’s upcoming decision on governance important but complicated




The Pickens school board, like all school boards in Georgia, has a very important decision to reach by June 30th.

Georgia school systems must officially declare which of three "flexibility options" (look at Issue #3) they will follow and implement. These options are also referred to as “district governance.” 

Meeting with Superintendent Lula Mae Perry Monday to discuss promoting an informational hearing on the subject March 19th, 6:30 p.m. at Pickens High School Performing Arts Center, I was immediately struck by how highly technical and complicated this process is.

UPDATED - Groom sentenced for fatal wedding crash


“I know I’ve done wrong. I’m truly sorry to the family. I take full responsibility for my actions, but I need help. I am asking for another chance,” says Ryan Quintonquintonpoolecourt


Ryan Quinton with attorney Scott Poole in Cherokee Court Tuesday.

   The groom who was charged in a wreck that killed his wife on their wedding day has been sentenced in Cherokee County Superior Court. 

   On Tuesday, March 3, Ryan Quinton, 29, Jasper, entered a guilty plea to one count of Vehicular Homicide based on Reckless Driving and to a separate DUI charge brought against him in Pickens County for a separate incident five months after the fatal wreck.   

County pays pond owner $26K for mud in water

       Pickens County Seal

        Runoff from construction of the  parking lot behind the courthouse cost the county $26,000 to satisfy a nearby homeowner whose pond was filled with silt. 

As a result of complaints from Jasper resident Ken Alston regarding sediment and mud that filled a pond on his property on Laurel Lane, a check in that amount was made out directly to Alston.  

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Man seeks arrest of county officials for not issuing fine to neighbor


Bethany resident Ronald Stanger says county officials should be held accountable for not issuing a fine when the driveway behind him was put in without a permit. Stanger also objects to the lack of buffer protection offered in county codes.


         Citizens arrest warrants were filed last week in Magistrate Court against two county officials by an Upper Bethany homeowner claiming they broke the law by not carrying out their duties.

Single mother killed in head-on collision


Described as an outstanding person with a big heart, Kristen Adams died in a car wreck February 28th, a fund has been established for her two children.

Kristen Elaine Adams, 28, of Jasper was killed instantly Saturday morning when she ran head-on into a tractor-trailer on Hwy. 575.

The wreck occurred just north of Airport Road in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 28th. Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Tim Nichols said authorities didn’t know where Adams