General news and features
A water park project proposed in Peachtree City, Ga. has no direct bearing on the Port Royal water park long in the works for Pickens County, according to local officials.
Water park plans presented earlier this year by Great Wolf Lodge call for the conversion of a 38-acre tract with existing buildings into a water park and connected hotel in Fayette County.
The future of Jasper Middle School, formerly Pickens High, is up in the air after the school board recently voted to “phase out” the campus.
A unanimous vote by the school board at a called meeting Thursday could mark the beginning of the end for the Jasper Middle School building, which school officials say is overcrowded and in such poor condition renovations aren’t worthwhile.
Georgia high court also rules in case involving Atlanta rapper "Lil Phat"
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Published Friday, March 27, 2015
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CHAN V. ELLIS (S14A1652)
Under an opinion today by the state Supreme Court, a man with a website has won his appeal of a Muscogee County court ruling that granted a Permanent Stalking Protective Order to a woman who sued him over negative postings about her that appeared on his website.
In today’s opinion, written by Justice Keith Blackwell, the high court has reversed the lower court’s ruling, finding that although the postings may have been “distasteful and crude,” they did not constitute stalking under the law.
According to the facts of the case, Matthew Chan runs a website called ExtortionLetterInfo.com, which posts commentary he and others write criticizing people he believes go overboard in their enforcement of copyright laws. Linda Ellis is a poet, and she has been the subject of nearly 2,000 posts on Chan’s website.
Protecting dogs and cats protects your family, says rabies officer
Bandit, the one-year-old Golden Retriever pictured at right with owner Chandler Harrington, was attacked by a rabid racoon near their home on Fitts Road. Fortunately, Bandit was up to date on his rabies vaccine and posed no threat to the Harrington family or other animals. Pickens’ rabies control officer says it’s crucial to have your pets vaccinated.
The first case of rabies for the year has been reported after a raccoon tested positive last week.
Pickens’ rabies control officer Jan Stephens says the incident should act as a warning for pet owners to keep their animals’ vaccinations current.
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This old log cabin and adjacent service station on Highway 53 could become the new location of a Dunkin' Donuts after Jasper's zoning board approved annexation of this parcel into the city limits. Final annexation awaits council approval.
The Jasper Planning and Zoning board has approved a plan than could bring a Dunkin’ Donuts to the corner of Highway 53 and Highway 515.
At their Tuesday, March 24 meeting, the board heard a request from Mountain Express Oil