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School board member Byron Long, left, at an earlier campaign forum with incoming member Daniel Bell. Long says with the new members not taking office until January, cooperation between defeated incumbents and incoming members is crucial.
Following the lopsided ousting of two incumbent school board members in the election last week, Byron Long, who ran unopposed in the primary, took time to talk with the Progress about the bitterness of the election and how he sees the school board moving ahead.
“God had in place who needed to be there,” says father
Grayson Cleghorn, center, with her sister Shaeleigh, right. Neighbor Grace Henerey, left, provided medical assistance when Cleghorn stopped breathing.
What started as a regular day of bike riding on her street ended in an emergency helicopter ride to Children’s Healthcare at Scottish Rite for 12-year-old Grayson Cleghorn, who suffered serious head injuries after falling off her bicycle the Monday before Mother’s Day.
Incumbent school board members beaten
Jerry Barnes wins re-election as west district commissioner
Pickens voters overwhelmingly said yes to a one-cent sales tax to fund road improvements and overwhelmingly rejected two incumbent school board members.
West District Commissioner Jerry Barnes was returned to office with a comfortable win over challenger Bart Connelly.
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An artist rendering of the proposed water park resort planned near Antioch Church Road on Highway 515. Local officials who heard presentations and met privately with developers earlier this week indicated that this project has moved from sounding farfetched to something likely to happen.
Local officials are expressing optimism that a proposed $148 million water park resort near Antioch Church Road on Highway 515 will locate here following several presentations to different groups and during private meetings with developers.
Economic Developer Gerry Nechvatal told more than 400 members of the chamber of commerce Tuesday morning that he is “optimistic that you will see equipment at a job site.”
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Previous stories on Water park
Water Park looking at Pickens County (original press release) April 2, 2013
Talking Rock Water Park discussed - April 3, 2013
Water Park Developers to speak publicly -- May 7, 2014
By Pam O’Dell
On April 22nd, Judson Turner, Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GEPD) issued a department memo effectively eliminating a 25-foot construction buffer in coastal salt marshes.