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Rep. Tom Graves Supports Congressional Investigation of Planned Parenthood


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) sent a letter of support to the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Fred Upton, and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte, following their announcement that they would investigate Planned Parenthood in the wake of recent allegations that the abortion provider is selling the organs of unborn babies.

Hide and snake at swim meet

State-snake-2A (thankfully) harmless oak snake caused a whole lot of excitement for one Pickens family while at the state swim meet in Tifton Friday. The snake, which had to be extricated by an animal control officer, crawled under the family van and into the undercarriage.
    While in south Georgia sweltering under the heat for her daughter Amanda’s state swimming competition Friday, Melissa Bramlett found the town’s reptile population to be a little too friendly.

  During the break between preliminaries and afternoon finals, the Bramlett’s were seeking relief from the heat in their hotel room when a fellow swim mom called saying she had just seen a snake slither under her van. 

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School athletics study ordered / Tate update

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    Workers install a marble facade on Tate Elementary School’s addition Monday. The marble was mined very near the site where the  original stone for the historic school originated to ensure a close match using maps kept by the Ga. Marble Company.

At last week’s meeting, school board members requested a committee be formed to look at all aspects of the athletics program – and they want it done fast.
    Board member Delane Lewis read a statement following a long executive session instructing Superintendent Lula Mae Perry, “Establish a committee to study effective leadership of athletics at our middle schools and high school and specific recommendations for change with a timeline of three weeks.”
See more about the athletics study and progress at the Tate Elementary campus in this week's print or online editions.

Supreme court rules use of home for venue in violation of zoning


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New park the ‘deal of the century’ for Pickens County

park-map      The 211-acre park on Highway 515 will be ready for hiking and birding visitors shortly with plans for disc golf and mountain biking in the works.

     Without much advanced notice, the 211-acre Talking Rock Nature Preserve has come into being on the west side of Highway 515 at the Pickens/Gilmer line.
    The Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL) bought the property and established permanent protective deeds for it and, following three years of work, is ready to welcome the public. Present plans call for half the property to be used as a disc (Frisbee) golf course and half for mountain biking trails, with birding throughout the area.

     Find out more about the Talking Rock Nature Preserve in this week's print or online editions.