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Soil testing underway at water park site


    Jasper Mayor John Weaver (right) and Pickens County Economic Development Director Gerry Nechvatal (second from left) with two engineers at a newly-cleared access trail at the proposed water park resort. The group looks over a map showing the location of dozens of future boring sites on the property.

     In a step that local leaders say illustrates developer Port Royal’s determination to bring a massive water park resort here, engineers were on site Tuesday preparing to take soil samples in key areas. 
     See the print or online edition for comments from the Jasper mayor and county economic developer, and engineers on site this week.

Ga. Supreme Court rules on case of teachers reporting sexual relations involving former students

In other action: Ga. high court concludes that psychiatrist is not required to hand over  records to parents of young man who killed himself.



Published Monday, June 30, 2014

 Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .

Few expected at polls for primary runoff


Early voting underway

            Local election employees are expecting few voters will turn out either in early voting which started Monday or for the July 22 primary election runoff.

            The only races on the ballot are:

            • GOP – For U.S. Senate J.H. “Jack” Kingston and David Perdue; for state school superintendent Michael L. Buck and Richard Woods.

            • Democrats – state school superintendent Alisha Thomas Morgan and Valarie Wilson.

            “It was low in the primary and we had school board on that,” said Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts. In the May 20 primary, 4,301 Pickens voters cast ballots, giving a 26 percent turnout.

            Roberts said she considers all races important, but acknowledges these runoffs have drawn little attention locally,  which means even fewer people may come by to cast a ballot during the summer vacation than did in the primary.

            Early voting runs through July 18th at the Pioneer Road voting office; all the polling spots will be open on July 22nd. Roberts said there will be no Saturday voting for the runoff and the office will be closed for July 4th.

            For the runoff, voters who voted in the primary can only vote on the same party ballot. Voters who didn’t vote at all or voted non-partisan can vote in either runoff.

            The local elections office reminds voters that the recent changes in Georgia’s gun laws had no effect on polling places. Guns are still not allowed at polling places on election day.

            The secretary of state has a website with individual information for each voter on voter at “My Voter Page."

Worst road paved, more work ahead


County road crews resurfaced a short stretch of Henderson Mountain Road last Thursday as a result of the recent SPLOST referendum passage.

     To the delight of west end residents, last week county road crews started resurfacing a portion of Henderson Mountain Road many considered to be one of the worst spots in the county.
    But without recent passage of the SPLOST referendum that earmarks $14.4 million for roads projects the resurfacing would not have happened so soon.

Find out more about SPLOST-funded road project lists in the county and city of Jasper in this week's print or online edition.

Independent announces school board candidacy

Jennifer Jones Galligan, an attorney who resides in the Hill City area, filed a notice of candidacy with the Pickens elections office today to challenge incumbent Byron Long for school board Post 3. Long was unchallenged in the GOP primary. The election will be in the November.

Galligan must first collect signatures that are required for all independent candidates. She will need 830 signatures to make the ballot.

Independents have until tomorrow at noon to file their notices with the local office. Signatures are required by July 8th.