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Ga. Supreme Court reverses conviction of mentall ill man found guilty of murder


Published Monday, June 15, 2015

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GDOT crews filling potholes on Hwy. 53 Business

DOT-workWednesday, June 3, Georgia DOT crews at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 53 Business fill a pothole midday. 
    Over the next few weeks motorists can expect to see Georgia DOT equipment along the stretch of Highway 53 (SR 53 Business) between Main Street and Mary Street in Jasper, where a GDOT crew will fill nearly two dozen potholes.

Ball Ground rocks the park with concerts this summer


    Performances by Owl Creek Band, Drive Wire, Thomas Fountain, and Stage Fright will take place over the next few months on this stage in City Park in Ball Ground.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer
     The City of Ball Ground has a full slate of events planned for family fun scheduled for this summer and fall, with the first event to be held this Saturday, June 13th when the first "Movie in the Park" will be shown.

Pickens mom creates anti-bullying group

bullying 3078    Bullying comes in all shapes and sizes, from mild teasing to more serious acts of physical violence.
    In the most severe cases - stories that garner national attention - victims of bullying are so traumatized they go to extreme measures, sometimes taking their own life.

    Now one Pickens mom says she can’t sit by and watch kids suffer from the sidelines. She’s taking the issue head on by forming a local anti-bullying group meant to provide victims and parents with tools to handle a problem, which she believes is pervasive in schools.
  See the print or online edtions for the rest of this story.

20 percent of county property in conservation tax status

Pickens County Seal    According to numbers provided by Pickens County’s Chief Tax Appraiser, over one fifth of all land in Pickens is under a conservation valuation, a state program that gives property owners a tax break in exchange for an agreement to limit land usage to agricultural/forestry production for 10 years.
    Chief appraiser Roy Dobbs said for the 2015 year his office has approved 48 applications for Conservation Use Valuation Assesment (CUVA). Of those, 29 were renewals.