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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.
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Published Monday, May 19, 2014
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OWENS, COMMISSIONER ET AL. V. HILL (S14A0092)
In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia has reversed a Fulton County court ruling that had granted a stay of execution to Warren Lee Hill.
Last summer, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan postponed Hill’s execution to review a new Georgia statute that protects as “a confidential state secret” the identities of those who supply or compound the drug used in lethal injections. At issue in this high-profile death penalty case is whether the 2013 statute is unconstitutional.
“We hold that it is not,” Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines writes in today’s 33-page majority opinion.
Hill was sentenced to death in 1991 after a Lee County jury convicted him of murder in the 1990 bludgeoning death of a fellow inmate, Joseph Handspike, at the Lee Correctional Institute. At the time, Hill was already serving a life sentence for the 1985 shooting death of his former 18-year-old girlfriend, Myra Sylvia Wright. In the early hours of Aug. 17, 1990, Hill pried a board embedded with nails from beneath the sink in the prison bathroom and, as Handspike slept, pounded him in his head and chest with the board while onlooking prisoners pleaded with him to stop. Handspike later died at the hospital.
A shot taken from a video of Todd Smith explaining his solar power set-up at his Jasper home. Follow this link to the Progress' YouTube channel to watch the video.
By Todd J. Smith
Two weeks ago I finally flipped the switch on my newly installed 4 KW (4,000 watt) solar system. It was