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Moto Mountain Park closed for film production



     This sign is posted on the door of Motorcycle Bob's in west Pickens. 

         If you get gas or snacks at Motorcycle Bob’s or off road at Moto Mountain Park you’ll have to wait, because they’re both closed while Warner Brothers films on the west Pickens property, according to a sign on the door. 

A hand-written sign on the door of Motorcycle Bob’s convenience store/restaurant on Highway 53 - the same place ATV riders register to use the Moto Mountain Park - says they will reopen on September

Pickens Habitat ready to build again


    With permits in hand, construction on the first of at least seven new homes in the New Hope Acres subdivision is ready to begin.
    Pictured are left to right Grady and Sue Hopper, Construction Chairs, Steve Greenwell President. 


Submitted by Habitat for Humanity

    After over 20 months delay since the last build, Habitat for Humanity Pickens County Inc. (HFH-PC) has in hand its first building permit for a home in New Hope Acres subdivision.  

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. 

See complete story in our e-edition.



School athletics study ordered / Tate update

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Damon Howell / Photo
    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.