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Pickens native battled Ebola outbreak in Liberia




CDC / Photo courtesy

Laura Adams in the field in Liberia as part of the CDC’s Ebola response team.

Laura Adams has spent her career in public health and last fall traveled to Liberia as a member of a Centers for Disease Control team to battle the most prominent scare to global public health in some time - Ebola. 

Bluegrass festival organizers prepare for big May event



Volunteers from the American Legion’s Bluegrass Charity Festival survey site plans for the May 8-10 event in Jasper, above.

The first annual weekend concert festival will be held at the field behind Ingles and will use a layout similar to the annual JeepFest. Plans are for the same stage setup to be used at this event as for the bonfire concerts during JeepFest.

School system’s upcoming decision on governance important but complicated




The Pickens school board, like all school boards in Georgia, has a very important decision to reach by June 30th.

Georgia school systems must officially declare which of three "flexibility options" (look at Issue #3) they will follow and implement. These options are also referred to as “district governance.” 

Meeting with Superintendent Lula Mae Perry Monday to discuss promoting an informational hearing on the subject March 19th, 6:30 p.m. at Pickens High School Performing Arts Center, I was immediately struck by how highly technical and complicated this process is.

UPDATED - Groom sentenced for fatal wedding crash


“I know I’ve done wrong. I’m truly sorry to the family. I take full responsibility for my actions, but I need help. I am asking for another chance,” says Ryan Quintonquintonpoolecourt


Ryan Quinton with attorney Scott Poole in Cherokee Court Tuesday.

   The groom who was charged in a wreck that killed his wife on their wedding day has been sentenced in Cherokee County Superior Court. 

   On Tuesday, March 3, Ryan Quinton, 29, Jasper, entered a guilty plea to one count of Vehicular Homicide based on Reckless Driving and to a separate DUI charge brought against him in Pickens County for a separate incident five months after the fatal wreck.   

County pays pond owner $26K for mud in water

       Pickens County Seal

        Runoff from construction of the  parking lot behind the courthouse cost the county $26,000 to satisfy a nearby homeowner whose pond was filled with silt. 

As a result of complaints from Jasper resident Ken Alston regarding sediment and mud that filled a pond on his property on Laurel Lane, a check in that amount was made out directly to Alston.  

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