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Bald Eagle nesting reaches new high in Georgia


Photo/Jim Ozier/GaDNR

         An eagle nest in a hardwood -- not the norm -- at Lake Walter F. George in Quitman County. The nest was spotted during DNR's bald eagle nest survey flights this year.

            The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has documented the most bald eagle nests ever found in the state, more than 200 sites that show eagle nesting levels in Georgia continue to soar.

            According to preliminary results of aerial surveys done in January and March, the DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section counted 210 occupied nesting territories, 166 successful nests and 270 young fledged.

Hemlock Help Session Coming to Jasper

 Hemlock killed by HWA

By Donna Shearer, Chairman Save Georgia’s Hemlocks

Now is the time to inspect your hemlock trees for signs of the hemlock woolly adelgid, the invasive insect that is killing them all across north Georgia, including in this county.  [Anyone who is interested in learning more about saving their hemlocks is invited to sign up for a FREE training class taught by Save Georgia’s Hemlocks.

Note that REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  The next class will be held in Jasper on Saturday, May 30.  To register, please call 706-636-5240 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register by May 28.  Location is the Pickens County Library, 100 Library Lane, Jasper.]

Planning Commission reminds public they are not the final say on decisions



Pickens County Seal

Following some brief business at a regular meeting May 11, the county planning commission discussed their role in zoning/ land use process and the public’s misconception of their powers.

The discussion arose as part of board comments during a regular meeting when commission member Linda Casey noted the heated discussion over a recent application involving planned chickens houses extended outside the meeting and continued after the zoning application was withdrawn.

Board chair Bill Cagle agreed that members of the public wishing to make their voices heard appeared to not realize that the planning commission only makes recommendations and no member of the commission has any direct powers.

Cagle said the misunderstanding was shown clearly when members of the public stated “they would never vote for them again.” For anyone who doesn’t get Cagle’s point: the planning commission is appointed not elected.

Before firing up the grill, think safety

 Summer is coming into full swing and the warmer weather means homeowners will be using their grills and outdoor equipment more frequently. The service experts at Mr. Appliance are dedicated to helping people maintain their appliances and get the most use out of them as possible. The appliance service experts have some tips to help homeowners be ready for their outdoor grilling experiences.