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Pickens taxes stack up well compared to other counties

    

     Figures gathered by county government show that Pickens stacked up well when compared to nearby counties for having a low property tax rate for 2015.

     Pickens had a total property tax rate of 23.372 mills, comprised of .05 for state tax; 16.1 for schools and 7.222 for county government in 2015.
     See full story, including comments from Pickens' Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs, in our print and online editions.



Congressman Collins questions Windstream on service

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to telecommunications provider Windstream regarding their unsatisfactory and substandard service to their customers in the Ninth District of Georgia. Congressman Collins is requesting information from the company, which received government money from the Phase II Connect America Fund, as well as preferred tax status from the IRS, on why their service continues to underperform in Northeast Georgia, despite the federal government’s involvement.

 

The full text of the letter is below:

Loving Well Valentine event Friday

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     The North Georgia Pregnancy Center has set Friday, February 12 for its 5th annual Loving Well event, a program developed for middle and high school students and their parents. The event is free and open to any who would like to attend.
    Loving Well will be held at the Jasper campus of Chattahoochee Tech. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

Georgia Northeastern Railroad under new ownership

Local leaders to work with new management to spur industry growth

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    The longtime Georgia Northeastern Railroad owner has retired. Patriot Rail Company will now manage day-to-day operations of the short-line railroad that runs through Pickens County. 

    Georgia Northeastern Railroad, which operates 106 miles of railroad between Marietta and Mineral Bluff, Ga., including the 20 miles of track in Pickens, is under new ownership and will be managed by a separate rail services company.

Finally home! Soldier receives Laurel Lakes house

 

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Ralph Dennis / Photo

Sgt. Matthew Hutcheson, wife Leslie and their daughters at their new home in Laurel Lakes. They were given the home through Operation Finally Home.

 

 

By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer

 

Finally home! That is what Sgt. Matthew Hutcheson, wife Leslie and their daughters were saying Friday (January 29). The final step of their journey began with the ground breaking for their new home in September, 2015. The home is in Laurel Lakes subdivision in Nelson.