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New Ford dealership wants to be part of community

“I’d rather help make a deal than lose a customer” says manager


     For decades the local Ford dealership was run by the Jones family - first Vernie then his children Jim Sr. and Mary Bryant. Jim Jr. joined the ranks later. In December, Greg Shottenkirk purchased the dealership from the family. The veteran staff, pictured above, is joined by new general manager Jamie Mundth, far right. 

      The general manager at Shottenkirk Ford may be one of the only new faces at the dealership, formerly Vernie Jones Ford, but he plans to be more aggressive in making deals happen as the new auto dealership joins the Pickens community. 

Ga. Supreme Court prepares for Braves stadium case


Cobb County residents appealing a ruling authorizing up to $397 million in bonds for new Braves baseball stadium.

SUMMARY OF CASE DUE FOR ORAL ARGUMENT** Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 2:00 P.M. Session


            In this high-profile case, three Cobb County residents are appealing a superior court judge’s ruling authorizing up to $397 million in bonds to build a new Braves baseball stadium.

            FACTS: In 2013, representatives of Cobb County, the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, and the Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc. began discussing plans to build a 41,500-seat stadium for the Braves. On May 27, 2014, the Cobb County Board of

Spring plant sale now underway


    Master Gardener volunteers stuff envelopes with plant sale particulars. If you haven’t gotten one, call 706-253-8840.

Submitted By Darla Huffman

      The always popular Annual 4H/Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale is underway. If you are interested in adding to your landscape or garden this year and are not familiar with this event, you might want to check it out. Each plant is chosen for its suitability to this area and purchased

Haygood named STAR student at Pickens High


2015 STAR Student Andrew Haygood with selected STAR Teacher Michael Oubre. Going to the banquet? Reservations are required. When: March 5 @ 7 p.m. Where: Chattahoochee Tech Cost: $22 per person. For reservations, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Submitted by Reeder Burch

Andrew Haygood has been named the 2015 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR program.  

Development authority increases debt to save jobs

“We decided the risk was worth the jobs,” says Development Authority Chair Tom Lindsey

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Commercial Interiors CEO Ken Pint at the 77,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Pint is optimistic that with financial controls in place the business, which supplies remodeling contractors for restaurant chains, is posed to get back on track.

In September 2013, Restaurant Interiors, a Jasper company producing solid surface counter-tops and other products primarily for restaurants across the country, received the “Small Business Rock Stars” award from a state economic developers’ group.

Less than a year later, the company went into bankruptcy. 

        See what happened and what the development authority has done to get this company back on track in the print and online editions