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E-SPLOST passes Fountain wins council

 Pickens voters overwhelmingly said yes to a sales tax to fund school needs, including a new middle school, in the Tuesday election. 

  Voters approved the school SPLOST 771 to 445 in an incredibly light turnout of 6.7 percent of registered voters.

  School Board chair Mike Cowart said the solid approval for the SPLOST,  projected to collect $30 million over five years, shows voters prefer to fund school construction and other needs with a sales tax.

  In the only city race, Tony Fountain won a third term on the Jasper Council taking 66 percent of the ballots over challenger Kirk Raffield. Fountain won 164 to 82.

  Fountain thanked everyone for their support during his campaign.

[A later report from the election's office gave slightly revised figures from a report released last night. The change didn't affect the outcome of either race. The figures in this story are the final figures.]

Rep. Tom Graves Meets with Northwest Georgia Leaders to Discuss Economic Development


Rep. Tom Graves meets with Northwest Georgia leaders

in Washington, D.C., October 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) met with Northwest Georgia leaders in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss their work promoting economic development in the region, specifically strengthening the flooring industry. Georgia Tech’s economic development arm, the Enterprise Innovation Institute, along with the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, helped organize the group of leaders and facilitate their efforts.

Boys & Girls Club building could be finished by spring

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    Michelle Brackin and Don Russell at the bus drop-off of the Boys & Girls Club now under construction at Roper Park. More funds are needed to have it ready for kids by spring.

    It’s only when you actually visit the worksite for the new Boys & Girls Clubs building that you realize exactly how big this project is. Even the 20,000 square foot description doesn’t convey the magnitude of this project, now well underway behind the recreation center in Roper Park.

Pickens native hired as first DOE economic development liaison


Ga. DOE press release
    In an effort to continue building relationships with business and industry and provide relevant career education in Georgia’s schools, the State Board of Education last week approved State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ recommendation to hire an Economic Development Liaison position at the Georgia Department of Education, within the Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE) division.

Murder and mutilation shocks community, 1940

Pickens' Most Heinous Crime Revisited

    Juanita Jones was said to be "one of the most beautiful and most popular girls" at Tate High School. The 15-year-old was murdered by her husband less than six months after her marriage to J. M. Carney, pictured at top.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer 

   Seventy-five years ago this week, Pickens County citizens were stunned by what many people believe to be the most heinous crime ever committed in the county. The murder of a pregnant fifteen-