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Drivers: Lives are worth more than texts

 Drivers urged to put down their phones and give the road their full attention during "Distracted Driving Awareness" month
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The Governor's Office of Highway Safety warns drivers to not be foolish enough to think they can text and drive as April is "National Designated Driving Awareness" month.
Distracted driving is any activity that takes the driver's focus away from the road including talking to passengers, eating or drinking, adjusting the radio and grooming. Of course, the biggest distraction for drivers is cell phones.  It is against the law in Georgia for drivers to text, e-mail or post on social media while their vehicle is on the road including when stopped at a traffic signal or stop sign.

Chris Wallace named PHS principal

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Chris Wallace and family. Wallace has been appointed as PHS principal. 

 

      Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chris Wallace as Principal of Pickens High School, effective this summer. Mr. Wallace has served the district since 2008, most recently as Assistant Principal at Hill City Elementary. Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant Principal and Director of Career, Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE) at Pickens High School. 

Jasper’s water system eyes new sources

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[This is the second of a two-part series. The first looked at the city’s sewage system and future options. It is available from the March 2nd edition.]

 

 

Because of the extended drought and relatively dry winter, the city of Jasper’s water supply is at roughly the same level now as it usually is in July of most years. But officials say the worst-case scenarios involve only tighter restrictions on outdoor use. 

The mayor and water department superintendent are confident the city will be able to meet all demands for homes this year even if we see drought again.

“Extreme drought makes us do extreme things, but we will keep water in the lines,” Mayor John Weaver said in an interview earlier in March. 

     See full story in this week's print or online editions

Trailer apparently not trashed

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     A project thought dead in the water is back on its feet. Three sections of the former North Georgia Boys & Girls Club facility at Roper Park have been moved to their new home at the Pickens County Airport. 

 

The triple-wide trailer some thought was in danger of being ruined before it could be moved from Roper Park to the airport has made its way to its new home, and airport officials are excited about renovating it and relocating from their smaller base/pilots’ lounge.  

But for weeks the project appeared to have puttered out, with one of two other bidders saying he warned county officials they should be cautious proceeding with the low bid to move the trailer – a project that sat stalled for weeks with debris scattered around the disassembled mobile home at Roper Park. The project was awarded to Shannon’s Mobile Home and Grading for $20,000.  The two other bids were over $70,000. 

     See this week's print or online editions for the full story. 

Does Pickens need a Cemetery Preservation Commission?

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Greg Trammell wants the county to establish a volunteer commission that would create a log of all cemeteries and maintain abandoned gravesites. 

 

Just a few days ago, on March 20th, the University of Georgia reinterred the remains of over 100 bodies found unexpectedly during the multi-million-dollar expansion of an academic building on campus. 

The skeletal remains were discovered by construction workers back in November of 2015. Archaeologists determined the graves to be part of the Old Athens Cemetery, which operated as a public cemetery throughout the 19th century. The construction site was on an older portion of the cemetery where slaves were buried.