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Nechvatal named as chamber executive director

Gerry-Nechvatal

Jasper, GA – The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Gerry Nechvatal to lead the Chamber as Executive Director, effective Thursday, September 1, 2016. From Board Chair Amberle Godfrey: “Gerry is a known commodity in our community. He brings a vast amount of experience and needed stability to the Chamber and its members.” The position had been vacant since the May resignation of the former Chamber president.

 

    Gerry has served as the Pickens County Economic Development Director since 2008. He has worked diligently to bring new industry to Pickens County and the City of Jasper. His efforts have also benefited local small business favorites such as Mary Ann's where he helped facilitate their initial lease agreement.

Candidates qualify for Jasper, Nelson council races

CANDIDATES QUALIFIED FOR THE NOVEMBER 8, 2016

CITY OF JASPER – SPECIAL ELECTION

 

 

For The Unexpired Term of Allison Boyle, Resigned

  

Susan Hayes Piantedosi

Sonny Proctor

 


 

CANDIDATES QUALIFIED FOR THE NOVEMBER 8, 2016

CITY OF NELSON – SPECIAL ELECTION

 

For The Unexpired Term of Jackie Jarrett and Thad Thacker, Resigned

 

 

Lamar Kellett

James Queen

Kelsey Riehl

 

6th annual Sheriff’s­ JeepFest this week

 


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Click here to see the Sheriff JeepFest 2016 magazine, filled with tons of info about this week's event.
    Like a vintage four-wheel drive approaching the top of a rocky climb, the annual Sheriff’s JeepFest will bump, bounce and rumble into Marble Hill this week with dust churned up and mud flying.
    The 6th annual event will kick off Thursday with the main events on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday (see event schedule on page 4B). This marks the second year the event has been on Highway 53 in Marble Hill, after moving from Jasper.

Jail shakedown uncovers only tobacco & energy/diet pills

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The Pickens County Adult Detention Center.

Staff reports

    A full shakedown at the Pickens jail Thursday uncovered only a small amount of contraband tobacco and some convenience store (over-the counter) energy pills with no weapons or illegal drugs uncovered.

     The jail administrator, Capt. June Killian, said they had received information that hypodermic needles, which could be used for drugs or as a weapon, might be hidden in the jail but none were found. They were also conducting the full top-to-bottom search of all areas after two letters containing methamphetamine were intercepted and seized coming to an inmate.

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

School system requests $1million suit be transferred to federal court

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     The Pickens County School System has requested a $1 million lawsuit concerning previous issues within the school basketball program be moved out of Pickens County Superior Court and heard in the federal court system in Gainesville, Ga.
    The original suit was filed by John Curry, father of a former PHS basketball player on July 29, 2016.
    In the suit, Curry requests punitive damages for five listed parties as a result of what he claims is the school system’s “willful misconduct, malice, fraud and a total lack of responsibility in protecting these children,” regarding the basketball team.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions. See John Curry's full statement on the schools system's request for the case to be moved to federal court below. 

 

The following is my official statement as it relates to the latest action in my suit against the Pickens County School System.