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Large crowd offers opinions on Jasper

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    Jasper business owners and residents ponder plans presented to improve the town’s transportation and its effects on downtown commerce at a public forum last Thursday in the county admin building.


    One planning consultant commended Jasper with a “good job” for the tremendous turnout to offer input into the town’s roads, signs and appearance at a meeting Thursday at the county administration building.
    The room was indeed packed with more than 70 business owners, local officials, chamber leaders and residents providing their two-cents-worths on a number of topics concerning Jasper through the Downtown Transportation

Kids at Roper Park must have supervision under new policy

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When school is in session, many Pickens County Middle Schoolers walk through this culvert to get to Roper Park after they are dismissed from school --- but many of the kids are unsupervised and it has created a big problem, according to the rec director.

     Commissioners swiftly and unanimously voted to beef up rules regarding unsupervised minors at Roper Park, a situation the recreation director said was “spiraling out of control.”
    Beginning on August 1, all kids under the age of 16 will be required to have supervision at Roper Park by an adult 18 years or older. This includes all playing fields, tracks and the Pickens County Community Center. Signage will be placed around the park to alert park goers of the new policy. 

See the full story including comments from rec director Brian Jones in this week's edition.

Salaries bring split vote to school budget

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     The tentative schools budget passed by a slim 3-2 margin at the Thursday, June 16 school board meeting, with board members Daniel Bell and Delaine Lewis casting a no vote based mainly on salary issues with two positions in the system.

See the full story including comments from Bell and Lewis in this week's edition.

Petition opposes possible Dollar General

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    Dollar General is interested in a site on Cove Road at the corner of Grandview Road, which has many nearby residents in a panic over the possibility.

     A group of residents are up in arms over the possibility of a Dollar General being built at the corner of Grandview Road and Cove Road, with a petition circulating that has garnered hundreds of signatures as of press time.
    The uprising against the discount store comes just six months after the Pickens County Planning Commission denied a request for a parcel on the other corner of Grandview and Cove roads to be rezoned for the purpose of developing a Dollar General.

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

Jasper Middle School assistant principal promoted

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     Anita Walker and family.

     Press Release from the Pickens County School System

     Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District is pleased to announce the promotion of Anita Walker to Principal of Jasper Middle School. Ms. Walker served as Assistant Principal at JMS since 2015.
    Ms. Walker is a native of Pickens County. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from North Georgia College and a Master’s Degree from Piedmont College. Prior to serving as Assistant Principal of JMS, she held a variety of