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Early voting underway; voting "selfie" campaign launched

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    As of press time Tuesday, early voting for the presidential primary was much slower than Pickens County Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts expected, clocking in at just around 200 voters.
    “We’re a week in and I thought we would have had more by now,” she said. “Last Friday was our busiest day by far; we had around 70 people come through.”    

Classical guitarist to present history of music, briefly

       Marc Unger uses wit and humor to breathe life into classical music 
Marc-Unger    Unger will perform at the free Casual Classics Concert series Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Drive in Jasper.
    Classical music doesn’t typically invoke feelings of a romping good time - but one local musician is out to change its uptight perception and show people that the world of classical music is as storied and interesting as any other genre.

Pickens taxes stack up well compared to other counties

    

     Figures gathered by county government show that Pickens stacked up well when compared to nearby counties for having a low property tax rate for 2015.

     Pickens had a total property tax rate of 23.372 mills, comprised of .05 for state tax; 16.1 for schools and 7.222 for county government in 2015.
     See full story, including comments from Pickens' Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs, in our print and online editions.



Congressman Collins questions Windstream on service

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to telecommunications provider Windstream regarding their unsatisfactory and substandard service to their customers in the Ninth District of Georgia. Congressman Collins is requesting information from the company, which received government money from the Phase II Connect America Fund, as well as preferred tax status from the IRS, on why their service continues to underperform in Northeast Georgia, despite the federal government’s involvement.

 

The full text of the letter is below:

Georgia Northeastern Railroad under new ownership

Local leaders to work with new management to spur industry growth

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 photo/Patriot Rail Company

    The longtime Georgia Northeastern Railroad owner has retired. Patriot Rail Company will now manage day-to-day operations of the short-line railroad that runs through Pickens County. 

    Georgia Northeastern Railroad, which operates 106 miles of railroad between Marietta and Mineral Bluff, Ga., including the 20 miles of track in Pickens, is under new ownership and will be managed by a separate rail services company.