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Airport terminal on the horizon

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The runway at the Pickens County Airport. 

         A deal that could land a new terminal building at the Pickens County airport was introduced at the airport authority meeting Monday night.

The potential deal, as yet unstructured, was announced as a public/private partnership between Atlantic Coast Conservancy (ACC) and the county to replace the current airport offices with a modern,  green certified, terminal, or Fixed Base Operation (FBO) in aviation jargon.

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Two killed in Ball Ground crash

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Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office / Photo

 

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office 

Press Release

 

Cherokee County, Ga. October 10, 2017. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an accident at 8:09 a.m. on Ball Ground Rd. east of Conns Creek Rd. at the bridge.  

The driver of the Nissan Maxima, Brent Burnette, 23, of Ellijay, was traveling westbound on Ball Ground Rd. and was passing a tractor trailer when he struck a Hyundai Genesis, driven by Robert McMullen, 39, of Ball Ground, traveling eastbound head on.  

Both drivers were declared deceased at the scene.  Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting the investigation into the accident.

Did Gettysburg Battlefield rock curse Pickens family?

 

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By Jeanne Wells

Paranormal Pickens

Many years ago, when my son was little, my family took a trip to the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania.  My young son was very interested in rocks at the time and found a stone on the battlefield that looked like it may have been stained with dried blood. It was a tiny little rock he had picked up, without me realizing it, and brought it home to Georgia. This one small act was about to change our lives tremendously.

Dam deal in home stretch

Work to begin on Grandview in spring

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        Repairs to the Grandview dam will begin next spring. In addition to repairs, a deal that has been struck between Grandview shareholders and Pickens leaders will bring the county its first reservoir.

       

By Angela Reinhardt

Staff writer

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     Details of the multi-million dollar Grandview Lake and dam project are in the final stages, with both sides calling it a “win-win.”

The Grandview Lake Company and the county government have been in discussions for several years about the deal, where the county would help arrange a loan for dam repairs in exchange for permission to pump up to 333,000 gallons of water a day from the lake. Grandview Lake Company has obtained a withdrawal permit from the Environmental Protection Division and will transfer that to the county to serve the water treatment plant that will eventually be built. Grandview Lake Company will use revenue from the water to pay for the dam repairs.

The deal is appealing to both the Grandview Lake shareholders (lake members) and the county. It provides the county with a much-needed reservoir and treatment facility. The regular revenue from water sales will allow Grandview shareholders to maintain their dam. 

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Drug sweep leads to one arrest

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         Law enforcement agents used four specially-trained drug dogs to sweep Pickens High School in an unannounced search Tuesday morning, according to a press conference held later that day.

The dogs “hit” on several spots inside the school, but no drugs were found there during the October 3 sweep. However, a misdemeanor amount of marijuana was found in a student’s car and he was arrested. 

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