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Incumbent Commission Chair Rob Jones handily won re-election Tuesday, making him the longest sitting top official in the modern history of this county.
Jones has previously won twice as sole commissioner and this marks twice as the commission chair. He defeated Bill Newton three of the times, including Tuesday where Jones took 2,384 votes to Newton’s 1,598. Jones received 60 percent of the votes cast.
Following the outcome, Jones said “his job” is what he credits for his long popularity with voters. He said he has always worked hard for the county and treated everyone fairly and he believed that voters recognize that.
Samantha Keith, who has spina bifida, holds the letter she wrote Dolly Parton and a picture of her with the super star, taken this past March. In her 27 years, Keith has undergone 58 surgeries as a result of her medical condition, including emergency surgery the week following the interview for this article.
For Samantha Keith there’s no Dolly Parton song that’s better than another.
Each is equally as stunning and on constant rotation in the car, in the shower, during therapy sessions, and any other place she can finagle a way to listen.
For this girl, Dolly’s self-proclaimed #1 Fan, nothing could top meeting the country music legend in person - and back in March she was able to do just that.
“Memorial Day is a day our country has set aside as a holiday to remember all who gave their lives so that our great nation could continue to shine as a beacon of freedom, and all Americans could continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty.
“On this day we should reaffirm the values that these men and women fought for that made this nation great.”
These words were written by a member of Marine Corps League Det. #1280, one of the organizers of this year’s memorial day ceremony to be held at the Sunrise Memorial Gardens on Highway 53 in Jasper, across the street from McDonald’s (Please note that Google maps will not give you the correct address if you are planning to attend).
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Pickens Schools Bus Shop & Fleet Supervisor Tracy Allday, right, with his trusted team of technicians. Pictured are (l to r) Nathan Hamby, Joel Collis and Shane Chadwick, with Allday.
Pickens parents who send their children to school on a bus can rest assured they’re in good hands, because the local system was the top ranking bus fleet in terms of safety in Georgia this year.
“This is a great accomplishment,” Pickens Schools Director of Maintenance and Operations Stacey Gilleland told the school board at their recent meeting, May 12th.
Congressman Collins shared a comprehensive addiction resources toolkit to help families in the Ninth District of Georgia and across the state to address the issues associated with opioid addiction. The guide is now available through the Congressman’s district office in Gainesville, and on the Congressman’s website.