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Gov. Deal enacts ethics reform

From Governor's Press Office


Today at the state Capitol, Gov. Nathan Deal signed two pieces of ethics legislation that will bolster Georgians’ confidence in their state government. The first bill, House Bill  142, restores rulemaking powers to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, more clearly defines the role of a lobbyist, and sets the first cap on legislative lobbying spending. The second, House Bill 143, the companion to HB 142, requires more transparency in regard to campaign fund-raising and spending during certain local races, and it ensures that the public knows about any campaign donations given to members of the General Assembly leading up to the start of the legislative session.  


“I have enacted these bills to strengthen ethics laws in our state because the public demanded it and good government longed for it,” said Deal. “Our success as leaders of Georgia depends heavily on the public’s ability to trust us. Georgians are correct to insist that the voices of the people echo louder under the Gold Dome than the narrow views of special interests. Together, these bills constitute a major step in improving ethics, trust and transparency in our state.”

Planting by the signs and other age-old knowledge

ruth poole greenhouse


"She is kind but doesn't suffer fools," says Jane Waller (r) friend of Grandview Road gardener Ruth Poole (l). Visit Poole and other vendors at the Jasper Farmer's Market every Saturday through October from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Lee Newton Park.

    On a sunny morning last week, Jane Waller’s greenhouse off of Cove Road was a humid hub of activity and conversation.   
    Waller and Ruth Poole, a native Pickens resident and a treasure trove of old timey gardening knowhow, were seated among dozens of flats of starter seedlings labeled “tomato,” “squash,” and “okra,” batting dialogue back and forth between themselves and two others.
      Waller’s relationship with Poole began 20 years ago, and in that time has blossomed into what could easily be called a mutual admiration society, with Waller looking to Poole as a mentor and Poole seeing Waller as a dear friend and companion. 


Why does your mom deserve a makeover?

Jasper businesses unite for Mother’s Day Makeover essay contest



       Do you think your mom is the best thing since sliced bread? If you can sum up her awesomeness in a short essay she may win a free makeover and gifts courtesy of several downtown businesses.
    “We have been here for eight months and we’re doing so much better than what we had hoped for,” said John Watkins, who co-owns Coco’s Cottage with wife Nancy. “We have just felt really welcomed in the community and wanted to give back in some way and they thought Mother’s Day was a


Ball Ground man in mobility contest (vote online)


Former Pickens County schools student and graduate, Roger Green, has entered a contest for National Mobility Month.  It is for "local  heroes"  who, despite their disability, have continued to move forward and do great things with their lives.  

Anyone that knows Roger is aware of just how positive and remarkable he is.  Rather than letting obstacles that he encounters due to his disability stop him, he just finds another way around them and moves forward.  He is inspiring to everyone around him!!  Please click on the link below and vote for Roger to win a new custom wheelchair accessible van from R&R mobility.  Voting is now until May 10th.

Declining deer population top issue for local hunters

    A group of about 20 people recently attended a hearing in Pickens on proposed changes to hunting regulations that would, if passed, cut the number of “doe days” to combat the state’s declining deer population.
    “There are a lot of proposed changes to the hunting regulations this year,” said Chuck Waters, Regional Supervisor for the Game Management Sector of the Northwest Georgia Department of Natural Resources who was present at the hearing at Amicalola EMC on Thursday, April 25. “Most of them were just minor housekeeping issues. The biggest change is the possibility of cutting out all of the doe days in December.”