General news and features
Press Release from Sheriff's Office
On February, 28th, 11 deputies from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office attended Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) training at Six Flags over Georgia. The course was provided by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.
The PIT maneuver is a method that can be utilized to end or prevent pursuits and protect the public. The PIT maneuver is defined as a forced stop by a pursuing deputy where the side of a pursued vehicle is pushed by the deputy’s vehicle causing the suspect’s vehicle to rotate into a position where it can be blocked by law enforcement officers.
Sgt. First Class Tim Nichols, a lifelong resident of Pickens County, now serves as commander of the local State Patrol Post.
Tim Nichols, a Talking Rock native with 22 years of service with the Georgia State Patrol, took over as the commander of the State Patrol post in Jasper this January.
Sgt. First Class Nichols comes to this post after serving as commander of a 26-trooper unit of motorcycle officers who patrolled mostly busy interstate roads inside I-285 in Atlanta. Nichols commanded that detail since its creation in May 2006.
Above, the JMS Future Cities team receives reconition. Numerous other groups were also saluted by the board during their monthly meeting. See all the students who were honored on Page 14A of our print or e-edition.
School Nutrition Director Emily Hanlin presented to the board slightly higher student meal prices next year as the school cafeterias work to remain a self-sufficient operation. They are also under obligation to meet state requirements that will require a hike in the prices.
The cost increase which would only affect the average student $30 over an entire school year were approved by the board.
In an upsetting turn of events for many property owners in the Arbor Hills subdivision, the Pickens County Planning Commission narrowly approved the rezoning of a parcel at the corner of Talking Rock Road and Lumber Company Road from Rural Residential to Highway Business.
The owner of the property, Donal Dorsey, sought the Highway Business classification in order to build a convenience store or some other similar commercial endeavor on the parcel, he stated in his rezoning application.
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REVISED -- Pickens voters followed statewide trends fairly closely in the presidential primary vote yesterday giving Newt Gringrich 55 percent of the 5,137 votes cast here.
Statewide unofficial results showed Gingrich with a slightly lower winning percentage at about 50 percent of the votes. Gingrich who represented Georgia in Congress for 20 years was considered the likely victor going into the race in this state, which awards all it delegates to the top finisher.
The unofficial results in Pickens County were:
Newt Gingrich 2,759 votes (55 percent); Mitt Romney 1,183 votes (23 percent) Rick Santorum 797 votes (16 percent) Ron Paul 280 votes (6 percent).
None of the other candidates received more than 10 votes here.