General news and features
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.
Also from council meeting, Sunday alcohol sales to be on ballot
Following a request by Kroger, Jasper city council members on Monday approved a measure to allow city voters to chose whether or not to have Sunday alcohol sales by the package in area stores. Voters have previously approved Sunday sales in restaurants within the city limits. Jasper Attorney Bill Pickett said the referendum would likely be on the ballot in the November general election.
“It’s a basic gut thing: Are we going to let schools be parents or are we going to let parents be parents?”
- Rep. Rick Jasperse
State Rep. Rick Jasperse introduced legislation last week in the Georgia General Assembly to repeal the SHAPE Act which requires students in public schools to be weighed and their body fat calculated and reported to parents.
Schools are expected to begin weighing students this academic period. Jasperse, noted his house bill would not come to a vote this year and definitely not in time to stop anything during this academic year.