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Talking Rock water park resort discussed

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    An indoor/outdoor water park, 400-room hotel and conference center is in the early stages of talks among developers, the county, and economic development council. 

     County officials recently heard plans for a proposed $130 million indoor/outdoor water park and 400-room resort hotel slated for Talking Rock, a development which could bring hundreds of jobs to the area.
    The tourism impact of this development would also completely change the face of Pickens County’s economy. However, the commissioner representing west Pickens said he has already heard serious concerns from his constituents.

     For comments from local leaders, including the economic developer, the west district commissioner and members of the economic development council see our print and online editions.



 

Tractor Supply at old Blue Star?...and other Jasper news

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     The old Blue Star building of East Church Street in Jasper. The building has been sitting empty for two years.

    At the most recent Jasper council meeting, Jasper Planning & Development Director Michael Castagna announced that the chain store Tractor Supply Co. has submitted site and renovation plans for the old Blue Star building on East Church Street.
    These plans must be approved by the city before further steps can be made by the agricultural supply store.

PHS Culinary Arts 2nd in state

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Three members of the PHS Culinary Arts team

  On March 15, Pickens High School FCCLA Culinary Arts team traveled to Athens, Ga., to compete for the state title. At the state competition the students prepared a meal of Chicken Alfredo with sliced mushrooms and blanched asparagus with a side garden salad. The competition was extremely tough and was composed of the top 2 teams from each of the 9 FCCLA regions around the state. PHS placed 2nd in the state.

Volunteer firefighters looking for more members

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    Firefighters pull a hose to a window to extinguish flames inside a Cove area home last August. The strenuous nature of battling blazes requires many able-bodied volunteers.

 

    Pickens volunteer fire crews are looking for a few more good men and women to join their ranks. The eight departments in the county are all in need of additional “young able-bodied people who can fight fires.”
    Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Clark said the departments accept volunteers of all physical conditions to help with support-functions, but front-line firefighters are what they need.

New rec. director wants to put program back in kids’ hands

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Pickens County's new Parks & Recreation Director Brian Jones

The Pickens County Board of Commissioners recently announced that Pickens native Brian Jones has been hired as the new parks and recreation director.
    Jones, who will leave his position as Gilmer County Planning & Development Director this week, says he wants to make the programs more kid-oriented, and invite new ideas from the community to expand recreation offerings beyond regular sports programs such as basketball and baseball.