General news and features
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.
“More a stupid choice than a violent tendency,” says sheriff
The two Pickens High School students involved in the pipe bomb case did not have any plans to use it on other students, the school or any public area, according to the investigation of Pickens sheriff officers Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Sheriff Donnie Craig said this was more a case of “a stupid decision than a violent tendency.” Craig and a contingent of uniformed officers were on campus Thursday to answer questions and re-assure students and parents that everything at the high school “was as normal as possible.”
Craig said the two students, both 17-year-olds, have been arrested in connection with the small pipe bomb that was discovered after one student returned home from school Wednesday with it.
The sheriff said it was a case of one kid “basically tinkering and another kid thinking it was pretty cool.”
The first student brought it to school to give to the second student who had planned to take it home and “see what it would do,” the sheriff said.
“There were no threats and no plans, [for using it against other students],” the sheriff said.
Sheriff officers and nearby agencies thoroughly searched the school, buses and the residences of both students Wednesday night but didn’t find any other explosive materials.
Craig described the pipe bomb as a fairly simple, small device that would have been ignited by lighting a fuse.
“The only person that would have been hurt was the kid trying to set it off,” the sheriff said.
The sheriff said any member of the community could call his office at 706-253-8900 if they had further questions or concerns.