General news and features
Licensee Steve Cockerham re-opened the doors to Jasper’s Zaxby’s restaurant Monday, Oct. 29. The restaurant has been renovated after a kitchen fire in May, pictured above. In advance of the official public reopening, Zaxby’s invited local first responders to a private appreciation party on Sunday for their quick-response time in putting out the fire.
Voters angered over enforcement of polling place law
The owner of this vehicle was asked to move when a poll worker spotted the Romney/Ryan bumper sticker. According to the elections officer, bumper stickers are considered “campainging” at polling places.
Early afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 25, a voter squealed his car out of the gravel parking lot at the Pickens Elections Office after being told his Romney/Ryan bumper sticker was considered campaigning and he would have to either cover it up or move the vehicle.
By Alex Goble
The Pickens County School Board held a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25, in which Superintendent Ben Desper’s contract was renewed in a unanimous 5-0 vote. The vote took place following a private executive session that lasted for much of the meeting.
All five members of the board (Wendy Lowe, Byron Long, Ervin Easterwood, John Trammell and Dan Fincher) voted in favor of extending the contract.
The executive session lasted a little over an hour and included the two incoming board members (Mike Cowart and Peggy Andrews) who will take office in January.
According to Wendy Lowe, the board’s chair, Superintendent Desper wanted to be assured that he had a position in the future if he decided to stay on as superintendent instead of retiring, because there are incentives right now for him to retire early.
“We think he’s headed in the right direction and we don’t want to go on a superintendent search right now,” said Lowe, reinforcing the board’s confidence in their choice.
Convenience store and grocery owners outside the city limits of Jasper may be happy to hear that the county will put Sunday alcohol sales by the package on a special election ballot in March of next year.
Jasper Mayor John Weaver and city employees Richard Simmons and Gary Poole stand atop a half-finished waterfall at the Duck Pond. Other crew members were at the quarry.
The renovation at the Jasper City Park that began as a one-month endeavor has been extended to what Jasper Mayor John Weaver estimates could be as long as three months.
But, Weaver reported to city council at their October meeting on Monday, the wait will be worth it.