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Visions of Verse offers open mic style program at library

Visions of Verse


The Southern Collective Experience hosts Visions of Verse the second Saturday of each month at the Pickens County Library. Writers and artists are invited to bring their work out to read/show and get feedback from peers. The next Visions of Verse is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 2 - 4 p.m. Here, Southern Collective Experience founder Clifford Brooks speaks to participants at the October meeting.  


Submitted by Southern Collective Experience founder Clifford Brooks


Visions of Verse is a program initially started to enrich the education of the local GED program.  Named by Holly Holt, the “V of V” outgrew that forum and grew into a larger concept to not only feature poetry, but all forms of artistic expression.   In the spring of 2017, the program moved from Chattahoochee Technical College to the Pickens County Library.  The library has been extremely generous, and now allows the Southern Collective Experience ( to showcase our art, and the

Senior school tax topic gets heated

Officials say more exemptions for seniors

means more taxes for the rest of us at forum


Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs responds to a question during a contentious meeting Monday on senior school taxes as  Superintendent Carlton Wilson, center, and local Democratic Party Chairman David Robinson look on.

   Seniors demanding more relief from school taxes were undaunted by claims that new exemptions would cause the tax rate to rise as much as 30 percent on all other taxpayers during a  forum Monday.

They were similarly not persuaded by a photo of the 2017 Pickens High graduating class with Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs stating these are the real seniors who will change Pickens County, a riff on the group Seniors for Change, leading the effort to increase senior property tax exemptions.

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Lines and curves: Guitarist turns love of music into works of art


Mike McElwee has a collection of art pieces that embody his deep appreciation for the beauty of lines.


A menagerie of guitars line the walls in Mike McElwee’s workshop and music room in the barn next to his home. McElwee has been playing for decades, but these days the Jasper resident shifted focus from playing gigs to paying homage to guitars through multi-dimensional sculptures that reflect the power and literalism he admires in art and in life.

Outreach office opens for victims of domestic violence and sex assault


The North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network (NGMCN) will open an outreach office in Pickens County effective Monday, November 6. 

Margy Lohman, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Pickens, and their board of directors have agreed to collaborate with the Crisis Network to offer space in their building located at 1222-C East Church Street in Jasper. 

Initially, the Crisis Network office will be staffed on Mondays and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offer services and resources to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include assistance with filing for Victim’s Compensation; Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs); referrals for counseling/therapy; support group; and more. 

Those in need of services can simply walk in during the hours of operation and receive assistance or call for a specific appointment. According to Mary Migliaro, executive director of the NGMCN, expanding the days and hours of operation is planned for the future to be based on the needs in Pickens County. For more information, call 706-632-8400.

Ga. high court upholds denial of popular podcast's request for audio recordings



Published Monday, October 30, 2017


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            The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld a Floyd County judge’s ruling denying the request of the makers of a podcast series to copy a court reporter’s audio recordings made during a murder trial.

Undisclosed, the producer of the podcast about a Georgia murder, argued that under the Georgia Supreme Court’s 1992 ruling in Green v. Drinnon, a court reporter’s audio recordings are “court records” under Rule 21 of the Uniform Superior Court Rules and that Rule 21 provides the right to copy court records.