By Beau Evans
Capitol Beat News Service
A group of Republican state lawmakers are calling for the General Assembly to hold a special session ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff elections for U.S. Senate to consider changes to Georgia’s voter ID laws amid testiness over the recent presidential contest.
State election officials have said a second recount of the Nov. 3 presidential election that began Tuesday likely will not include inspecting signatures on absentee ballot envelopes, which allies of President Donald Trump have demanded since his loss to President-elect Joe Biden in Georgia.
In Georgia, county election officials verify mail-in voters by matching the signatures they are required to make on ballot envelopes with their signatures on file from when they registered. The envelopes are then separated from the actual ballots to protect voter privacy, making it tough to re-match those signatures later.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office has repeatedly said state and local officials have found no evidence so far of any widespread fraud in this month’s general election. Raffensperger has, however, advocated for tightening the state’s voter ID laws.
Peyton Franco and Jake Anderson (l-r) completed an impressive area for the Catholic Church on Refuge Road as their Eagle Scout projects.
From Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
Becoming an Eagle Scout is a major accomplishment that requires the candidate to “plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or their community.”
For their Eagle Scout project, local Scouts Peyton Franco, son of Jose and Alana Franco, and Jake Anderson, son of Marc and Dana Anderson, chose to build a beautiful stone firepit with amphitheater
Submitted by Haley Bouchie
Jasper Merchants Association
The virus is trying to steal Christmas. Just like the folks in Whoville, we cannot let that happen.
With coronavirus running rampant through our country, we are trying to bring some sort of normal to our lives. The Jasper Merchant’s Association has been working hard these last few weeks trying to come up with a way to have a Christmas parade while keeping the safety of our citizens first. We have a solution - a drive-thru parade on Saturday, December 5th, but now we need your help.
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Book-in photos/Pickens Sheriff’s Office
Former Pickens judge Allen Wigington and Rosemary Wigington.
On Thursday, Nov. 19th a Grand Jury indicted former Pickens’ chief magistrate judge Allen Wigington on 57 counts related to financial fraud and theft. Wigington’s wife Rosemary Wigington, a Pickens High School teacher, was arrested after the Grand Jury indicted her on two counts of Theft by Taking in the same case.
The financial crimes case against former judge Wigington, a 25-year employee of county government, began when he was originally arrested in January of this year. At that time he was charged with improper use of a county credit card and for writing checks from the magistrate court to cover money investigators say he stole as treasurer of the
The proposed 2021-2022 Pickens School Calendar.
The Pickens Board of Education is asking parents to weigh in on the proposed 2021-2022 school calendar.
The calendar is similar to the 2020-2021 calendar, with the addition of digital learning days in conjunction with two teacher workdays and a slight shift to the Winter Break.
The school year is scheduled tentatively to begin August 2 with staggered start times that were used this year, and which Pickens School Superintendent Dr. Rick Townsend said were popular among parents, students, and teachers/administrators. The last day of school is scheduled for May 27.