Pickens County, GA

American hero honored with annual motorcycle ride

Elizabeth Collins, daughter of Sgt. David Collins, holds a photo of her dad while being surrounded her family and American Legion Riders last Saturday morning before a Memorial Ride remembering her dad. The Pickens County hero was killed in action on April 9, 2006 in Iraq by an improvised explosive...
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Zoning request on Steve Tate Road ‘not in the best interest of the county’

A public zoning application for rezoning property near the Big Canoe North Gate form NC (Neighborhood Commercial) to HB (Highway Business) will be considered by the Pickens County Planning Commission on August 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pickens County Administration Building. In addition to the 36 uses allowed by the current zoning, the new zoning will allow additional auto oriented uses. The new zoning does not meet the county comprehensive plan, according to professional urban planner Michele Mellgren,
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Court to hear petition to unseal ballots

Members of the Pickens County Board of Elections in their August meeting decided to wait until the current private litigation against them is final before they file their own petition for hand tabulation of the May 24th Primary Elections. In a prepared statement, board chair Joe Walker said, “Once the...
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Keep the Good Vibes rolling

 This week our article about a philanthropic Old Mulehouse restaurant manager who organizes employee hikes, roadside cleanups, and wants to do even more do-goody things brings to an end a two-month series of Good Vibes articles. For this series, we published stories written by the subjects themselves and...

Notice of public meetings for local option sales tax (LOST)

All Georgia Counties that impose a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), O.C.G.A. (48-8-80 through 48-8-97) requires that counties and qualified municipalities renegotiate allocations within two years after each new census. Pickens County, the City of Jasper, the City of Nelson and the City of Talking Rock will have a third meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the Cherokee - Pickens Room of Chattahoochee Technical College (100 Campus Drive), Jasper, GA. The public is invited to attend.

Pickens Co. Attorney Blocking Ballot Unsealing And Board Approved Audit

Please Follow us on Gab, Minds, Telegram, Rumble, Gab TV, GETTR, Truth Social. In the 20th installment of our Georgia Election Integrity Series we provided evidence that Cherokee County Election Board attorney Ann Brumbaugh lied to the board 12 times in a six minute public meeting rant to intimidate them into voting against an audit that many Cherokee County voters wanted for the May 24, 2022 Governor and Secretary of State primary. However, the subversion of election integrity by a neighboring Pickens County attorney may even be worse.

Scenic Byway – down the road? Proposed 81-mile Amicalola Scenic Byway will link Pickens and neighboring counties

“Boosting heritage and cultural tourism and appreciation of the natural beauty of the area” is a part of the reason for the Georgia Department of Transportation’s possible establishment of a scenic byway, a portion of which would traverse parts of Pickens County. The DOT has accepted an application from Dawson, Gilmer, and Pickens County officials to consider the possibility of the scenic byway.

Barn quilts’ long history inspires artist

Pickens resident Deb Moss was inspired by barn quilts on a trip to Pennsylvania. Now, after just a year and a half at the craft, she’s made nearly 200 of the colorful, pastoral paintings with no signs of stopping. “I saw them going through the country up there visiting...

Jerry Barnes – A life of service to Pickens County

As I sit in the Hinton clubhouse writing this, I see the faded numbers on the floor for the many cake walks/BBQs Jerry participated in and raised so much money for local causes. The many meetings we had in the clubhouse for so many organizations. I looked back at his...

The Quiet Commissioner

Jerry Barnes announced his candidacy for Pickens County District 1 Commissioner in April 2012. A lifelong resident of the west district, he was well-known in the Hinton community and a Georgia Farm Bureau agent for 23 years before retiring “to fully dedicate myself to representing my fellow District 1 west residents,” according to his original 2012 announcement.

Gibbs Gardens plans expansion into Pickens County

The owner of Gibbs Gardens is planning to add a 40-acre property in Pickens County to the gardens, and turn a home on the property into a venue for educational and business events. Jim Gibbs is seeking a conditional use permit from Pickens County to renovate an existing house known as the Crumpton homesite to lease the facility for educational and business meetings, Gibbs Gardens announced. The house overlooks a two-acre lake, and the property is adjacent to the existing gardens near Ball Ground in...

New commissioners in action

The commissioners meeting Thursday began on several sad notes including the resignation of commissioner Jerry Barnes for health reasons. Commission chair Kris Stancil read a letter from Barnes and his family stating that he would be forced to resign ahead of the December 31 end of his term so he could focus more on his health. See letter below.

Schools open Monday but where are the students?

Schools across Pickens County will open Monday, August 1, with 4,100 students expected back on the six campuses here. Superintendent Tony Young said the number of students this year is projected to be up slightly from where Pickens schools ended last year. At closing last year they were just above 4,000.

Summer Potpourri Second Saturdays rock; Election office/board not bad guys; Tate Depot project still off track; parents show patience

It’s been refreshing to see the excitement with Jasper’s Second Saturday concerts downtown. The music, stage, and crowds have all been exceptional. Credit goes to the city’s Downtown Development Authority member Marty Callahan for taking the lead with this initiative and the volunteers and city crews who have put in the work.

Posts published in “Good Vibes”

By Vered Kleinberger You’ve probably heard of a garden tub, but have you heard of a Tub Garden? For the past few months, I’ve been…. Mike Williford got into the guitar trade when he discovered the square neck dobro. “I bought one at Guitar Center and just started tinkering around…

Amicalola EMC Bright Ideas teacher grant program seeking North Georgia educators

Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation’s teacher grant program is looking to reward teachers who plan, research, and put into action a creative classroom learning experience. Georgia certified teachers at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and private schools within the Amicalola EMC service area are invited to participate. The service area includes northern portions of Cherokee County, Pickens County, and parts of Dawson County. To see the service area, visit ...