PICKENS COUNTY NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

  • 3-2 Vote Dismisses Superintendent Dr. Townsend's Contract (2/23/2021)

    Pickens Board of Education held a called meeting on Tuesday, February 23 with the only agenda item the Superintendent Contract. The Board voted 3-2 to dismiss Dr. Rick Townsend's Superintendent contract without cause. The video was live streamed by the BOE. Below is a press release following the m... more
  • 3-2 Vote Dismisses Superintendent Dr. Townsend's Contract
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol (2/23/2021)

    Week 6 has passed of the 2021 legislative session. We are about halfway through the session, and it's almost tomato seed-planting time for me. The meetings are many, and one-on-one discussions about legislation are nonstop. I have been getting lots of emails and phone calls about bills that are in c... more
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol
  • Weather Delays COVID Vaccine Shipments to Georgia (2/16/2021)

    Atlanta – Winter weather across the country is significantly impacting shipments of COVID-19 vaccine to Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that normally would hav... more
  • Weather Delays COVID Vaccine Shipments to Georgia
  • Delayed Openings on Tuesday, February 16 (2/15/2021)

    Due to threat of black ice late tonight and through Tuesday morning, government and businesses are delaying opening on February 16, 2020. DELAYED OPENINGS 2-HOUR DELAY (10 am): City of Jasper, Georgia Pickens County GA Government & Courthouse Pickens County Recreation Department P... more
  • Delayed Openings on Tuesday, February 16
  • Governor Kemp Issues New Executive Order on COVID-19 Guidance (2/15/2021)

    Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today signed Executive Order 02.15.21.01, providing additional and revised guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19. The Order modifies sanitation guidance for businesses and events in accordance with data on the novel coronavirus' abi... more
  • Governor Kemp Issues New Executive Order on COVID-19 Guidance
  • New COVID Vaccine Dashboard on DPH Website (2/15/2021)

    Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is launching a new COVID vaccine dashboard on the DPH website. The dashboard provides a detailed, transparent picture of vaccination administration in Georgia. As part of the transition to the new dashboard, you will see a one-time decrease... more
  • New COVID Vaccine Dashboard on DPH Website
  • Piedmont Now Offering Atrial Fibrillation Program at Clinics Across Metro Atlanta (2/15/2021)

    (Atlanta) – The multidisciplinary Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Program at Piedmont Healthcare provides comprehensive, high quality, and individualized care for all patients with atrial fibrillation. Starting this month, the enhanced AFib Program will be offered at 16 Piedmont Clinic locations througho... more
  • Piedmont Now Offering Atrial Fibrillation Program at Clinics Across Metro Atlanta
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol (2/15/2021)

    It's been a busy week at the General Assembly, and the next two will be busier, as bills are heard in committees and decisions are made whether they should move forward or not. The two most important committees this year are of course our Budget committee and the Elections Integrity committee. Both ... more
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol
  • The Tater Patch Players are Back on Stage (2/15/2021)
    Opening night is March 5th - ALL Seats $10
    The Tater Patch Players have unfinished business. The Aurelia Women's League Flower and Garden Gala Planning Committee was up and running. The hilarious crowd pleaser was interrupted mid show by a flood that covered the first floor of the theater. Repairs have been made to the building and the A... more
  • The Tater Patch Players are Back on Stage
  • GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Pickens County (2/9/2021)

    On Monday, February 8, 2021, at approximately 2:45 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation. The investigation indicates that at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Pickens County 911 Center rec... more
  • GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Pickens County
  • Hill City Elementary To Close (2/8/2021)
    Large Number of Staff impacted by COVID-19 Quarantine/Isolation
    Hill City Elementary students will transition to distance learning on the itsLearning platform for the remainder of this week due to the large number of instructional staff who have been placed in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. The school has been on yellow/alert status since late last we... more
  • Hill City Elementary To Close
  • Pickens County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children (2/8/2021)

    On Thursday, February 4, 2021, Pickens County resident, Danny Wright, age 57, was charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) and three counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material) by the Georgia Bur... more
  • Pickens County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol (2/8/2021)

    It was good to see a few folks from our community at the Capitol this week. It has been so quiet under the Gold Dome, since groups of kids and interested parties are not here. I miss the visitors from all over Georgia. The building isn't closed at all; just with Covid and all, folks are not coming. ... more
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol
  • Statewide Judicial Emergency Extended (2/7/2021)

    Chief Justice Harold D. Melton today extended for another month the Statewide Judicial Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order he signed today is the 11th he has signed that extends the emergency he first declared on March 14, 2020. Under state law, the Chief Justice is authorized to decla... more
  • Statewide Judicial Emergency Extended
  • Greater Precautions Needed as COVID-19 Variant is Identified in North GA (2/2/2021)
    Link to COVID Vaccine Locator by DPH
    North GA - The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) announced yesterday there are 19 cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified in Georgia, including one case in Cherokee County, located in the North Georgia Health District. This COVID-19 variant is commonly known as the UK variant becaus... more
  • Greater Precautions Needed as COVID-19 Variant is Identified in North GA

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