PICKENS COUNTY NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

  • Impact Pickens Spearheading Recall of Two Newly Elected Board of Education Members (3/15/2021)

    Impact Pickens, a designated 527 political organization, was formed on March 4, 2021. The mission of Impact Pickens is to seek moral, ethical, and fiscal leadership for Pickens County. Officers of Impact Pickens are President- Steve Lowe, Vice President-Greg Long, Secretary-Brian Rittenberry, and ... more
  • Impact Pickens Spearheading Recall of Two Newly Elected Board of Education Members
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol (3/15/2021)

    This past week was a busy one, and I'll have to tell you very long, because on Monday night we stayed there till 11:30 pm. Monday was Crossover Day, where a bill had to pass out of the House to be acted on by the Senate this year. The committees have been very busy the last week or so passing legisl... more
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol
  • Tony Young Name Superintendent (3/12/2021)
    Board Members remove “interim” from title in unanimous vote
    At last night's School Board meeting the Pickens County School Board voted to remove the “interim” designation from the Superintendent title and voted unanimously to name Anthony W. “Tony” Young to serve as Superintendent of the district. Board member Tommy Gartrell stated during discussions p... more
  • Tony Young Name Superintendent
  • Georgia Expands COVID Vaccine Eligibility (3/10/2021)
    Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021
    (Atlanta) The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Governor Brian Kemp today announced the state will expand its vaccine eligibility March 15, 2021, to include adults aged 55 and older, individuals with disabilities and certain medical conditions. Individuals with intellectual and develo... more
  • Georgia Expands COVID Vaccine Eligibility
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol (3/10/2021)

    I haven't written about it a lot in these articles, but work on next year's budget is moving right along. The committee chairmen who work on the budget focus almost entirely on this for weeks, and the committee members of these subcommittees work alongside the Chairman making sure we are spending yo... more
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol
  • Vote for Pickens Mardi Gras in the Mountains King & Queen (3/10/2021)
    The nominees for Pickens County are Kim Kinne-Ryan and Mark Mitton
    Georgia Mountains Hospice will again be hosting the annual Mardi Gras in the Mountains Gala on Saturday, April 24th, 2021. They are partnered this year with the Ellijay and Jasper Councils of the Knights of Columbus and the Rotary Club of Jasper. Festivities the night of the event will include a cat... more
  • Vote for Pickens Mardi Gras in the Mountains King & Queen
  • GOOCH: Update from the Gold Dome (3/9/2021)

    After a week of alternating days between voting on legislation in the chamber and carefully vetting bills in committees, the Senate has set the stage for a busy, but productive, Crossover Day. In the days leading up to Crossover, we typically face aggressive agendas of legislation in an effort to en... more
  • GOOCH: Update from the Gold Dome
  • Individuals with Disabilities Supported in Community Living (3/9/2021)

    Over the past several years during the month of March – National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month – I have used this space to raise awareness and understanding of disabilities and the people in our communities who live with these conditions. In past articles I’ve advoc... more
  • Individuals with Disabilities Supported in Community Living
  • Jury Trials To Resume in Georgia, Again (3/9/2021)

    (Atlanta) Chief Justice Harold D. Melton today issued an order that lifts the suspension of jury trials in Georgia, “effective immediately.” With today’s order, which is the 12th he has signed extending the Statewide Judicial Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trial courts may resume jury trial... more
  • Jury Trials To Resume in Georgia, Again
  • Nettes Basketball Face Cairo High in GHSA Elite 8 (3/2/2021)
    March 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm
    UPDATE: Nettes came up short against Cairo High School after dominating the lead for the majority of the game. Final score 51-49. Watch on Facebook live by United National Bank of Cairo - https://fb.watch/47E1eNIQEe/ The following ... more
  • Nettes Basketball Face Cairo High in GHSA Elite 8
  • Jasper City Council March 2021 (3/1/2021)

    Via Zoom AGENDA I. Call meeting to order II. Invocation III. Pledge of Allegiance IV. Adopt agenda V. Approve minutes of February 1, 2021 Regular Council Meeting VI. Old Business A. Consideration of Ordinance No. 2020-29 & 2020-30 – Request of rezone and annexation of Parcel No. JA08 042 ... more
  • Jasper City Council March 2021
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol (3/1/2021)

    Do I ever not say "It's a busy week"? Well, this one was! All committees and members are pushing to get ready for Crossover Day, which will be on Monday, March 8. It's the day a bill must pass the House and cross over to the Senate for them to review. I have the honor to serve on the Rules Committe... more
  • Rick Jasperse Report From The Capitol
  • BOE Announces Reorganization Plan To Offset Dr. Townsend's Payout (2/26/2021)
    Total liability of $421,699.50 for two years of salary
    As you are aware we hired Tony Young as our interim superintendent. We had interviewed Mr. Young during our superintendent search last year, and in that interview, Mr. Young presented a plan to reorganize the front office in a manner that would increase its efficiency as well as having the by-produc... more
  • BOE Announces Reorganization Plan To Offset Dr. Townsend's Payout
  • Gov. Kemp Announces Expanded Criteria for COVID-19 Vaccine (2/26/2021)

    Atlanta, GA – Yesterday Governor Brian P. Kemp joined Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Chris Stallings at the State Capitol to provide an update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and expanded cr... more
  • Gov. Kemp Announces Expanded Criteria for COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 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. (Tucker Green and Tommy Gartrell voted against the motion.) The video was live st... more
  • 3-2 Vote Dismisses Superintendent Dr. Townsend's Contract

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