Lee Heisman shows a group from Talking Rock where the proposed range would be.
By Ralph O. Dennis
In an unusual example of open government/business, a company seeking to locate an executive firearms training facility in Talking Rock invited local residents and government officials out for a sound test Thursday.
And, when complete, the spokesman for Executive Firearms said they could tell noise from their range would be too loud at several residences and withdrew their application.
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Donna Enis, longtime teacher and coach, has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of school board member Katherine White, who announced her resignation at this month's regular board meeting. Here, Enis coaches the 'Nettes.
Press Release Pickens County School System - In a called Board of Education meeting this morning, Ms. Donna Enis was selected to fill the remaining term of the vacated seat of Katherine White. Ms. Enis was among five candidates who expressed their interest in serving our community in this capacity.
Ms. Enis brings 30 years of educational experience to the position, which includes working in two systems outside of Pickens County. In her teaching and coaching experiences, she has held various positions including that of assistant
Patrick Hall and Vanessa Stancil in a quieter scene of the thought-provoking work now showing at the community theater.
By Bre Donato
There’s no better way to spend an evening than being entertained by the gripping edge-of-your-seat play Greetings!, a laugh-out-loud thought-provoking play at Jasper’s Tater Patch Players Community Theater.
The five very experienced Tater Patch actors truly embrace their roles and will have you wholeheartedly along for the ride and eagerly awaiting the next line. This comedy/drama by Tom Dudzick effortlessly entertains while also exploring an important metaphysical theme.
A big crowd turned out for the Piedmont Village groundbreaking. Construction is underway, with streets and utilities in place. Pictured with shovels are (l to r) are Jasper City Manager Brandon Douglas, Pickens Chamber Executive Director Amberle Godfrey, Southern Investment Realty President Neil Hughes, Pickens Commission Chair Rob Jones, and Shelby Feinberg with Piedmont Residential. Developer Gary Copeland can be seen directly behind Feinberg.
City and county leaders and members of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce gathered Monday morning, June 17, to break ground on a large mixed-use development being touted as a “high-caliber legacy project” many say will positively impact development here.
The Piedmont Village development is located behind Piedmont Mountainside Hospital on Highway 515. The first phase includes 72 townhomes for residents 55 and up. Construction is already underway on this phase. Phase II includes an assisted living facility and more townhomes. Groundbreaking on Phase II is expected sometime next year. Phase III is a retail area that will include a town square, amphitheater, hotels, spas, trails, restaurants and additional medical outparcels.
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Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell testing one of the new thermometers on a car that had been sitting in one place all day Tuesday. Different temperature readings from the dash, console, and floorboard inside the car were all well over 100 degrees. Lovell said it had not been determined what temperature would be considered too hot for animals.
At their June meeting, Jasper City Council unanimously approved a graduated fine schedule for people who leave their dogs in cars that officers determine are too hot and dangerous.
Fines will be: First Offense - $50; Second Offense - $100; Third Offense - $150.
During hot summer months, the city police department and animal control office receive numerous calls reporting dogs left in parked vehicles. Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell said the new fines will give them a tool to address issues, but noted his department will use “lots of discretion.” The fine schedule will allow them to issue citations in certain