The long in the works comprehenisve plan update has produced a first draft copy of the work, that was sent to those who had attended stakeholder meetings for the update of county plans.
The draft of the comprehensive plan compiled by the state is a starting point, said county planning director Richard Osborne. Osborne cautioned there are quite a few areas where it is important to remember this is still in rough draft form. He said there was some copy/paste by the state that will be fine-tuned on several points to reflect accurately the status quo of Pickens County.
Please review the earlier attached draft comprehensive plan which includes the 2013-17 list of accomplishments and 2018-22 community work programs for each jurisdiction. If you would like to review a hard copy, come see me in the county admin building at 1266 E. Church St or call me 706-253-8852 and I’ll be glad to print out a copy for you.
By Max Caylor
“We are excited to announce the opening of The Rotary Children’s Music Park at Roper Park behind the Boys & Girls Club,” said Music Park Chair Kay Lawrence. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday May 30th at noon.
The Rotary Music park will be a unique outdoor attraction for children of all ages and levels to promote their musical talents and help them have fun. All of the instruments will have concrete bases and sidewalks for being handicapped accessible.
Patricia Jones of Teacher Support Force, observed that the ease of playing Freenotes instruments: “Without question the best resource I have ever seen for nurturing the musician in every child are Harmony Park outdoor instruments and playgrounds by Freenotes.”
Group encourages public to vote for “Option 1” for senior tax exemption
Signs in support of Option 1 -- no change in the senior tax exemption - have been popping up around town with early voting underway.
A group of Pickens County residents, now with a social media presence of over 2,200, wants to put the breaks on proposed changes to property tax exemptions for seniors, which they say are uninformed, hasty, and could endanger the public school system.
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Angela Reinhardt / Photo
Kayakers floating down the Etowah River for Mountain Conservation Trust’s Earth Day on the Etowah Paddle.
It was around 10 a.m. the Saturday before Earth Day. Kayaks and canoes in a kaleidoscope of colors poured into the takeout site at Kelly Bridge in Dawson County, where they would soon be loaded onto shuttles and sent upstream with their owners/renters.
The weather was shaping up to show off mother nature at its finest, an ideal scenario for Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia’s Earth Day on the Etowah Paddle that would take participants nearly 10 miles through Dawson Forest’s Wildlife Management Area. It was sunny, and despite it being a brisk 40 in the morning temps would get into the 70s by afternoon. The land trust’s director George Kimberly was busy checking people in when my party of three arrived. He told me attendance was up an impressive 300 percent, from 10 participants last year - the first year the event was held - to over 30.
After boats were stacked and secured on trailers, we got a rundown of what to expect from the Appalachian Outfitters shuttle service rep, followed by a safety lesson from a couple there as guides.
Pickens Progress Contributer Larry Cavender
By Larry Cavender
What exactly is "flyover country"?
Often, flyover country is a term used disdainfully by the liberal elites of the eastern and western coasts as that broad swath of nothingness they traverse when they spend hours on a plane commuting between the liberal outposts of the northeast and the left coast.
Sometimes, the term is used synonymously with the word heartland which means "the central part of the United States...."