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Council delays decision on proposed subdivision

Also from council: Brewery eyes Jasper

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Angela Reinhardt / Photo

Kirk Raffield (right) being sworn in as a Jasper City Council member by Pickens Chief Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington. Raffield won the election to fill the council seat vacated by Jim Looney, who left office to work as Jasper’s interim city manager. 

     After hearing “grave concerns” from residents of Sharptop Ridge Road regarding a proposed residential development for a 111-acre lot in the Burnt Mountain Road area, the Jasper City Council voted to table the decision on annexation/rezoning. 

The parcel is currently located in unincorporated Pickens County and is zoned agricultural. Owner and developer Paul King has requested the parcel be annexed into the city limits and zoned as R-1, or low density single family residential. 

       See full council story including a report on the proposed brewery in this week's print or online editions. 

BRAG leaves impact at local cash registers

Visitor comments show town made good impression 

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Damon Howell / Photo Rolling in - Two of the more than 1,000 cyclists who came through as part of the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG).

     More than a thousand cyclists have come and gone, leaving little trace other than extra cash in local registers and hopefully taking away good memories.

Chamber President Gerry Nechvatal said as the host/organizer they had two goals: (1) a significant direct financial impact for our members and the community and (2) make a good lasting impression so that someone might want to come back to visit, buy a home or open a business.

“This was not a money maker for us,” said Nechvatal. “We did it to support the community and we achieved our goals.”

Paint a picket, help Southern Appalachian Folk School


For just a $10 donation per picket, you can help the Southern Appalachian Folk Art School beautify their building and raise money to expand.

     The Southern Appalachian Folk School wants your help to raise money for the new non-profit that brings the spirit of the southern Appalachian Mountains through arts, crafts, and stories of the region. 

The school invites the public to add a little flare to their Chambers Street location in Jasper (formerly the Pickens DFCS office) by painting pickets that will be used to make a 200-foot folk art fence. 

Ball Ground garden tour & plant sale, June 9

First Annual BG Garden Tour

The Japanese Garden, Bog Garden, Herb Garden, Heirloom Garden, Native Garden, Daylily Walk and 57' span Butterfly Garden in the shape of the butterfly of Georgia, the Swallowtail, will be highlighted on our Botanical Garden Tour June 9th

Also, four beautiful home gardens, each very unique, will be featured on our self-guided home garden tour. Tour will begin at the Botanical Garden, adjacent to City Hall, 215 Valley Street, Ball Ground.  There will also be a Butterfly Presentation at 11AM and a Hybrid Daylily Presentation given by Jungle Paradise Daylilies own Suzanne Wood Franklin at 2PM, in the Botanical Garden. 

The Ball Garden Club will be selling beautiful and unique daylilies, and the Ball Ground Arts & Craft Guild will be selling beautifully hand painted bird houses. There will also be a raffle held at the garden.  Winners will be announced at 3PM, you do not need to be present to win.  Raffle tickets are 1 for $1; 7 for $5; or 15 for $10.  Tickets for the garden tour are $15, children under 12 free. Tickets are available from any garden club member or at the Ball Ground Botanical Garden, Ball Ground, GA, on day of tour.  All proceeds will go to maintain the Ball Ground Botanical Garden, developed by the Ball Ground Garden Club in partnership with the City of Ball Ground. For more information, please call Beverly Poag @ 678-454-0597 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


10AM – 3PM


All-American fisherman, PHS's Spencer Childers

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  Spencer Childers and Owen Moss won the team’s final event of the year at Carters Lake. Childers was awarded  this year’s Pickens Bass Fishing Scholarship.


  The month of May has brought a lot of success for Pickens High School Senior Spencer Childers. He began the month by being recognized as the Pickens Bass Fishing Scholarship winner for 2018. The 3 year high school angler has committed to continue his fishing career at Bethel University located near Kentucky Lake in Northern Tennessee. He will join 2017 graduate Logan Millsaps, who is also fishing for Wildcats. Former winners of the scholarship include Millsaps, Jacob Gordon (UNG), and Andrew Hasbrouck (Young Harris); all three of which are fishing for the respective colleges.