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You can now renew your tag at kiosks across the state


One of the new kiosk machines where Georgians can renew their tags.

By Tucker Green, PIO

Pickens County

The Pickens County Tax Commissioner’s office continues to make steady improvements to increase the efficiency of their operation. Under the leadership of Tax Commissioner Darrin Satterfield and his excellent staff, they have placed an increased focus on customer service. One of the new services offered to customers is the ability to renew their tag registration at kiosk machines across the state. The service can be utilized in 12 counties across Georgia for only a $3 convenience fee. Most of the machines are located at grocery stores (primarily Kroger grocery stores) within these counties. 

Strike up the band: Rotary Club dedicates music area in Roper Park

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One instrument in the park has a color-coded book of songs to play ranging from “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to “Bingo.”


By Rosa Willis

Intern reporter


If you are walking through Roper Park and wonder where the delightful, melodic sounds are coming from, the new addition to the Rotary Peace Park is your answer. 

A ribbon was cut to officially open the Children’s Music Park located behind the Boys and Girls Club Wednesday. The park, courtesy of the Jasper Rotary Club, contains eight brand new, pitched, and weather-tolerant instruments. All the permanently-installed instruments  are handicap friendly and fun for kids of all musical abilities.

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.”

Council delays decision on proposed subdivision

Also from council: Brewery eyes Jasper

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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. 

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