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Battle royale at Jasper council meeting

Mayor says council has ‘sided with Chamber’


Mayor Weaver invited two members of the Economic Development Council, along with Gerry Nechvatal, to discuss Nechvatal's dismissal as economic development director. 


If the first meeting under a new power structure at the city of Jasper is any indication of what’s to come, mayor and council have a long road ahead to work out kinks and calm tempers.  

During council’s heated marathon March meeting on Monday, Mayor John Weaver used his gavel on numerous occasions to call order when conversation got intense during the more than three hours of discussion. 

Right out of the gate, tension between the mayor and the council was apparent. It took council a full 15 minutes to get through the reading of last month’s minutes. Among issues council had with minutes included Sonny Proctor’s denied request to have an agenda item added about the city manager job description. Proctor said the mayor, who sets the agenda, told him the agenda was “too crowded.” 

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Update on Ball Ground shooting

Goss Ronald


Press Release Pickens County Sheriff's Office


     Cherokee County, Ga. March 5, 2018. [On February 12, 2018] Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 265 Flatbottom Trail in Ball Ground at 5:10 a.m. in reference to a residential alarm.  While the deputy was enroute to the residence a call was received by Cherokee County 911 advising of a person shot at the residence.  When deputies arrived on scene they located a male outside the residence with an injury to his face who was identified as Ronald Goss 53 years of age of Canton.  Deputies then began to check the interior of the residence and located a

Retrial for $22 million medical malpractice case, rules Supreme Court




Published Monday, March 5, 2018


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            The Supreme Court of Georgia has thrown out the gag order imposed by the Irwin County Superior Court in the high-profile murder case of Tara Grinstead.

            “A gag order like this one may be constitutionally permissible in exceptional circumstances, but the record here does not reveal circumstances sufficiently exceptional to warrant such a restraint,” Justice Keith R. Blackwell writes for a unanimous Court. “For that reason, we vacate the gag order.”  

More than 12 years ago, on Oct. 23, 2005, Grinstead, an Irwin County High School teacher and beauty queen, disappeared from her home in Ocilla, GA. In the ensuing years, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted a massive investigation, interviewing more than 200 people and conducting searches of local waterways and other properties. For years, print and broadcast news reported about the case, but eventually the case went cold.

Notice on Democratic Qualifying



Notice is hereby given that the Pickens County Board of Elections & Registration will qualify Democratic candidates for County Commission District 1, Board of Education Post 2, Board of Education Post 3, and Board of Education Post 5.


Qualifying for the General Primary shall be held Monday, March 5, 2018 through Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day and Friday, March 9, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The office will be closed 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch.  Qualifying will be held at the Pickens County Board of Elections and Registration office located at 83 Pioneer Rd, Jasper, Georgia 30143. 


Julianne Roberts, Supervisor

Pickens County Elections and Registration