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Work to begin soon on four signal upgrades in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties


     ELLIJAY, Ga. - Work could begin soon on a signal upgrade project in at various location in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties. Georgia DOT has just awarded a contract to World Fiber Technologies, LLC. of Land O Lake, Florida, valued at close to a million dollars for a construction project to upgrade the signals at four intersections in these three counties. The project includes a complete signal upgrade with pedestrian accommodation for every intersection. This would bring these intersections up to ADA requirements and replace old signal parts in place. The four intersections are at the following locations:

Murder conviction upheld for man who killed girlfriend's toddler



The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled against the Clayton County Board of Tax Assessors and upheld a trial court’s ruling that a concessionaire who leases space at the Atlanta airport is not required to pay ad valorem property taxes to the County.

In today’s unanimous decision, written by Justice Robert Benham, the high court has rejected the County’s assertion that a contract between the City of Atlanta and a private business for the lease of retail space at the airport creates a taxable interest subject to ad valorem taxation by Clayton County.

The City of Atlanta owns the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but portions of the airport – including the portions at issue in this case – are located in Clayton County outside city limits. The City of Atlanta grants concessionaires the right to use portions of the airport to operate businesses that serve the airport’s patrons.

First Baptist of Ivy Gap now showing at Tater Patch

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The First Baptist Church of Ivy Gap bandage rollers for World War II pose for a happy church photo for the church's 75th anniversary celebration.


By Max Caylor                                                                                                                                                      

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Six women come together with the purpose of rolling bandages for “their boys” during World War II but over a 25 year period move from superficial friends to being true sisters as they share with each other their hopes, fears and deepest secrets.

First Baptist of Ivy Gap is the latest production of the Tater Patch Community Theater Players which is a dramatic comedy written by Ron Osborne and locally directed by Stanley O’Kelly that helps one look at life with humor, drama, tragedy and reconciliation.

Committee Passes Rep. Tom Graves’ Financial Services Reform Bill


     Washington, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee’s today passed the fiscal year 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which was authored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) who is chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and other related agencies. 

     The bill totals $23.4 billion. The legislation targets resources to programs that will help boost economic growth and opportunity, protect consumers and investors, promote an efficient federal court system, and stop financial crime. 

Ga. Supreme Court finds problem with county zoning process


Plaintiff’s attorney John Capo, whose office is in Jasper,  argues at the Georgia Supreme Court in February. Defense attorney Phil Friduss is seated behind Capo 

         The highest court in Georgia has made a unanimous ruling that could impact the way zoning decisions are handled in Pickens County. 

In the opinion released on June 4 in Hoechstetter et al. v. Pickens County et al., the Supreme Court of Georgia found the Pickens County Planning Commission does not provide adequate information about public hearing proceedings in their rezoning recommendation to the Pickens County Board of Commissioners, which makes the final decision on all rezoning requests. 

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