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...."
One of the new trucks in the sheriff's fleet.
The Pickens Sheriff office’s shift supervisors rolled out in Chevy trucks earlier this spring -- the first time the office has used trucks in their patrol fleet.
The office is using one Chevy 1500 truck per shift, primarily in a utility roll, driven by the shift supervisor. Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil said they had recognized for years the need for vehicles that could be used to deliver pylons, barricades, remove items from a roadway or transport evidence.
The office has four of the four-wheel-drive trucks – one per shift. Each shift has four officers in the Ford Explorer patrol vehicle that the office began using several years ago.
In theory, there is a sixth officer on patrol in one of the aging Crown Victorias still in use, but Stancil said due to limited manpower they rarely have a full shift. Other Crown Vics are used for courthouse transportation and non-patrol duty. Most of these older vehicles have well over 200,000 miles on them, Stancil said.
Work at the veterans park located at Lee Newton Park is moving along. Memorial bricks to be laid at the park can be purchased for $125. Learn more at www.pickensvetmemorial.com.
Submitted by Frank Leist,
President/Chair of the
Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park, Inc.
Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park, Inc. (PCVMP) is moving along with some of the weather clearing up this month. They say, “Three days rain will empty any sky.” Okay, so isn’t always true. But consider, we live in Georgia. We are moving forward, our flagpole has been installed and when the rain breaks the brick work for the monument for our branches of services will be installed next. So, continue to hope for clear weather in the coming weeks and our veteran’s memorial will be completed.
School Board Chair Daniel Bell said he liked data, as he welcomed the public on April 17th to a forum looking at the economics/trends involving the senior tax exemption issue.
Bell’s fondness for data, including, statistics, projections, graphs and demographic studies became evident as he presented a lengthy and detailed breakdown of the trends shaping north Georgia and how that could affect school finances. Bell began by noting that the school board, all five were present, had agreed prior to the meeting to waive their meeting pay and he had paid for the room out of his pocket to avoid any political impropriety.
A Workforce Needs Assessment panel discussion at Chattahoochee Tech let local HR people talk about the challenges of recruiting. A moderator from the Carl Vincent Institute looks on as (l-r) Joseph Simmons of Piedmont Mountainside; Keri Streicher, Royston; Lewis Williams of QSR; Judy Fowler, Amicalola EMC and Debbie Underkoffler, N. Ga. Staffing, discuss the issue.
It’s a worker’s world when it comes to hiring and firing, according to a panel discussion as part of a workforce needs assessment at Chattahoochee Tech on April 13th.
Personnel directors at several of the largest local companies, and a staffing agency, all say that employers must do more to recruit employees and be more “flexible” when it comes to standards. The group was speaking as part of a Pickens County Needs Assessment conducted by Carl Vincent Institute of Government and hosted by Chattahoochee Tech as they look at what class offerings and other services the school should offer.
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