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Georgia to hold hand recount of presidential election results



By Beau Evans

Staff Writer

Capitol Beat News Service


In an unprecedented move, Georgia will undertake a hand recount of the nearly 5 million ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election with roughly 14,000 votes separating President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday.

Several state and local runoff elections including a seat on the Public Service Commission will also be rescheduled from Dec. 1 to Jan. 5 for election workers to better prepare for another wave of voters, Raffensperger said.

Read more: Georgia to hold hand recount of presidential election results

GBI arrests Jasper man in child abuse case involving 8-week-old



Press Release Georgia Bureau of Investigation


     Jasper, Georgia (October 8, 2020) – On Thursday, October 8, 2020, Scott W. Waters, 20 of Jasper, Georgia, was arrested on multiple charges for injuring his 8-week-old infant. Waters was charged with two counts of cruelty to children, four counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated assault. Waters was booked into the Pickens County Detention Center.

     On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) was alerted to an infant that was life flighted to the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with critical injuries. The PCSO requested the assistance of the GBI to investigate the case. As a result of the investigation, warrants were issued on October 8, 2020 for Waters, the infant’s father.

     The investigation is ongoing and will be provided to the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution upon completion.

Pickens per capita income highest in region



     Recently updated data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) shows that per capita personal income in Pickens County grew by 4.35 percent from 2017, to $47,887 in 2018.

Per capita personal income is personal income divided by population and residents here saw their incomes grow by almost $2,000 in 2018 over the previous year. Ten years earlier, in 2008, Pickens County’s per capita income was $35,008.  

     Pickens’ $47,887 per capita personal income figure  leads our 15-county Northwest Georgia region. Murray County is the lowest in the region at $29,968.

Read more: Pickens per capita income highest in region

Developers want to break ground on massive mixed-use project by year’s end

copeland mixed use plan

Design Plan presented to Jasper Planning Commission

Piedmont Village must gain a Planned Unit Development zoning, and be approved for land disturbing and building permits before construction can begin.

 Jasper Planning Commission paved the way for a large, mixed-used community behind Piedmont Mountainside Hospital with a recommendation for rezoning for the parcel at their September 25th meeting.

Read the rest of this story in our e-edition this week.