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GDOT repairing section of Highway 108 this week


     WHITE, GA – Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance crews are currently working to repair a stretch of State Route 108 in Cherokee County. The repairs will occur Wednesday and Thursday between Mitchell Road and the Pickens County line.

     GDOT officials said motorists should be prepared for delays in the area while crews are working on the highway.

      “Maintenance projects like these help us keep our roads safe for our drivers,” said GDOT District 6 Engineer Grant Waldrop. “We appreciate the public’s patience as we make these necessary improvements.”

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On Golden Pond opens this week

tater Alex Nawrocki L as Norman is comforted by Kerry Rosewall as Ethel                 Alex Nawrocki (L) as Norman is comforted by Kerry Rosewall, as Ethel.

This heartwarming and funny play by Ernest Thompson, is about a couple who are "not middle aged" anymore. 

Ethel and Norman Thayer have been married for a very long time and have been coming to their cabin on Golden Pond, in Maine, every summer. This summer seems a little different because  the Thayer's daughter, Chelsea, makes a rare appearance at the cabin. She has her boyfriend and his son in tow. Things take a surprise turn and the Thayers lives change in many ways. The play is more wonderful than the movie was, and the intimacy of our theater will help it reach the heart of every theater-goer.

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Marble Fest road race registration underway

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A scene from last year's Marble Festival Road Race. 

         Registration is going on now for the 39th annual Marble Festival Road Race, on Saturday, October 5. The 5K race starts at 8 a.m. on North Main Street, near the historic Old Pickens County Jail. The course is USATF certified, relatively flat, and has a fast, downhill finish. It’s followed by a 1-mile Fun Run at approximately 9 a.m., which starts at the corner of North Main and Spring streets. 

Organized by the Jasper United Methodist Women, proceeds from the Marble Festival Road Race fund the ministries of the Dorcas Circle whose focus is to be in service to women and children in our community. Thanks to the

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Archery deer hunting season starts Sept. 14

Archery PhotoCredit john hafner

photo/John Hafner

         Archery hunters will get to hit the woods beginning Saturday, Sept. 14 for their chance at bringing home some venison, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). 

Last year, 80,000 archery hunters harvested almost 48,000 deer. Statewide, hunters can use archery equipment throughout the entire 2019-2020 deer season.  

“It’s hard to believe that deer season is almost here. Let’s hope we get another nice cold snap on September 14th,” said state deer biologist Charlie Killmaster.  “A Georgia deer can yield anywhere from 20 to 60 pounds of

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Digest increases; County proposes rollback millage rate


See this week's edition for the full five-year tax digest history. 


        Members of the Pickens County Board of Commissioners have proposed a millage rate of 7.779 for 2019, which will levy $11.29 million in taxes. 

Last year’s millage rate was 7.846. At the commissioners’ work session, Pickens Finance Officer Faye Harvey explained that 7.779 mills is the “rollback” rate, which the county is able to use this year because of the $40.3 million net increase to the 2019 county tax digest. 

Read more: Digest increases; County proposes rollback millage rate