The 2019 Golden RuleYouth and Young Adult Leadership delegation was greeted by Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp on March 28th in his office where members presented him with a small US veteran made wooden cross as a reminder of those serving our great nation and state of Georgia.
Photo from Pickens County Tax Assessor website
The tax value of Jack and Annette Williams’ Firetower Road home has been under dispute since 2011.
Seven years of pre-trial wrangling, well over $100,000 in total court costs and four days in front of a jury last November brought only a slight adjustment in the value of a large Firetower Road home.
And, according to an interview with owners Jack and Annette Williams last week, this story is no where near the end, as the only thing settled last November was the value for the 2011 tax year. The Williams have unsuccessfully appealed the value of their home every year since then to the Board of Equalization (BOE) and with an attorney have pushed their appeal on to the superior court.
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A scene from the Pickens GOP Mass Meeting and Convention held eariler this month that has been ruled invalid by the state and which must now be held again.
At a hearing Sunday, March 17 in Gainesville, the Georgia 9th District GOP declared the Pickens County GOP’s Mass Meeting and Convention void following complaints that it did not follow proper procedure.
As a result of the 9th District GOP’s findings, all executive committee elections held during the Pickens GOP’s Convention on Saturday, March 9 are nullified. A new Mass Meeting and County Convention must be held for the Pickens County Republican Party, but this time the 9th and 14th District GOP committees will run the show (Pickens County is split between those two districts). The Pickens GOP will not be involved in organizing, registration, procedural process, or executive committee elections.
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At last week’s school board meeting, Dr. Robert Keller was recognized for his outstanding school support. The board also discussed upcoming PJHS renovations and a hugely successful breakfast week challenge.
Bids for Phase I renovations at Pickens Junior High School came in nearly a half-million dollars lower than the original budgeted price, with work to begin immediately and be completed by the beginning of next school year.
The retired teachers recognized tireless volunteer Jesse Hunter with their Golden Deed award.
The Pickens Retired Educators Association named volunteer extraordinaire Jesse Hunter as the 2019 Golden Deed winner for his tireless work in the community and his dedication to supporting education.
Hunter was announced as this year’s winner at a banquet held Wednesday, March 13.
Pickens Retired Educators Chair Pat Denney outlined Hunter’s extensive volunteer record, and read a portion of his nomination letter. Hunter’s nominator called him a “Pickens County resident with