A Fannin County Grand Jury recently brought a slew of indictments against five suspects in a vape shop racketeering ring that involved stores in a three-county area, including one on West Church Street in Pickens County.
On Friday, Sept. 14, agents from the Pickens, Fannin and Gilmer sheriffs’ offices, along with GBI agents, drug task force officers, and district attorney office personnel executed search warrants at the A1 Smoke Shops in Jasper and East Ellijay, as well as a Citgo convenience store on Blue Ridge Drive in Blue Ridge. The warrants were executed because law agencies believed the shops sold illegal products that led to at least a dozen medical vaping emergencies among students in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.
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Early Voting in the runoff starts Tuesday morning, Nov. 27, and runs through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Pioneer Road Election Office in Jasper. See sample ballot below.
Pickens native Amberle Godfrey has been named President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.
By Sonny Proctor,
Chairman Board of Directors Pickens Chamber of Commerce
I am proud to announce that Amberle Godfrey has been selected as the new president/CEO of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce.
Godfrey is a native of Pickens County and has been serving as interim executive director since early August. Prior to that she had served as interim operations director. She has also served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including chairman. During Amberle’s tenure, the Chamber has seen tremendous financial stabilization and many improvements in other areas.
Atlantic Coast Conservancy building will be on the Dec. 2 Holiday Tour of Homes.
The Aces Youth Home (ACES), will hold its first annual Holiday Tour of Homes in Jasper. Presented by Piedmont Mountainside, this year’s walking tour will take place this Sunday, December 2nd from 2 until 7 p.m. and will feature five decorated homes on South Main Street in Jasper.
Our feature for this week will include the highly anticipated new Atlantic Coast Conservancy building located at 80 South Main Street. The new building consists of 5,170 square feet on .40 acre. According to Robert Keller (CEO), the building is the first building in Jasper to have fiber optic cable for high speed internet access. For lighting, the building relies heavily upon energy efficient ambient lighting on the main floor and lofts. The building has reused
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Last weekend’s Holiday Market at Chattahoochee Tech marked the beginning of the shopping season in Jasper. Organizers say the event was the largest market to date, and proceeds benefit non-profit and charitable organizations throughout Pickens County.
By Gwen Brandon
The eighth annual Holiday Market held last weekend at Chattahoochee Tech was the largest market held in Jasper to date with a record number of vendors and booths.
With an all-day full parking lot at Chattahoochee Tech, Saturday attendance also exceeded expectations. Friday night’s food was a true “extravaganza of regional and worldly tastes.”
Michelle Robertson said, “The Holiday Market in Jasper team is the hardest, most talented bunch of women I’ve ever had the honor of working with. They give their time, talents and energy to an event that gives 100% back to