In an effort to provide transparency to taxpayers, the Pickens Progress requested information about tax money sent to the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce from the Pickens County and City of Jasper governments for economic development.
The Open Records request came after the legitimacy of Pickens County Economic Development Director Gerry Nechvatal’s dismissal by the Pickens County and Jasper Economic Development Council (EDC) was called into question.
A 29-year-old female occupant of this residence in Ball Ground heard an explosion and discovered smoke and flames. Thankfully, there were no injuries after the woman rescued both her seven-month-old daughter and family pet. Because of the quick response of Station 2 of the Cherokee County Fire Department located in Ball Ground, the flames were contained to a rear corner of this 108-year-old one-story wooden structure located at 155 Depot Street.
By Larry Cavender
A home purported to be over 100 years old was damaged by a fire last Friday afternoon, March 23rd. No one was injured in the blaze which occurred at 155 Depot Street in Ball Ground.
According to a statement released by the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, "The 29-year-old female occupant of the home...heard an explosion and went to the back of the house to investigate and saw smoke and flames."
Pickens County is ranked as Georgia’s 16th healthiest county, behind #1 Forsyth, #2 Oconee and #3 Cherokee. Gilmer ranked 36th and Dawson 23rd.
The 2018 County Health Rankings, released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, showed affluent suburban counties as Georgia’s healthiest.
After Forsyth, which is northeast of Atlanta, the next four are Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette, and Gwinnett counties. They are followed by Columbia, Cobb, Harris, Paulding and Coweta.
Blaze sends eight to hospital
By Larry Cavender
Tragedy struck a northeastern Cherokee County family on Tuesday night, March 13th, when their home was totally destroyed by fire. The Franklin Gold Mine Road fire left eight members of the family injured, including three adults and five children. Two of the children remain in critical but stable condition early this week.
According to a Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services press release, Cherokee County 911 received a call from a neighbor reporting the house next door was on fire. Shortly after 11 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Squad 4 from the Free Home Fire Station was the first to arrive on the scene and reported that the one story wooden structure was "fully involved."
J.C. Burke and his signed fiddle. Burke has had a booth for 28 years at the roadside attraction on Highway 515.
By Ralph O. Dennis
A historical landmark in Jasper is getting a face lift and a new start. Market 96 flea market will hold its grand re-opening on April 7. How can a flea market be a historic site? The flea market was opened sometime in 1984-85. Arthur Lee Prather opened it on the corner of County Highway 96 (now Allred Mill) and what is now Hwy. 515. Up on the hilltop was a grove oak trees that soon became the market. He named it 96 West Oaks Flea Market. The sign still hangs over the west door of the main building.