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Pickens schools closed Friday, Jan 19


 Jasper, Georgia — Due to secondary road conditions caused by inclement weather, the Pickens County School District will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 19, 2018 for students. – Staff report at 10:00 a.m. Safety is our main concern. You may report to work if road conditions are safe for travel in you area. Information will be posted on the Pickens County School District website at, the Infinite Campus parent portal, district and school websites and social media sites, and sent to local media. 

‘You can have our water system when you pry our cold, dead hands off it,’ says mayor

Strange DDA meeting reflects tension, discord in local politics


        A meeting of Jasper’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Friday reflected the discord over the recent sacking of John Weaver as city manager and strong opposition to any consolidation plan of the city and county water systems. 

Originally scheduled several weeks ago, the meeting’s agenda indicated the authority would look at signing over property purchased through the DDA to the city council.

The meeting began with Mike Denson, chair of the DDA, asking some vague, technical questions to city attorney Bill Pickett about the ownership of the city pump station on Cove Road, one of the properties the city purchased through the DDA. Denson inquired what might happen if some other agency were given control of the property.

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Jasper Council violates state law with closed meeting


At a Jasper council meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, council entered into closed meeting without following state Sunshine Laws. 

The Progress sent notice Friday asking for all notes and the audio recording of the portion of the closed Jasper City Council meeting where the council deliberated on the mayor/city manager position.

During the January 8th meeting, Weaver was not re-appointed as city manager, a position he has held for more than two decades. Instead the council indicated they will appoint sitting council member Jim Looney as city manager for an interim period, while they interview for a permanent replacement. Looney’s appointment was delayed as questions arose about whether he needed to resign his council seat. It is expected to be taken up at the February meeting.

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Have Your Cake and Decorate It Too

Dee Boggus Mad Hatter cake

      The Pickens County Master Gardener and UGA Extension organizations are sponsoring a Have Your Cake and Decorate It Too workshop at the UGA Extension office on January 29 from 6 until 7 p.m. Dee Boggus, Master Gardener and floral designer, returns to demonstrate how to stack, ice, and finish décor for your own beautiful and delicious cake creations (including live flowers and other embellishments). Impress your friends with your newly learned cake decorating skills and enjoy the finished product at the end of the workshop with a cake tasting. The public is welcome, and the workshop is free.