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Rep. Graves Receives Award for Conservative Excellence


tom-gravesWashington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) received the American Conservative Union (ACU) Award for Conservative Excellence. Rep. Graves received the award based on his score of 96/100 as part of ACU’s Annual Rating of Congress. The award is given only to those members of the House and Senate who scored 80 percent or above on a wide variety of issues, which are areas of concern for grassroots conservatives and were voted on during the second session of the 115thCongress.

   “As a conservative, I believe in individual liberty, free markets and limited government,” said Rep. Graves. “Working with the Trump administration and like-minded members of Congress, we’re enacting policies that hold true to these values, such as cutting taxes, slashing unnecessary regulations, protecting life and rebuilding our military. ACU partners with Congress and the American people in fighting for these priorities, and that’s why I’m proud to receive this prestigious award.” 

   “We applaud Tom’s record as a strong defender of the conservative principles we share,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Through his work in Congress, he is helping rollback harmful regulations, create jobs, and protect the sanctity of life. We’re pleased to honor his pursuit of conservative solutions with our 2017 ACU Award for Conservative Excellence and we know that we can count on him to keep up the fight.”

   Since 1971, the nation’s oldest grassroots conservative organization has annually graded members of Congress based on their votes on issues important to conservatives. The full guide is now available at


Veterans Memorial park moving along


Work at the veterans park located at Lee Newton Park is moving along. Memorial bricks to be laid at the park can be purchased for $125. Learn more at

Submitted by Frank Leist, 

President/Chair of the

Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park, Inc.


Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park, Inc. (PCVMP) is moving along with some of the weather clearing up this month.  They say, “Three days rain will empty any sky.” Okay, so isn’t always true. But consider, we live in Georgia. We are moving forward, our flagpole has been installed and when the rain breaks the brick work for the monument for our branches of services will be installed next. So, continue to hope for clear weather in the coming weeks and our veteran’s memorial will be completed.

School board presents information on senior tax exemption


 See entire PowerPoint presentation here



       School Board Chair Daniel Bell said he liked data, as he welcomed the public on April 17th to a forum looking at the economics/trends involving the senior tax exemption issue.

        Bell’s fondness for data, including, statistics, projections, graphs and demographic studies became evident as he presented a lengthy and detailed breakdown of the trends shaping north Georgia and how that could affect school finances. Bell began by noting that the school board, all five were present, had agreed prior to the meeting to waive their meeting pay and he had paid for the room out of his pocket to avoid any political impropriety.

Challenges of finding good employees discussed

       employer panel

A Workforce Needs Assessment panel discussion at Chattahoochee Tech let local HR people talk about the challenges of recruiting. A moderator from the Carl Vincent Institute looks on as (l-r) Joseph Simmons of Piedmont Mountainside; Keri Streicher, Royston; Lewis Williams of QSR; Judy Fowler, Amicalola EMC and Debbie Underkoffler, N. Ga. Staffing, discuss the issue.

       It’s a worker’s world when it comes to hiring and firing, according to a panel discussion as part of a workforce needs assessment at Chattahoochee Tech on April 13th.

Personnel directors at several of the largest local companies, and a staffing agency, all say that employers must do more to recruit employees and be more “flexible” when it comes to standards. The group was speaking as part of a Pickens County Needs Assessment conducted by Carl Vincent Institute of Government and hosted by Chattahoochee Tech as they look at what class offerings and other services the school should offer.

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Path unclear for senior tax exemption proposal


       Seniors for Change leader Charlotte Williamson says they will not settle for watered-down proposals. The group seeks a “meaningful” change for exemptions.


By the end of the third and final meeting hosted by Seniors for Change Thursday, it appeared those calling for increased school tax exemptions were gaining ground but with a convoluted, confusing path ahead.

Seniors for Change spokesperson Charlotte Williamson responded that she herself was a “bit confused” about the process of taking a groundswell of support and really achieving lower property taxes for those over 62 years old.

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