Pickens County commissioners introduced the new marshal, Cole Connel, at their April work session. Connel replaces Jim Harvey who retires April 16th after 12 years in that position.
Connel moves to the marshal post after 15 years in the local sheriff’s office reaching the rank of lieutenant. The native of Abilene, TX began as a jailer and has worked in most areas of operations, including uniformed patrol.
Connel said he is excited to move to the marshal post as he wants to continue advancing his law enforcement career and this will give him a chance to head an agency.
Connel said initially illegal dumping and litter will fill most of his time along with some work with the planning and development office in code enforcement. The new marshal said he will bring a philosophy of stopping problems that he sees, such as litter blowing from one home to others, but not ride around looking for code violations. Most cases for the marshal result from calls from homeowners.
Section of key thoroughfare to close daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Beginning Monday, a section of SR 136/Burnt Mountain Road between mileposts 13.6 and 15.2 will be closed while Georgia Department of Transportation crews address two drainage pipes and damage following the massive rain storm last week.
According to GDOT’s District 6 Communications Officer Joe Schulman, beginning Monday, April 12 through Thursday, April 22 State Route 136 (known locally as Burnt Mountain Road) will be closed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily for crews to conduct the work.
Officials say traffic heading east on 136 will detour to Burnt Mountain Road to Cove Road and then turn north on Steve Tate Highway back to SR 136.
Commission Chair Kris Stancil said this was completely a state project and he couldn’t add much. He said several people had already called his office to find out what homeowners along the closed section should do but he didn’t have any insight, though he recognized the few options there for detouring and the problems a closure will create.
By Dave Williams
Capitol Beat News Service
ATLANTA - The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday sided with Georgia in a lawsuit Florida filed in 2013 over the allocation of water that flows between the two states.
In a unanimous 9-0 opinion written by Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the court ruled that Florida failed to prove its allegations that Georgia’s water consumption from the Chattahoochee and Flint river systems caused the failure of Florida’s oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay.
“Florida allowed unprecedented levels of oyster harvesting in the years before the collapse,” Barrett wrote. “Georgia’s consumption had little to no impact on the bay’s oyster population.”
Florida claimed originally that increasing water consumption in rapidly growing metro Atlanta was causing unacceptably low flows where the Chattahoochee River enters Florida at Lake Seminole.
Tate United Methodist Church is one of the oldest in Pickens, built in 1887. The original building is used as the sanctuary.
As we approach Good Friday and Easter – arguably the most hallowed of holidays in the Christian tradition – churches are on our mind. It’s a running joke that there’s one on every corner here, and that doesn’t seem far from the truth on a drive around the community. From downtown institutions like First Baptist Church of Jasper, to modern buildings like Revolution Church, to the defunct Miracle Fellowship Church in Smoky Hollow, a look at our religious spaces here shows we’re in no shortage – and that protestant Christianity dominates.
We set out to get a snapshot of our churches – how many, what kind, and how much property value and land they make up and take up in Pickens County. But finding out the exact number of churches here – or anywhere for that matter - is easier said than done. Since churches can request an exempt status for property taxes we thought a good starting point was the Pickens County Tax Assessor’s Office. The Progress received a list of 67 churches from their records, and in our own search of the tax assessor’s qPublic website we uncovered a few more churches under tax exempt status.
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(Front L-R) Major of Jasper Steve Lawrence and Kris Stancil, Pickens County Commission Chair. (Back L-R) Robert Kenyon, KPB Vice President and Adopt-A-Road Chairman, Cole Connel, new County Marshall, Kenneth Woodard, County Recycle Manager, and Vered Kleinberger, KPB President.
Submitted by KPB
Each year, Keep Pickens Beautiful sponsors a range of activities during the month of April as part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. This year, in addition to some of our usual programs, we’re also working with Pickens County and their Team Up to Clean Up initiative. If we all work together, we can accomplish so much.