Pickens County press release
The Board of Commissioners is very excited to announce that Charlene Bunch has been hired to serve the citizens of Pickens County as the finance director for the Pickens County government. Bunch officially came on board on June 14th and has been working with the existing finance director during the transition. On July 1st, she will officially become the finance director.
Bunch brings over 30 years of accounting experience to Pickens County. She joins our organization from the State University System of Florida, for which Bunch served as the fiscal and business analyst at the University of South Florida. In that position, Bunch was responsible for managing USF’s capital improvements budget, which exceeds $200,000,000. Prior thereto, Bunch held other accounting positions as a divisional accounting
Recycling Center employees (l-r) Linda Rich, Charlyn Osmer and Director Kenny Woodard.
Keep Pickens Beautiful awards the Green Ribbon Award to local individuals, groups, clubs, or businesses in recognition of outstanding examples of programs, projects, or activities that enhance our community. The most recent recipient is the Pickens Recycling Center.
The Pickens Recycling Center and their state-of-the-art recycling facility is making a significant impact in our community. Through their efficiency and dedicated staff, Pickens County is able to reduce the waste headed to the landfill. Under the guidance of Director Kenny Woodard, the center is making noteworthy strides to establishing Pickens County as a recycling hub in our region.
In addition to the recycling services the center provides, the staff has done an amazing job of making the facility an attractive place to visit. The stacked stone wall, plants such as daisies and butterfly bushes, and the other efforts made to beautify are welcoming as you drive through to drop off your recyclable materials.
Thank you to the Pickens Recycling Center. Keep Pickens Beautiful is happy to award you the Green Ribbon Award for June/July 2021.
If you have a nominee for a future Green Ribbon Award, please let us know.
To learn more about Keep Pickens Beautiful, the Green Ribbon Award, and recycling in Pickens County, visit KeepPickensBeautiful.org.
Pickens County Board of Elections Chair Josh Tippens.
At their June meeting, Pickens County commissioners appointed five members to the Pickens Board of Elections, with those positions to go into effect July 1.
The new appointments came after state legislators made changes to the way board members are selected. Earlier this year, incoming Commission Chair Kris Stancil requested House Rep. Rick Jasperse review the county’s boards that operate under state statute. Jasperse and the General Assembly Legislative Counsel found issue with the elections board procedures and introduced legislation to change the appointment process. That legislation was eventually signed by the governor.
By James Newberry,
Special Projects Curator for the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books at Kennesaw State University
In 2019, the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books (MARB) at Kennesaw State University partnered with Pickens Historical Society to develop a permanent exhibit at the Old Pickens County Jail. Available to view starting this month, the panel-based exhibit tells the story of Pickens County from the arrival of the Federal Road through Cherokee lands to the present day. The exhibit’s special focus is on Pickens County’s longest-serving jail, a 115-year-old marble-fronted structure still standing on Main Street in Jasper, where it symbolizes the region’s early attempts at law and order.
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A large area at the rear of the Home Depot parking lot has been roped off where a shooting occurred the afternoon of June 11. The GBI has been called in to assist with investigations.
Jasper officials have confirmed a shooting in the parking lot at Home Depot in Jasper at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, June 11.
Few details are available at this very early stage in the investigation, but according to Jasper's Asst. Police Chief Matt Dawkins two people were involved in the incident and at least one person was shot and injured. No officers were involved. A large area of the Home Depot parking lot where the shooting occurred has been taped off for investigations.
The GBI arrived on the scene just before 4:30 p.m. to assist. Asst. Chief Dawkins said the GBI will release more details as they are available.