To get ready for the June 9th primary election, the Progress will present information on the candidates in the many races. Beginning this week you can find information on the candidates seeking both the open seats in the U.S. Congress (9th and 14th districts) that represent Pickens County on Page 8A.
Next week (May. 14), we start with local candidates, featuring a question and answer with those running for sheriff and school board. Then on May 21, we will feature those in the race for commission chair and tax commissioner.
Also look for a sample ballot in next week’s edition with early voting starting on May 18th, ahead of the June 9th election.
For Pickens and other counties, open burning of yard and land-clearing debris is prohibited
From Ga. Forestry
Georgia's annual ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 47 counties. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) puts the restrictions in place during the summer months, when increases in ground level ozone may create health risks.
For seven counties that are normally included in the summer burn ban, restrictions will be activated on June 1, giving them extra time to clear vegetative debris from April storms. Those counties are Banks, Catoosa, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Upson and Walker.
"From May until September 1, open burning of yard and land-clearing debris is prohibited in some counties where particulate matter pollutants and chemicals from smoke are more likely to combine with emissions from vehicles and industrial activities," said Frank Sorrells, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission. "That's more likely to occur
By Johnathan Ray
North Georgia Community Action, Inc.
I wanted to let you all know that we will begin phasing in essential MATS transportation services beginning Monday, May 4th.
We will be limiting transit services to prescription refill trips, dialysis appointments and individuals needing access to finances, particularly the need to cash social security checks or stimulus checks to ensure they have adequate funds on hand for bills and other necessary expenses.
We feel that with the shelter in place order being lifted that some caretakers or community volunteers may have to return to their place of work and we want to be available for these essential type trips should an individual need the service.
To comply with social distancing measures under Phase I of the CDC guidelines, we will be limiting transportation to no
Some of the estimated 3,000 to 5,000 absentee ballot applications awaiting processing in the Pickens elections office.
“We are working as fast as we can,” said Elections Office Supervisor Julianne Roberts, regarding the 3,000 to 5,000 absentee ballot requests that they are processing ahead of the June 9th Primary election.
Roberts said they anticipate having all of them handled within the next two weeks so that anyone who has requested an absentee ballot by mail will have it by the time early voting starts on May 18th.
See at bottom: What is a Virtual Ceremony? More information and top questions.
“The Pickens High School Class of 2020 deserves recognition for their hard work and effort, and we are committed to honoring this milestone in their high school career,” stated Dr. Rick Townsend, Superintendent of schools for Pickens County. PHS principal, Chris Wallace, along with school stakeholders, has been working diligently to develop a plan to celebrate PHS seniors.
“It is important for students and their families to have an opportunity to provide input into this decision. The final plan is a great blend of a virtual ceremony now and a traditional ceremony later, in accordance with the survey data,” shared Mr. Wallace. The virtual ceremony will be filmed over several days and will include traditional speeches by class officers, Valedictorian, and Salutatorian.
Together with the graduate receiving their diplomas and speeches, a complete high-quality graduation video will be produced by Ellijay Telephone Company (ETC), who have agreed to handle the filming process. Students will officially graduate as planned on May 22nd and the graduation ceremony will be aired on ETC Channel 3 and Channel 403 on Friday, May 29th at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will also be available on the district’s YouTube channel (PCBOEGA) as well as on the high school and district Facebook pages. Each graduate will also be provided with a copy of the graduation video.