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Grant to bring outdoor apiary classroom to Talking Rock Nature Preserve


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Damon Howell / Photo

     Matt Kinzer, left, and Bill Norris of the Appalachian Beekeepers Association of Georgia do a routine check of the beehives at Talking Rock Nature Preserve. The club checks the hives every seven to 10 days. A grant will allow them to build an outdoor classroom near the apiary in an ongoing partnership with the park. 

       What’s the buzz at Talking Rock Nature Preserve? Mountain bikes whizzing by? Yes, that;  but park leaders are also thrilled about a grant from the Georgia Beekeepers Association that will enhance their apiary with an outdoor classroom. 

Read more: Grant to bring outdoor apiary classroom to Talking Rock Nature Preserve

A perplexing saga of the ‘homeless guy with the horse’


     Roman Adams with Smokey.

       The stories of how Roman Adams ends up wherever he ends up seem to always have a simple version, and then behind-the-scenes tales of both divine revelations and international conspiracy.

Many people became familiar with Adams as “the homeless guy with the horse.” He had set up camp along Camp Road within sight of the jail after local politician/developer David Shouse gave him permission to stay on the property.

Since before Christmas Adams had lived in a tent on Shouse’s property with his horse, Smokey, and three dogs. He often attracted supporters who gave donations and stopped to chat. Prior to Camp Road, Adams was at the four-way stop in Tate, and prior to that near the RaceTrac on 515.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

Kemp: "Georgia is Open for Business" - rolls back COVID restrictions

Atlanta, GA – On Thursday, April 8, Executive Order will take effect, rolling back the remaining COVID-19 restrictions on Georgia's economy. The Governor's Executive Orders are available to read here. See below for a video message from Governor Kemp.


Executive Order


Will become effective April 8 through April 30, 2021

Eliminates the Gatherings ban

Eliminates Shelter-in-Place requirements

Removes the critical infrastructure distinction and collapses all organization suggested measures into one main list, with a small number of additional industry-specific requirements remaining

Reduces any remaining distance requirements (i.e. distance between parties at restaurants, bars, and movie theaters, and between patrons of group fitness classes)

Eliminates the ability of law enforcement to close an organization for failure to comply with the Executive Order provisions

Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines amid blood-clot cases

By Beau Evans
Staff Writer
Capitol Beat News Service

    Georgia has paused distribution of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as part of a nationwide halt after reports of blot clots in six people in the U.S. who had received the shot.
    The six cases of “a rare and severe type of blood clot” are among more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson-brand vaccine administered in the U.S. as of Monday, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    “Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare,” the FDA said in a statement Tuesday.
   The six cases of blot clots all occurred in women between ages 18 and 48 and happened six to 13 days after receiving the vaccine, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Read more: Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines amid blood-clot cases

New marshal ready to roll



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.