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Drive carefully, new school year starting

By Tucker Green, Public Information Officer

Summer break is over for local students and education professionals. The start of a new school year will bring increased traffic during the early morning and afternoon hours. Keep this in mind while driving.

Pickens County Schools recently announced the closing of school for Monday August 21. The closing is in response to a total eclipse of the sun that will occur on that day. The eclipse will begin at roughly 1 p.m., with the total eclipse occurring at approximately 2:35 p.m., and ending between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

It is estimated that Pickens County will be in total darkness for about two and a half minutes. Pickens County Emergency Management expects an influx of traffic and tourists visiting our area to witness the eclipse. Please use caution during this time, and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.

July road repair activity in the county

The road department completed paving Old Tate Road, Burnt Mountain Road, Cain Trail and Thompson Lane (53 W Section).

Cain Trail
Newly paved Cain Trail

Public Works will soon be paving Tilley Road, and Swan Bridge Road. Local Maintenance Improvement Grant subcontractor crews completed paving Old Philadelphia Road, Grady Street, Jackson Street, John Street, Northside Drive, Gordon Road, Myrtle Street, Arminda Street, Glyness Street, West Gordon Road, Pine View Court, Twin Oak Court, Mountain View Court, Mountain View Drive, and Collins Road.

Subcontractor crews are currently working on Golden Springs Drive, and East Golden Springs Drive.

Pickens County Recreation Department to host August activities

The Pickens County Recreation Department (PCDR) offers Pickleball games throughout the week, and will host a pickleball clinic on August 17 and 18, contact PCRD, located at 1329 Camp Rd, Jasper, GA 30143, at 706 253-8863 for more information.

PCRD’s annual “Movie Under the Stars” was postponed due to weather, and will now occur on Friday August 11 at Roper Park.

The recreation department completed another successful year of summer camp at the end of July.

Other county activity included:

  • The 911 Operations Center received 1,710 calls, 419 were medical responses and 302 were fire related
  • The water department installed 11 new water meters, and continued to work on a line extension at Jones Mountain Road.
  • The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 70 new animals, and 51 went out through various forms of adoption during July.
  • The department of Planning and Development issued 38 new building permits.
  • Vaughn Kelley was recognized for 10 years of service to the sheriff’s office.

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