Local Package Store Sales Consideration Awaits State Senate Bill Approval

Once Georgia Senate Bill 145 becomes law, Clarkesville voters could get a chance to vote on whether to allow package sales of distilled spirits.

While there are a couple of ways to put the issue before the public, City Manager Keith Dickerson said his preference is to do so by ordinance. That way city leaders could add accompanying documentation that spells out where liquor stores potentially could locate.

:15 {DICKERSON AUDIO: “I would recommend doing an ordinance and at the same time approving a district in the downtown area if you did not want it to go in the downtown to say that this area is not included as a potential place.”}

Dickerson said there likely will be zoning and design measures included in any draft ordinance.

The measure will be discussed again at an upcoming meeting.

Habersham County’s oldest education institution is now a university.

Piedmont College officially became Piedmont University on Friday.

The new name was reflected in new logos on the Piedmont College campus in Demorest, the Athens campus, and its four academic units: The Colelge of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Walker College of Business.

Piedmont Board Chairman Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III, said the achievement has been a long time coming.

:37 {ARRENDALE AUDIO: “We are so excited about Piedmont University,” Arrendale said. “It’s like the name change is an accumulation of 124 years of really, really, really hard work and expanding our curriculum. You know Piedmont turns out more teachers in the state of Georgia than any other school does. We’re so proud of that. And we’re also the second highest nursing turnout of nursing students, so that is just really good and especially came in handy with this COVID coming on. We’re putting a lot of people out there with a lot of good skills that can get jobs.”}

Founded in 1897 as J.S. Green Collegiate Institute and renamed Piedmont College in 1903, Piedmont University enrolls nearly 2,600 students and offers more than 60 career-focused programs.

Tomorrow is the deadline for advance registration for the Clarkesville Kiwanis Club’s inaugural axe throwing competition set for April 24 in downtown Cornelia.

After tomorrow, entries will be $40 per person.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Habersham County youth programs.

For more details, visit the Clarkesville Kiwanis Club’s Facebook page.