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The Big Canoe Black Bear Society with support from the Big Canoe Chapel will host a benefit event at The Terraces from 2-4 p.m. on April 11.This event—sold out as of April 5—will support local charities who are trying to match monetary needs amid lower contributions following the 2020 pandemic. Donations to Ruth House and Aces will be greatly appreciated.

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The Big Canoe Black Bear Society with support from the Big Canoe Chapel will host a benefit event at The Terraces from 2-4 p.m. on April 11.This event—sold out as of April 5—will support local charities who are trying to match monetary needs amid lower contributions following the 2020 pandem…

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Mark your  calendar and bring a friend to this fun fellowship for a worthy cause. The first of two special Prayer Blanket Workshops sponsored by the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship will be April 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in McCormick Hall at the chapel.  Learn how to make these soft, comfortin…

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Many of the parks in Big Canoe have an elaborate sign at the main entrance, by the road, installed when the parks were set up in the mid 2000s. Over time these signs had faded and were looking neglected. 

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To be honest, I never would have created the Big Canoe Historical Society Facebook group if there had been any significant history written about Big Canoe. It concerned me that there was no organized effort in place to keep the history of our great community easily available and preserved. C…

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Two SPLOST VI funded projects were officially opened March 9 with members of the community, elected officials and local athletes joining in the ribbon cutting ceremonies. The Bowen Family Pavilion and multi-use field at Veterans Memorial Park were highlighted in a ceremony featuring remarks …

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Homegrown fresh vegetables not only taste better; they are more nutritious. Plus, you can control what products are applied to the plants to control insect pests and disease. The first steps to growing a productive vegetable garden and protecting your harvest begin with proper planning and care. 

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We have just completed our penultimate week of the 2021 legislative session. All committees have wrapped up their work and have passed out all legislation that will have the opportunity to become law this year. Our days this week were lengthy and included a considerable amount of time dedica…

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At one time the founders of Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park were told we would only place 50 Bricks of Honor at the park.  We just placed 17 more Bricks of Honor at the park and gratefully announce another milestone: The Bricks of Honor program has now grown to 858 Bricks of Honor. 

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“March, April, and November typically have the highest number of wildfires in Georgia,” U.S. Forest Service wildfire expert Mike Davis told attendees at the Wildcat Community, meeting in Pickens Station 10 on Saturday, March 27. Davis along with Forest Ranger Anthony English and Firewise sta…

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When Reed Hastings, Netflix founder and CEO, endorses something, it carries enormous weight. Last summer, he and his wife Patty made a $120 million contribution to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, helping to stabilize and grow important institutions that have floundered in recen…

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Gabrielle is such a lady!  She likes her friends to call her Gabby.  She loves the company of human beings and will sit in your lap for hours if you would like.  She loves to play with toys and roll around for a good scratching on her back and head.  She is a bit overweight, but after a year…

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While it is true that riding a motorcycle offers more freedom than a car, for the majority of riders it is more of a temporary escape. Returning to the garage or driveway also means returning to reality. Very few bikers have the opportunity to live by the unwritten rules of the road. Instead…