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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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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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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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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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Organizers of a formal, political effort to recall Steve Smith and Aaron Holland have cleared their first hurdle, garnering over 160 sponsors’ signatures for their petition application. Impact Pickens presented this initial action to Elections and Registration Supervisor Julianne Roberts Fri…

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If you had driven along Highway 53 near Tate any time before 2015, you would have passed a weathered and worn train depot sitting beside the track at the crossing.  If you looked closely as you passed by the end of the building you probably wondered why the building was so close to the road …

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Tall cranes and large, tapered concrete and steel poles stopped traffic at the Cove Road roundabout March 10 and 11, surrounded by a fleet of Amicalola EMC, PIKE, and Georgia Transmission trucks. Flagmen stood far back on Cove Road and Steve Tate Hwy. with drivers coming up from Highway 53 d…

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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 on Sunday, April 11 from 2- 4 p.m. This event will support local charities who are trying to match monetary needs amid lower contributions following the 2020 pandemic. Featured …

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People adopting pets from rescue organizations usually realize that they, more than the animals, are the ones being rescued. It’s rewarding to provide a home for a scared and lonely creature, but the pet returns unqualified love and provides constant companionship. In the balance of things t…

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A formal recall effort has gathered momentum, focused on removing two of the three Pickens County Board of Education members responsible for terminating former superintendent Rick Townsend “without cause.” Their actions over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend cost more than $400,000…

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Members of the Big Canoe/North Georgia Friendship Force have not been traveling this past year due to the pandemic, but we have been connecting with other clubs around the world via Zoom calls. The photo shows a recent Zoom call involving a reunion of our Club’s first Open World delegates, h…

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Be still my heart, the first Jasper Farmers Market of the season is just around the corner on April 10. Boy, it sure felt like a long winter’s nap without fresh vegetables and treats from the market. But spring has sprung and another great season is upon us. This is the 22nd year for the Jas…