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Jasper Fire Chief John Sherrer announced that Fire Marshal Ian Norton was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Jasper Fire Department on Jan. 11, 2023.  Assistant chief Norton began his career with Jasper as a volunteer firefighter over 20 years ago.  He worked his way through the ranks to his…

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Fourth graders from Hill City Elementary school in Mrs. Krista Shipman’s gifted class were at the Jan. 13 board of education meeting to deliver an overview of their winning efforts in the bi-annual Georgia Dept. of Agriculture STEM competition. The competition, co-sponsored by Georgia Agricu…

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The Lodge at Stephens Lake, a new senior living community just off Highway 515 in Jasper, Georgia, is now open and welcoming new residents. The 77,000 square foot campus is located at 200 Mountain Boulevard South–adjacent to the Grandview at Gateway 55+ community–and features independent liv…

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Two precious, tiny kittens were found on Wilderness Parkway near the Equestrian neighborhood late last year. After realizing no mother was around, the compassionate individual who discovered them notified BCAR and a foster home was found.

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Lady Grey and her five royal kittens delighted all visitors and volunteers at Maggie’s House, the feline shelter of Big Canoe Animal Rescue. Mom and the litter of three boys and two girls were an active and lovable group. Kittens Ashton, Dustin, Dapple and Dexter were adopted earlier in the …

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There was no respite for the police departments during December as the number of reported arrests surged to 79.  Pickens Sheriff’s Office accounted for 57 arrests, Jasper Police Department had 11, Georgia State Patrol at Jasper netted five, while Dawson and Gilmer counties each had one.  The…

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Salvatore, or as he is known to his intimates, Sal, came to Maggie’s House because a compassionate person in Marble Hill found him and his brother, Rocco, beside their deceased mother. Though we cannot know how this tragedy occurred, we can surmise they would have had trouble surviving if so…

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The current superintendent of Pickens County School District, Tony Young is retiring on December 31, completing 30 years of service. His leadership helped the district achieve several key milestones most notably the shift in focus to teaching and learning. “Our business is educating students…

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Freddy is a handsome 2-year-old tabby male. He sports a distinctive long, thin tail that makes a curl at its end. Freddy showed up on Crested Fern Lane in Big Canoe and discovered a house inhabited by a very kind lady. He asked to come inside and his wish was granted. He was given food, shel…

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With the basketball season just getting started the Pickens Dragonettes and the Dragons are off to good starts through December 9.  They had a combined ten wins as the Dragonettes were 7-0 and the Dragons 3-2. 

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During the board of commissioners work session on Thursday, December 1 chairman Kris Stancil provided a second reading of the proposed 2023 Pickens County budget.  He moved through the review quite quickly having presented the plan initially on November 17.  The final review and vote will ta…