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:The first Jasper Farmers Market finally opened last Saturday. The market is in its usual place, the Park and Ride lot across from the old middle school. It is about a half mile from downtown heading westbound off of Hwy.53.  You can’t miss it because we will be dancing in the street (albeit six feet apart). There are a few changes, most notably is the parking, which is in the upper lot so that the booths can be spread out to enable social distancing.  I wore my mask and stayed six feet from the vendors and customers (as always).  Most of the customers appeared to have masks on and eve…

On April 30, Jasper teenager Keaton Koch was involved in an accidental explosion at his home while burning debris in an outdoor fire pit. An old A/C unit dumped in the burn pit exploded, leaving Keaton with third-degree burns on his face, arms and hands. Additional damage to Keaton’s airway …

Teachers are masters of flexibility. From explaining a concept multiple ways to consoling and correcting students, teaching is a profession that requires thinking on one’s feet. This skill of dealing with change has come in particularly handy since learning was abruptly moved from classrooms…

Jasper’s Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center is testing patients for COVID-19. Good Sam continues to provide visits at a reduced rate based on income level with no additional cost for testing. Every person entering the building has his or her temperature taken and is screened. 

Since the pandemic began months ago the coordinated response to COVID-19 has been at the forefront of Pickens County Government’s mission. The county government under the direction of the board of commissioners has worked hand in hand with local, state, and health officials. The situation in…

As of April 20, there have been 45 reported cases of COVID-19 in Dawson County and one death, 18 cases in Pickens with two deaths and 18,947 cases in Georgia, according to the Georgia Dept. of Health. The Georgia statistics include 3,550 hospitalized—18.74 percent of those diagnosed—and 733 …

After reviewing the executive order of Governor Brian Kemp and consulting with the Pickens County Board of Health, the Department of Public Health and Piedmont Mountainside Hospital officials, the Board of Commissioners declared a local state of emergency and enacted emergency ordinances thi…