Schools, sheriff, DA see demo of new weapon in fight against drugs
School, sheriff and district attorney personnel on Friday discussed efforts that could be taken to combat vaping among teens and the vaping of illegal synthetic substances.
The meeting at the school board offices featured the demonstration of a $48,000 handheld device that could identify the “fingerprints” of thousands of different drugs, as well as explosive material with no advanced chemistry training needed to operate it.
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Every 2nd Saturday of the month the Pickens County Master Gardeners will have educational programs at the Jasper Farmers’ Market.
By Heather Giambra
Another fine day for our farmers’ market, despite the possibility of rain, that did not appear. We are grateful to be dry and warm to conduct business, despite the smaller turnout. Thank goodness the Bark in The Park event drew dogs and their people in as they took notice and sauntered over to peruse the great things our vendors have to offer.
Residents reminisce with loads of old photos on new Facebook page
The old courthouse with the Edge Building that houses the Pickens Progress in the background:
One of the “Photos of Pickens County Georgia” creator Gaylon Mathew’s
favorites that have been posted on the Facebook page.
Just a week after photographer Gaylon Mathews created a Facebook page dedicated to sharing photos of Pickens County history, the group had already attracted over 4,300 members who had made over 95,000 posts/comments/reactions.
In the first post on “Photos of Pickens County Georgia,” created April 7, 2019, Mathews outlines the page’s goal: to “share photos of businesses, industry, churches, cemeteries, abandoned structures, old home places, attractions, waterfalls, lakes and ponds, wildlife street photos, people, sports, incidents, newsworthy events, farms, and so on.”
Dan Pool / Photo
K-9 officer Storm steals the spotlight during the Chamber’s State of the County presentation Tuesday morning at Chattahoochee Tech. The newly-trained dog with the sheriff’s office is shown with handler Brandon Esparza.
The Chamber of Commerce hosted a State of the County program Tuesday featuring Commission Chair Rob Jones, Jasper Mayor John Weaver, School Superintendent Carlton Wilson and Sheriff Donnie Craig.
Host Tim Norton, of Reinhardt University, introduced the program by saying you can not understand government or the people involved without getting out and seeing them in programs like this.
“You can’t get what you need by social media,” he said. “You have to know people.”
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