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Auditors: Pickens has ‘very low debt’


        An audit of the Pickens County FY 2016 budget shows increasing cash reserves and low debt compared to other counties of similar size.

         The audit, performed by Bates, Carter & Associates, also shows five negative findings that required action by county leaders.     

In a presentation to county commissioners, Beth Grimes, audit partner with the firm, discussed a summary of their findings. Grimes applauded the county for improving its financial position over the last few years. 

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Lions Club gears up for Independence Day: Fair comes to town June 30th

C.C. Morgan to headline entertainment 


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The Jasper Lion’s Club is in full swing preparing for their annual Fourth of July celebration, which kicks off with a carnival the Friday before the Fourth. 

“It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it,” said Lion Eloise Lindsey. “All the proceeds from this event the Lions use to go toward our Fil-A-Stocking program and other projects we have. The kids always really look forward to it, and for some kids who can’t go to Six Flags or Disney this is a highlight of the year.” 

The event will feature all the family favorites – carnival rides, food and craft vendors, and on the day of the Fourth a

A treasure hunt that rocks: Pickens County GA Rocks Facebook page takes off


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Rock painting, hiding and hunting is a popular activity across the country, with local Facebook groups popping up everywhere. Above, some rocks recently hidden in Pickens County.

It was an hour or so after I first spoke with “Pickens County GA Rocks” Facebook page founder Cindy McPherson that I decided to go on a rock hunt of my own. 

She’d given be a brief explanation of the painted rock hiding/finding phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation, and I’d spotted a clue on the Facebook page for a rock hidden at a location that was on my way to Ball Ground. The clue was a photo of a small rock painted with the word “God” and placed on a concrete patio ledge. The photo caption read, “You have to be ‘quick’ to find this one.”    

Tea Party Talk: Islamic Jihad

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Penny Barker


For almost 80 years, since the end of World War II, the United States has been more or less free of the threats of our loss of freedoms that our citizens have enjoyed for close to 250 years.  But a new and ominous threat is now raising its ugly head.  “The threat of Islamic Jihad: The Unholy Alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Progressive Movement.”

Crash takes life of Canton teen


Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Cherokee County, Ga. June 20, 2017.  The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1:52pm on Hightower Road east of Lower Creighton Rd.  The vehicle, a Dodge Ram truck, was traveling westbound on Hightower Road when it left the roadway traveling down an embankment and struck a tree.  The driver, a 17 year old male of Canton, was transported to the hospital and the passenger, a 16 year old juvenile of Canton, was declared deceased at the scene.  The names will not be released pending notification of the families.  The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting the investigation into the accident.