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GORUCK a mac daddy of endurance events

Royston employees complete event developed by former Green Beret



Marshall Dixon, far right holding flag, Kyle Frantz, second from right, and Adam Swartz, gray shirt kneeling on far right, were three in their team of 19. This photo was taken after they completed the challenge.


A patch. An unassuming black-and-white patch embroidered with “GORUCK Tough” was the prize three Royston employees received after completing the most grueling 17-mile trek of their lives.   

But to Marshall Dixon, Kyle Frantz and Adam Swartz that little patch means a heck of a lot more than all the t-shirts, fancy medals and other swag you get at most physical endurance challenges.  

County releases list of over two dozen roads to be paved

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        Motorists will see improvements to over 30 Pickens County roads this year, thanks in part to the state’s Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG). 

Every year the county and the city of Jasper apply for grant money from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s program, which will provide $120 million in resurfacing and other roads projects across the state in 2017. The local governing authorities are required to provide 30 percent matching funds. 

      See full list of roads in this week's print or online editions. 

Collins Introduces Legislation to Encourage Rural Broadband Development


“In the twenty-first century, education, jobs and economic success are tied to digital infrastructure, and I’ve introduced the GO Act to increase broadband investment in rural America through smarter, simpler policies based on market competition.”

 WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act to promote broadband development in rural and economically disadvantaged areas.

Cooling off, Hunger Games style


Angela Reinhardt / Photo

The Pickens County Library put a twist on the classic water balloon fight with their “Water Balloon Hunger Games” Monday. 

Teens lobbed balloons at each other in the yard behind the library, at times ganging up on an unsuspecting individual, and were drenched by the end of the battle. 

The library has a full line-up of summer activities for kids of all ages, including an upcoming Slime-tastic STEM event where teens will learn to make gooey slime, magnetic slime, color-changing slime, glow-in-the-dark slime on June 26th from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Registration is required.

The program is for kids in grades 6-12. For more information contact the library at 706-692-5411. 

Wednesday Market opens June 14

                               Saturday market to feature Healthy Garden-Healthy Gardener


Floyd Reed behind his remarkable birdhouses at last Saturday’s market.


By Darla Huffman,

Farmers Market


The Pickens Master Gardeners will be at the market this Saturday, June 10, for more of the “Healthy Garden-Healthy Gardener” series.  This month’s topics will be hydroponics, gardening to attract birds and a how-to demonstration of propagation techniques. Diane Nelson and other volunteers will be available to present these and to answer gardening questions from 7:30 to 12:00 noon.