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Wood wins first at state rodeo


     Jordann Wood became the first Pickens County rodeo contestant to every take home the first place buckle at the state level last weekend.


Jordann Wood of Jasper won first place for the 2019 Pole Bending GA High School Rodeo  Association State Championship. Last weekend, Jordann took home the average and yearly buckle at the State Finals in Perry. Jordann is a junior at the Mountain Ed. Charter High School. 

Not only is Jordann the first Pickens County rodeo contestant to ever take home the first place buckle at the state  level,  but she achieved this riding  the oldest horse in this year’s competition. Her amazing mare, Jessi, proved herself

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Few housing options, high building costs lead to higher property tax values


        The owners of all 20,053 parcels of property in Pickens County were mailed a property value assessment notice on May 24. If you have not received one, contact the Pickens Tax Assessors at 706-253-8700.

In an interview Monday, Chief Appraiser Roy Dobbs and Chief Deputy Appraiser Stephanie Gooch discussed the methods used, changes in the real estate and the challenges of keeping track of the values of all the land in the county.

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Developer talks VA Clinic, “adult entertainment”


This banner was the talk of the town after it appeared at The Shops of Jasper on East Church Street, the same strip mall where the VA has plans to open later this year. 

        It didn’t take long for residents to start making calls to city and county leaders, as well as this newspaper, on Wednesday, May 29 after a banner appeared at The Shops of Jasper on East Church Street. The sign read “Adult Entertainment Coming Soon!” 

The calls were from residents who were either upset and concerned – or curious and excited – about the possibility of an “adult entertainment” establishment locating in Jasper. 

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Graduation always hot, but few options for change

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CON-GRAD-ULATIONS - Pickens High senior Zach Goss and Athletic Director Chris Parker celebrate during last Saturday’s graduation ceremony.


Reports indicate that first responders treated eight people at the Pickens High graduation Saturday morning, transporting two to the hospital.

Of these, six were due to heat, one was a seizure, and one was a child with a stomach issue.

Fire and EMS Director Sloan Elrod said it wasn’t that hot this year compared to other days last week and previous graduations, but “the air in the stadium just wasn’t moving.”

While it may seem like eight people requiring emergency medical help during a high school graduation is unusual, Elrod said it was actually a light year. Last year six people were transported from the high school to the hospital for heat

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Optimists induct 2019 Legion of Character students

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2019 Legion of Character inductees and Optimists.


On May 20 the Optimist Club of Jasper announced the 2019 inductees into The Legion of Character. The purpose of creating the Legion of Character, now in its third year, is working together with the faculty of Jasper Junior High School in activities and programs throughout the year encouraging and supporting good citizenship and positive character traits in all PJHS students. Helping make all this possible have been Counselors Jana Champion and Elisha Roper.

Out of 743 students at Pickens Junior High School, 40 were selected from the 7th & 8th grades this year by the faculty to be inducted into the Legion of Character (LoC). During the induction at the school each of these students received a custom LoC T-Shirt and a pair of cool rubberized sunglasses. Among those on hand to congratulate these students were fellow Optimists Rob Jones, County Commissioner and Tucker Green, School Board Chairman as well as PJHS Principal Chadd Flatt.

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