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Shamrocking on Main St.

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photo/Dan Pool

Sparkles the dog leads (l-r) Kelly Byers, Margy Lohman and Barbara Byers in the second annual Shamrock Stroll in downtown Jasper Saturday. The fun .5K walk benefited Pickens students who attend Reinhardt University. See more photos of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Page 18A in thisweek's print or online editions. 


Staff Reports

Reinhardt’s second annual Shamrock Stroll .5K was held Saturday, March 16th in downtown Jasper to a great turnout supporting the Pickens Scholars program, which provides scholarships for Pickens students attending the Waleska-based private school.

“We were very pleased with the day’s event,” said Dale Morrissey, senior director of constituent engagement for Reinhardt. “We extended the stroll this year to Main Street so we could grow. We had

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Not Fit For A Pig


Flynn Fields Rescue Facebook Page / Photo

Conditions at a Talc Mine Road residence were “deplorable.” Animal control officers and rescue group operators went above and beyond to save three hogs from nightmarish conditions, seen in the photo on the right. The photo on the left shows the hogs’ new home, Flynn Fields Rescue, where they are being taken care of - “Every day they are learning new things about kindness from humans,” said rescue operators.  


        How long does it take two animal control officers and operators of a local rescue group to wrangle three hogs neglected and abused by their owners? 

Despite being several people strong, it took officers Nichole Strickland and Miranda Harrison with Mike and Christy Fields of Flynn Fields Rescue nearly six hours. 

The rescue took place on Wednesday, March 6 after the Drug Task Force called animal control officers to a residence on Talc Mine Road. Rescue efforts lasted from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.

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The "Drowsy Chaperone" continues at PHS


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The cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” during one of the many show-stopping musical numbers in the show.


Submitted by PHS Theatre


PHS Theatre’s spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” will be evaluated this Saturday on their opening night performance. The opening night is Saturday, March 16th at 7 p.m., held at Pickens High School’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.  

Fashioned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, also called Shuler Awards, celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre. The awards are named in honor of Georgia native Shuler Hensley, winner of the prestigious Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk

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One dead in officer-involved shooting in Salacoa area


     PRESS RELEASE CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - At approximately 8:15 pm Tuesday night Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a domestic dispute on Hancock Mountain Trl. in the Salacoa community of northern Cherokee County. Responding deputies were provided information there was a male inside the home holding a firearm to the head of female. The first deputy on the scene approached the mobile home on foot and through the open front door observed armed male pointing a firearm at a female that was later determined to be his estranged wife. 

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Mass confusion at GOP convention

Katie Cagle elected youngest female GOP chair

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          It was a packed house at the GOP Convention Saturday, March 9. Over 140 people showed up to register in the party and vote for executive committee candidates. Delegates were seated in sections according to their district, but because of the unexpectedly large crowd more chairs had to be brought in and some districts had to be split into different areas of the room.  


     During a Mass Meeting/Convention that took over six hours due to holdups with participant check-ins, complaints raised about meeting protocol, and other issues, 23-year-old Pickens County resident Katie Cagle was overwhelmingly elected as the local GOP chair.

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