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It “bee”gins – Bee keepers gear up for 2018 honey season

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Damon Howell / Photo

Talking Rock Honey Bee Farm beekeeper Sean Cook checking his hives. 


The first flush of spring is here, and along with it waves of color from blossoms of the dandelion, the dogwood tree, wisteria, and honeysuckle. Not only is this display of new life exhilarating for people tired of the cold, barren winter, it’s exhilarating for honey bees and the keepers who keep them. 

Another meth bust dents local supply

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     An early morning raid March 28 on two Burgess Road West homes, led to the arrest of one man on trafficking charges. Agents from the drug task force (DTF), along with agents from the Pickens Sheriff’s office and Cherokee SWAT team seized methamphetamine, marijuana, firearms and cash during the execution of the search warrants at both homes.

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Local World War I tragedy recounted at Reinhardt program

WWI Tragedy

Michael Hitt, dressed in a vintage World War I doughboy uniform, presented a lecture at Reinhardt University on March 28th about a tragic local World War I era incident that killed three 82nd Division soldiers. Pictured with him is Betty C. Callahan, the daughter of Nurse Winnie Frances Moore Carpenter who is credited with saving several soldier's lives at the incident.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer


At the very beginning of his lecture concerning a World War I tragedy, which took the lives of three soldiers, historian Michael Hitt stated, "This was not a tragic accident, but a criminal incident." The program was held on Wednesday, March 28th at the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University and recalled the collapse of a portion of the Steele Bridge in Cherokee County on June 16th, 1918.

Not just clowning around

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     Several firefighters from Jasper and one from the county pull out all the stops (and colorful wigs) to teach about fire safety. Firefighters recently visited the Burnt Mountain Center, a non-profit that serves developmentally disabled adults. Jasper fire chief Steve Roper said the clown crew loves visiting the center “because they enjoy the show so much.” For the last five years, city and county firefighters have visited every school in the county to teach about fire safety in the home with fun skits.

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Duffie hired as Dragons basketball head coach


Coach Mike Duffie

     The Pickens County Board of Education has approved the hiring of new head boys basketball coach Mike Duffie last week. Coach Duffie is coming from Dalton where he was the head coach for the past 12 seasons. Before working at Dalton, Coach Duffie has been the head coach at Gordon Central, Morristown (TN), and Macon County. Overall Coach Duffie has 29 years’ experience as a Head Coach and has won 441 games over that time. Please welcome Coach Duffie and his family into the Dragon family. When congratulating Coach Duffie on his board approval, his response was "It's great to be a Dragon!"