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Car rolls on railroad tracks in Jasper


Wednesday afternoon crews were working to get a vehicle off the railroad tracks near the Pickens Medical Supply Building on Church Street. The crews had alerted the train operators of the vehicle on the tracks and no trains appeared to be in near vicinity.

   The vehicle apparently rolled onto the tracks even though the driver and a first responder confirmed the vehicle remained in park. An elderly passenger was in the car and was shaken but not seriously injured.

Senior center cares for “God’s older kids”




Even before the doors of the Pickens County Senior Center open in the morning s, a line begins to form. It’s just before 8 a.m. and the early birds are anxious for the day’s activities to begin. 

“They’re ready to get here,” said Kimberly Bolt, the center’s enthusiastic and gregarious director who has more than tripled enrollment since she came to the center three years ago. “They come in and immediately divide into three areas - what we call the ‘hens’ nest,’ the veterans, and the Rummikub players. Our daily activities begin at 9:30. Around 10:45 we get ready for lunch.”

  Pickens County Senior Center Director Kimberly Bolt keeps things lively with daily activities, field trips and other events.

Plea deal may be in works for Miller


Mark Miller

     A plea deal could be forthcoming for Jasper attorney Mark Miller who faces numerous counts of financial theft from former clients, totaling as much as $2 million. However, the well-known Jasper attorney made it plain after the close of court Monday the initial provisions offered were not acceptable.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

Habitat volunteers frame walls on 17th Pickens house



Volunteers enjoyed the food provided by Jasper Subway. If you think you might enjoy volunteering with Habitat for Humanity go online to or call 706-253-2393. You may also donate on line.

        Twenty-two volunteers signed in to work on Saturday, January 28, and framed the walls on the 17th build for Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteer Glenn Rasco was asked about his work with Habitat.  Retired from management at Chattahoochee Tech, Glenn says he learned to build from his uncle. He and his wife have worked on several mission building projects in the past and he enjoys building projects at his home.

When asked why he chose to join the Habitat project,  he said "I just like the work."  



New day and program for free tax preparation



By John Lomax


The free tax preparation provided by AARP Tax-Aide will again take place at Pickens County Library this season on a new day, Tuesday, from February 7th through April 11th, starting at 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The service is aimed at clients with moderate income and an uncomplicated tax return. 

“There is no requirement to be an AARP member or to be retired,” says Pickens County resident John Lomax. John is the district coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide and his district covers Bartow, Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties where six sites operate for four hours each week, staffed by over 30 volunteers, including five other Pickens County residents. All volunteers are certified by the IRS.