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It’s time to hunt some Easter eggs


Damon Howell / Photo

Local children enjoyed overfilling their Easter baskets at Cornerstone Church’s Easter egg hunt last Saturday. There are more hunts and numerous church services planned for the Easter holiday. You can find information on all the Easter activities  throughout this week’s paper.

SCAM ALERT: Con Artist Impersonating Representatives from Publisher’s Clearing House


     ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Department of Law’s Consumer Protection Unit has received a number of complaints about scammers posing as representatives from Publisher’s Clearing House. The scammers call consumers and tell them they have won a big prize through the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. They then instruct the consumer to send several hundred dollars via wire transfer or a Green Dot MoneyPak card to secure their prize or pay for fees or taxes. Consumers who comply soon discover that the “big win” they had imagined was actually a win for the scammer who made off with the consumer’s money. 

     To help you avoid Publishers Clearing House (PCH) scams, the Consumer Protection Unit offers the following tips:

     Never pay money to receive a prize.Not only is this a sure sign of a scam, it is a violation of Georgia law.

     PCH sweepstakes are always free to enter, and there is never a fee associated with winning.

PCH doesn’t call ahead to say you’ve won; they notify winners of major prize awards in person via their Prize Patrol.


Historic flea market will re-open in April

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J.C. Burke and his signed fiddle. Burke has had a booth for 28 years at the roadside attraction on Highway 515.

By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


A historical landmark in Jasper is getting a face lift and a new start. Market 96 flea market will hold its grand re-opening on April 7. How can a flea market be a historic site? The flea market was opened sometime in 1984-85. Arthur Lee Prather opened it on the corner of County Highway 96 (now Allred Mill) and what is now Hwy. 515. Up on the hilltop was a grove oak trees that soon became the market. He named it 96 West Oaks Flea Market. The sign still hangs over the west door of the main building.

Pickens 16th healthiest county in state, 6th best quality of life




Pickens County is ranked as Georgia’s 16th healthiest county, behind #1 Forsyth, #2 Oconee and #3 Cherokee. Gilmer ranked 36th and Dawson 23rd.

  The 2018 County Health Rankings, released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, showed affluent suburban counties as Georgia’s healthiest.

  After Forsyth, which is northeast of Atlanta, the next four are Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette, and Gwinnett counties. They are followed by Columbia, Cobb, Harris, Paulding and Coweta.

Smiling faces fill first Shamrock Stroll

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Robin Dunn / Photo

More than 250, plus dogs and children, joined the Shamrock Stroll 

Saturday. Organizers hope it will become a yearly tradition.


With perfect weather and a large turnout in green, the inaugural Shamrock Stroll in downtown Jasper left Irish (and other) eyes smiling.

The short walk down Main Street followed by a family friendly party at the grassy area on the corner of Spring Street was hosted by Reinhardt University as part of their scholarship program “ADay for Pickens,” which has raised $30,000 for local scholarships since it was started last July.

The event held in the late afternoon saw an outstanding turnout, with more than 250 registered Shamrock strollers sporting their finest Irish-themed attire most of whom stayed to enjoy the food, beverages, games at the city’s green space park along with music from the C.C. Morgan band.