Get Adobe Flash player


Parker leaves head coach position, Nelson named new top coach

DSC 0028

Jeff Nelson with wife Leigh and daughters Ashley and Amanda. Not Pictured daughter Anna.

       The Pickens Dragons football program will have a new but familiar face leading the way in 2019. Defensive coordinator Jeff Nelson was approved last week by the Board of Education after previous head coach Chris Parker announced that he would be taking a position at the county office in which he continues as the county’s athletic director and assumes additional responsibilities. 

Read more: Parker leaves head coach position, Nelson named new top coach

Jasper Middle earns National BETA School of Distinction


By Eva Stanley

6th Grade 

JMS Beta Club member


Jasper Middle School now has a Junior Beta Club. This is Jasper Middle School’s first Beta Club as a fifth and sixth grade school. There are 117 Beta Club members. The club earned the National Beta School of Distinction for their large membership this year. 

Read more: Jasper Middle earns National BETA School of Distinction

Shop-With-a-Cop story would bring tears to the Grinch’s eye

shop with a cop

Pickens Sheriff Office/ Photo

The Pickens Sheriff Office’s Shop-With-A-Cop provided more than 80 kids with a trip to Walmart and gives a lesson in being grateful for what you have.

The sheriff’s office Shop-With-a-Cop program is a perfect example of both giving and receiving and the power of Christmas to lift the spirts of others while learning to not take what you have for granted.

Last week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Pickens deputies took kids shopping at Walmart, each given a $175 budget. A few kids had parents accompanying them, especially if a disability required special measures.

Read more: Shop-With-a-Cop story would bring tears to the Grinch’s eye

Would Jesus Vape?


By Ben Mock

Mount Zion Baptist Church


What we celebrate at Christmas is a paradox - how God, who made man after His likeness, sent His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, that He might save us from death by dying Himself. Jesus was “found in fashion as a man” (Philippians 2.8) in order to lay down His life, that we might not continue to destroy ours. And yet, we remain the most self destructive creatures of all. 

Read more: Would Jesus Vape?

City of Jasper enters negotiation phase in manager search

Updated -- Council member Proctor offers comments on manager search   

Jim Looney, interim city manager for Jasper, will enter negotiations with candidates for his replacement per instructions given by the council following a closed session Thursday evening.


   Council attorney Bill Pickett read a statement when the meeting returned to open session indicating they had authorized Looney to negotiate with the candidates for city manager who have shown an interest in the job. The council interviewed four potential candidates earlier this month.

Read more: City of Jasper enters negotiation phase in manager search