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Jasper Farmers Market opens Saturday

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     Granny Matt Farms has been a good source for early garden plants for several years. He, and other areas farmers will be back in action, selling produce in Lee Newton park starting this Saturday.


By Darla Huffman


            The Jasper Farmers Market will open on April 1 this year.  We never know who will be there so I looked at the last 3 years and borrowed from them.

            2016: Opening day was sunny and cold; not a lot of vendors but a nice mix of previous and new vendors; crafts and produce.  Lettuce and kale were plentiful as were garden ready vegetable plants; broccoli and cabbage and other things that can be planted right now.  If you are not familiar with planting early spring gardens, the vendors who sell them are always ready to share their expertise.

            Her many friends and customers will be glad to see Jackie Carlyle at the market, selling her diabetic friendly bread and other goodies.  This

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Speeding and reckless driving on Cumming Highway being addressed by Cherokee Sheriff


     Cherokee County, Ga. March 27, 2017. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has received numerous citizen complaints about speeding and reckless driving on Cumming Highway between Canton and Forsyth County. A crash analysis performed this year by the sheriff’s office revealed there have been 36 crashes on Cumming Highway with 21 injuries.

       The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office would like to inform citizens of a safety initiative that will begin Monday

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Now is the time for real county planning, says Magistrate


Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington is leading an effort for more serious long-term planning for county government. Here, he addresses the board of commissioners on the subject at a recent meeting.


What is Pickens County going to look like in five years? Ten?  

A group of the county’s elected officials say without a clear long-term vision the future could be ruled by reactionary government instead of foresight and thoughtful planning.   

Speaking at the most recent commissioners’ meeting, Pickens County’s Chief Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington said the time is now for leaders and the public to begin work on a plan that will include internal governmental operations such as budgeting,  as well as a larger vision for the community and also economic development. 

See what else this group has planned in our print and e-editions.

Apparent murder-suicide under investigation

sherifflogoOn Tuesday, March 21st, deputies responded to an address on Burgess Road West in Jasper Georgia. The caller had advised that he had found his tenant in his home and he was not conscious. After arriving, deputies found 2 individuals in the home that were deceased.

During the initial investigation, it appears that a Mr. Perry Wayne Hightower killed Ms. Brenda Castleberry and then committed suicide. Hightower, 59 years old, was in a relationship with Ms. Castleberry, 62 years old. 

The caller revealed that he had went to the home with a family member of Ms. Castleberry after they had not heard from her for a short period of time, which was rare. 

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Latest Details: Deputy shoots man charging him with pipe after imploring him to stop and drop it

 "Don't make me shoot you," deputy implores before shots fired


A still-frame from dashboard video of encounter where a deputy shot Gary Lee Castle after he continued charging with a pipe despite numerous warnings.


Pickens Deputy Sgt. Travis Curran shot a man charging him brandishing a metal pipe around 1 a.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop on Lincoln Street. [Original report.]

Gary Lee Castle, 54, who lived on Lincoln Street where the shooting took place, was hit twice in the abdomen and  once in the arm by the 17-year-veteran deputy firing the sheriff’s office standard .40 caliber Glock pistol. Curran hit Castle with all three shots fired. 

Castle, who did not lose consciousness, was taken by helicopter to an Atlanta trauma center where he was listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday about noon.

A dashboard video from Curran’s patrol car clearly shows the events leading up to the shooting but not the shooting itself. 

See all the latest details in this week's print or e-edition.