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Free Health Fair Saturday morning at Chattahoochee Tech


    Free vision screenings given by a Jasper Lion's Club volunteers at last year's heath fair.

    This Saturday, April 25 is the popular - and free - community Health Fair at Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper. 
    Health Fair Day is a joint effort of organizers the Jasper Lions Club, and sponsoring and participating groups such as Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, Chattahoochee Technical College, Georgia Mountains Hospice, the Pickens County government, the City of Jasper and dozens of volunteers.

Improv at Tater Patch this Saturday


       After drawing steady numbers and solid laughs with their first Improv night, the Tater Patch Players are gearing up for a second helping of knee-slapping humor, Saturday.

A Night of Laughs returns April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tater Patch theater on Philadelphia Lane. Tickets are $5 at the door. The concession stand will be open.

Improv is a comedy form that stems from improvising skits on the spur of the moment and the comedy comes when actors toss out their best efforts to keep a sketch moving.

Opt-Out mom says no to school’s standardized test



      Joe and Katherine White's children are being Opted Out of the Ga. Milestone tests by their parents. Ms. White said she didn’t want to let her kids be “guinea pigs” for a hastily done, unproven statewide test. Printed on the back of the girls’ t-shirts are the reason why their parents are opting them out of testing.

       When Pickens elementary and middle school students started answering questions this week on the Georgia Milestones test, at least two students will be reading books and not answering any of the questions.

Katherine White, the mother of two Hill City Elementary students, said she has no beef with the local system, but is invoking her right to withhold her children from the statewide standardized tests. 

See print or online editions for the full story. 



PHS students cultivate passionate plant sale patrons

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PHS horticulture students Sarah Prather and Stephanie Riddle check out some of the first customers

at the Wednesday, April 15 plant sale. 


I pulled up to PHS’s AgEd barn at 1:59 p.m. to an unexpected crowd huddled anxiously around the doors, scheduled to open in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…   

By the time I parked and walked inside it was 2:01 plus 30 seconds tops, but already I felt like a salmon pushing against a crowd that had (speedily and with a most serious air about them) walked inside, scooped up plants grown by PHS horticulture students and were headed back to check out.