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Before firing up the grill, think safety

 Summer is coming into full swing and the warmer weather means homeowners will be using their grills and outdoor equipment more frequently. The service experts at Mr. Appliance are dedicated to helping people maintain their appliances and get the most use out of them as possible. The appliance service experts have some tips to help homeowners be ready for their outdoor grilling experiences.

Hemlock Help Session Coming to Jasper

 Hemlock killed by HWA

By Donna Shearer, Chairman Save Georgia’s Hemlocks

Now is the time to inspect your hemlock trees for signs of the hemlock woolly adelgid, the invasive insect that is killing them all across north Georgia, including in this county.  [Anyone who is interested in learning more about saving their hemlocks is invited to sign up for a FREE training class taught by Save Georgia’s Hemlocks.

Note that REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  The next class will be held in Jasper on Saturday, May 30.  To register, please call 706-636-5240 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register by May 28.  Location is the Pickens County Library, 100 Library Lane, Jasper.]

Bald Eagle nesting reaches new high in Georgia

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Photo/Jim Ozier/GaDNR

         An eagle nest in a hardwood -- not the norm -- at Lake Walter F. George in Quitman County. The nest was spotted during DNR's bald eagle nest survey flights this year.

            The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has documented the most bald eagle nests ever found in the state, more than 200 sites that show eagle nesting levels in Georgia continue to soar.

            According to preliminary results of aerial surveys done in January and March, the DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section counted 210 occupied nesting territories, 166 successful nests and 270 young fledged.

PHS grads visit their old elementary, middle schools

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Graduating PHS senior Allen Bufford speaks to Hill City Elementary 5th grade students.

     In what could become a new tradition, graduating seniors from PHS visited their former Pickens elementary and middle schools this week, Wednesday, May 20. 

     Around 11 a.m. a group of seniors were bussed to the Hill City Elementary campus wearing full cap and gown. Hill City students lined the walls while grads made their way through the hallway to the gym, where five seniors gave advice to rising middle schoolers.