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Kids at Roper Park must have supervision under new policy

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When school is in session, many Pickens County Middle Schoolers walk through this culvert to get to Roper Park after they are dismissed from school --- but many of the kids are unsupervised and it has created a big problem, according to the rec director.

     Commissioners swiftly and unanimously voted to beef up rules regarding unsupervised minors at Roper Park, a situation the recreation director said was “spiraling out of control.”
    Beginning on August 1, all kids under the age of 16 will be required to have supervision at Roper Park by an adult 18 years or older. This includes all playing fields, tracks and the Pickens County Community Center. Signage will be placed around the park to alert park goers of the new policy. 

See the full story including comments from rec director Brian Jones in this week's edition.

Finding ‘Awesome’: Pickens adventurer rappels Amicalola Falls



By William Young

    Feeding rope through my rappel rack, I back closer to the edge. I glance over my shoulder at rushing water as it begins its 729 foot cascade to a pool far below.
    Amicalola Falls, one of north Georgia’s most beautiful spots, is besieged by a multitude of visitors. Only a small percentage of those are thoughtless enough to leave trash behind. But it mounts up. Some of that trash enters the stream, ending up on the falls or below. Some of the trash is found near the trail or the stairs.

Arsonist who killed five people loses appeal




            A man who has been convicted twice in DeKalb County of murdering his wife will get a third trial under a decision today by the Supreme Court of Georgia.


            In this high-profile case, the high court has again reversed the conviction of Dennis Allaben for the 2010 strangling death of his wife, Maureen Allaben. In a unanimous opinion, written by

Large crowd offers opinions on Jasper

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    Jasper business owners and residents ponder plans presented to improve the town’s transportation and its effects on downtown commerce at a public forum last Thursday in the county admin building.

    One planning consultant commended Jasper with a “good job” for the tremendous turnout to offer input into the town’s roads, signs and appearance at a meeting Thursday at the county administration building.
    The room was indeed packed with more than 70 business owners, local officials, chamber leaders and residents providing their two-cents-worths on a number of topics concerning Jasper through the Downtown Transportation

Jasper Middle School assistant principal promoted

   Anita Walker

     Anita Walker and family.

     Press Release from the Pickens County School System

     Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District is pleased to announce the promotion of Anita Walker to Principal of Jasper Middle School. Ms. Walker served as Assistant Principal at JMS since 2015.
    Ms. Walker is a native of Pickens County. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from North Georgia College and a Master’s Degree from Piedmont College. Prior to serving as Assistant Principal of JMS, she held a variety of