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Y'all Watch - Pickens couple to be on Redneck Rehab


     Above, WHERE REDNECK MEETS THE LIMELIGHT - Pickens residents Heather (top row on right), Adam Matteson (bottom row on right), and son Titus (bottom row center) on the set of Redneck Rehab with host Tom Arnold (center). The Matteson’s episode airs on CMT this weekend.

     "My husband’s sister moved to Knoxville and she’s all into working out and shopping and just real high-maintenance,” said Pickens resident Heather Matteson, who will be featured on CMT's Redneck Rehab Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28. with her husband Adam, son Titus, and in-laws and niece. “We got her down here and showed her how to live off the land,” she said laughing.

Read what Adam and Heather Matteson said about their experience with this reality show in this week's print or e-edition.

Researchers here this week to document Ga. Marble


By Victoria Woodcock,
Historical researcher with the "Who Built the Minnesota Capitol Building" project

    Over the last three years, a team of researchers has been uncovering the stories of the men and women who built the Minnesota State Capitol building between 1896 and 1907.  We have researched not only on-site tradesmen, such as carpenters and stonecutters, but quarry and railroad workers who supplied the materials for the statehouse. 

County-wide Sunday alcohol sales to be on March ballot


Convenience store and grocery owners outside the city limits of Jasper may be happy to hear that the county will put Sunday alcohol sales by the package on a special election ballot in March of next year.


Pickens Family Partners braces for crippling budget cuts

Super Heroes Run & Obstacle Course fundraiser planned to help struggling non-profit


Click the above photo to be taken to the Pickens Family Partners website

     “Ninety percent of the parents we serve are either victims of child abuse or neglect,” said Pickens Family Partners Executive Director Margy Lohman, who will be slashing her staff and cutting services after state budget cuts come the first of the year.


    “These parents have poor childhood histories, substance abuse, lack of coping skills and education, and are very isolated,” she said. “How are they going to parent? That’s my biggest fear. What’s going to happen to these families?”
    Pickens Family Partners opened in 1994 under the name Prevent Child Abuse Pickens. The goal of the non-profit is, and has always been, to prevent child abuse and neglect. They accomplish this through various programs, including First Steps (in hospital visitation for new parents), Parents as Teachers (an early school readiness program), and Healthy Families (home visitation and other support for parents with preschool children). 
    “We currently have anywhere from 65 to 70 families on the programs and close to 148 children. We are going to have to cut from 40 to 50 families from that,” Lohman said. “We know what will happen, the rate of child abuse and neglect will go up but we won’t see it for three years because they are that far behind in data. I told someone they will have to build another Hope House.”


PCMS band performs colorful costume concert



The Pickens County Middle School 7th and 8th grade bands performed their annual Halloween Costume Concert Thursday night to a packed gymnasium. Under the direction of Kevin Boyle 7th grade students performed The Midnight Suite by Brian Balmages, which included "Midnight Mission", "Midnight Sky", and "Midnight Madness". 

Members of the 8th grade band performed "Medieval Legend" by Michael Story, "The Monster Under the Bed" by Robert Sheldon, and "Engines of Resistance".  

Students played their Halloween- themed pieces while dressed in costumes.