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Tea: The house wine of the South

Tea trumps coffee at local restaurants


    Speed Burger employee Camille Johnson stirs up a batch of sweet tea before the restaurant opens.
    Once upon a sweet time there was tea.
    Not sweet tea or half and half, just tea – and it was always sweet. Our Southern heritage, like our tea, has been diluted a bit but many of us still consider tea – that brown drink served from a big pitcher and sweetened with good old-fashioned cane sugar – the epitome of a classic drink. 


Tax Digest in the works


     Continuing to work on the values of property in the county for the 2013 digest, the tax assessors’ office anticipates no problem meeting the state deadline for submission, which is August 1, but did not indicate it would be ready any time significantly sooner.
    Despite school officials regular public comments that they can’t finish their budget until the digest numbers are released, Chief Tax Assessor Roy Dobbs points out (and the state Dept. of Revenue confirms) that digest numbers are not due to the state until August 1.

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Pickens sheriff investigating death of Woodstock K9 unit

Pickens sheriff officers are investigating the death of the Woodstock Police Office's K9 dog that died at its handler house in Pickens County.

According to a news release from the Woodstock Police Office, the canine, Spartacus, a Belgian Malinois, was found dead inside the patrol car around 9 p.m. Monday at the officer's home here in Pickens County. The apparent cause of death was heat stroke from being left in the car too long.

The handler whose name has not been released was known as a dedicate animal handler. His first K9 partner lived in retirement at his family home.

From art to sports, summer camps in full swing


    This week nearly 40 kids are flexing their creative muscles at art camp at VanGoghs Hideaway in Jasper. VanGoghs owner Kathe Hall, top left, is using the theme of recycled materials for projects children will create through the week. Here, art campers sift through aluminum cans, bottle tops and old keys that will become their very own works of art. VanGoghs is one of the many places in Pickens that children can participate in summer camps this year. Be sure to look through our print edition for ads and articles about other ongoing camps.

“Titanic violin” on display in Pigeon Forge

Famous violin survived historic RMS Titanic sinking and belonged to storied  Titanic bandmaster, Wallace Hartley 

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – For the first and only time in the United States, the iconic violin, depicted in Titanic-themed movies and actually used by Wallace Hartley on board Titanic, will be on display at the Titanic Museum Attractions in Pigeon Forge, TN, and Branson, MO,  announces Titanic Museum Attractions’ owner, John Joslyn.

This storied artifact wase unveiled to the American public  at Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge earlier this year.  It will remain there until Saturday, July 27 before it travels to the Titanic Museum Attraction’s sister-location in Branson.  It will be on display in Branson, Thursday, Aug. 1 through Thursday, Aug. 15 prior to it traveling back to England where it will be auctioned off by Henry Aldridge and Son on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Widely regarded as the world’s leading experts in the sale of RMS Titanic memorabilia, Henry Aldridge and Son have unparalleled experience in auctioning the rarest memorabilia ever to be offered and describe the Hartley Violin as “the Holy Grail.”