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Jasper Farmers’ Market carries on - rain or shine

Customer support crucial to family farmers



    Talking to Jody Waldroup is always interesting; information and opinions about organic farming, sustainability, raising chickens or the meaning of life and his vegetables are fresh and delicious.

By Darla Huffman
Jasper Farmers’ Market
    Jody and Ashley Waldroup are modern day farmers. There was a time when small family farms were the backbone of America and could support a family. But now corporate farms operating on a big scale have eliminated that competition while increasing the food supply but not necessarily improving it.  In fact, many people believe that this has damaged and endangered our food supply and is the cause of many of the health problems that are prevalent in this county.


Obstacles sought for 2013 Sheriff's JeepFest



     Above a jeep crosses obstacles set up for the 2012 Sheriff's Jeepfest. Organizers are seeking materials to use for this year's course.

     Organizers for the second annual Pickens Sheriff's JeepFest, September 6th-8th, are looking for raw materials to build obstacles for the four-wheeled participants to crawl over.



Planting by the signs and other age-old knowledge

ruth poole greenhouse


"She is kind but doesn't suffer fools," says Jane Waller (r) friend of Grandview Road gardener Ruth Poole (l). Visit Poole and other vendors at the Jasper Farmer's Market every Saturday through October from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Lee Newton Park.

    On a sunny morning last week, Jane Waller’s greenhouse off of Cove Road was a humid hub of activity and conversation.   
    Waller and Ruth Poole, a native Pickens resident and a treasure trove of old timey gardening knowhow, were seated among dozens of flats of starter seedlings labeled “tomato,” “squash,” and “okra,” batting dialogue back and forth between themselves and two others.
      Waller’s relationship with Poole began 20 years ago, and in that time has blossomed into what could easily be called a mutual admiration society, with Waller looking to Poole as a mentor and Poole seeing Waller as a dear friend and companion. 


Gov. Deal enacts ethics reform

From Governor's Press Office


Today at the state Capitol, Gov. Nathan Deal signed two pieces of ethics legislation that will bolster Georgians’ confidence in their state government. The first bill, House Bill  142, restores rulemaking powers to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, more clearly defines the role of a lobbyist, and sets the first cap on legislative lobbying spending. The second, House Bill 143, the companion to HB 142, requires more transparency in regard to campaign fund-raising and spending during certain local races, and it ensures that the public knows about any campaign donations given to members of the General Assembly leading up to the start of the legislative session.  


“I have enacted these bills to strengthen ethics laws in our state because the public demanded it and good government longed for it,” said Deal. “Our success as leaders of Georgia depends heavily on the public’s ability to trust us. Georgians are correct to insist that the voices of the people echo louder under the Gold Dome than the narrow views of special interests. Together, these bills constitute a major step in improving ethics, trust and transparency in our state.”

Ball Ground man in mobility contest (vote online)


Former Pickens County schools student and graduate, Roger Green, has entered a contest for National Mobility Month.  It is for "local  heroes"  who, despite their disability, have continued to move forward and do great things with their lives.  

Anyone that knows Roger is aware of just how positive and remarkable he is.  Rather than letting obstacles that he encounters due to his disability stop him, he just finds another way around them and moves forward.  He is inspiring to everyone around him!!  Please click on the link below and vote for Roger to win a new custom wheelchair accessible van from R&R mobility.  Voting is now until May 10th.