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Holiday Classic at PHS



The Holiday Classic, a three-day high shool basketball matchup featuring 26 teams is underway, hosted by Pickens High School.

Both the PHS teams won their Thursday night games and will be in action again today and tomorrow. The games run all afternoon at both gyms on the PHS campus with the Nettes playing at 6 p.m. both tonight and Saturday night.

Boys matchups also run all afternoon today and Saturday with the Dragons playing at 7:30 p.m. each night.


Above, Chris Leicht goes up for the Dragons in Thursday night Holiday Classic action.

VanGoghs hosting snowman contest




    Audrey Webb and Kathe Hall with a sample snowman.

     Now that winter has officially arrived, VanGoghs owner Kathe Hall plans to brighten the short, dark days with a town filled with snowmen, regardless of whether we actually get any snow.
    Hall came up with the idea to sponsor a snowman contest as a way to bring people and some cheer into downtown during bleak winter days.


Christmas winds howled, but no serious damage reported here


            Pickens county personnel manned the emergency operation center (EOC) Christmas night, but no calls other than downed trees and power outages were reported.

            County Fire Chief Bob Howard was on hand in the EOC starting late in evening on Christmas ahead of reports of damaging storms in Alabama. “We kept it open as a precaution, but the only reports were downed trees, mainly in Bent Tree, and power outages," he said

            Howard said almost all power should have been restored in the county by 9 a.m. Wednesday.


A statement issued from Amicalola EMC stated, "Winds swept through our service area last night leaving downed trees and broken poles. After a peak of approx 3200 members out of power, currently there are approx 2000, primarily in Gilmer County. Crews have worked through the night and will continue until all power has been restored. Visit to view current outages. Report all outages to the following numbers only: 706-253-0359, 706-276-0359, or 706-864-0359. Please stay away from all downed power lines and always assume they are still energized." 


Bring your Christmas tree for the Chipper




Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to remind you to bring your undecorated live Christmas tree to the “Bring One for the Chipper” event to be held on Saturday, Jan. 5. Drop off you tree at the Chamber’s Park’ n Ride parking lot on Stegall Street in Jasper. The recycled trees can be recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects and individual homes. Since the program started in 1991, over 5 million Christmas trees have been recycled and diverted from landfills.

For more information on the Chipper program, call the KPB office on Monday or Wednesday’s from 9-2 at 706-253-3600.



Tips on avoiding the ER during the holiday season



Atlanta, Ga. (December 21, 2012) – The holiday period, including the New Year's Eve period, is the busiest time for hospital emergency rooms. Last year at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, thousands of patients sought treatment at the ER during the holiday season.


Here’s how to avoid the emergency room this holiday season:


1.     Know when a trip to the ER is really necessary. Many health issues that arise during the holidays are not medical emergencies. Those that should be treated immediately include chest pain, stroke symptoms (numbness on one side of the body, face, arm or leg; trouble walking, speaking and seeing in one or both eyes), excessive, uncontrolled bleeding and difficulty breathing. Severe stomach pain that is accompanied by other symptoms such as coughing up or vomiting blood, dizziness or fainting and vision changes should also be treated immediately in the ER.