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Pet of the Week for July 18








A donation to Pickens Animal Rescue or Animal Shelter of Pickens County in someone’s name would make a wonderful birthday, anniversary, or special occasion present. All donations go to help the pets.  Donations are accepted every day at the Shelter and the PAR Rescued Furniture Store.


Bring your pets to The Animal Shelter of Pickens County to be micro-chipped for only $25 and to get Distemper shots for $15. 


If you are looking for a loyal and fun companion, a buddy for one of your pets, someone to talk to, take rides with, or hold in your lap, please consider one of the following pets who need a forever home to fill with laughter and love:




Volunteer days are every Saturday. Please come out to walk the dogs, talk to the cats and have fun with all the animals.


The Adoption Fees are $70.00 for dogs and $60.00 for cats.  The adoption fee includes shots, micro chipping, spay and neutering.  Find out more about adopting pets at The Shelter at or:


3563 Camp Road


Jasper, GA 30148








Hi, I am Allgood.  You can probably guess how I got my name.  That’s right, I am all good things.  I am a two-year old male Beagle mix dog with brown and black hair. I am loyal, sweet, and shy and I would make a perfect loving companion.  We could go for rides together and be best friends.  I get along well with other dogs and I love people.  I weigh about 23 pounds, just right for going for car rides and cuddling in your lap.  Please come visit me and my friends at The Shelter.  We are all looking for forever homes.  Visiting hours are 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturday. No appointment is required.  If you can, please donate cleaning materials, pet food, and pet supplies to the Shelter.










Find out more about pets available at PAR for adoption at  or at 706-692-2772.  The adoption fee is $100 for dogs and $75 for cats and includes, micro-chipping, spay/neutering and all shots. 






Hello, I am Cedric. I am a five-year old male Corgi mix dog and I got lost in Gilmer County.  Several years ago I was at the PAR Ranch waiting for a forever home.  I got micro chipped and then adopted.  So, when I got lost the Gilmer County Shelter people knew I was a true Pickens County native and returned me to the PAR Ranch thanks to the microchip.   It is important that all pets be micro-chipped. So if you recognize me please let my owner know where I am.  If he or she doesn’t find me this week, I will be available to go to a new forever home.


 I am very beautiful, calm, and very adaptable to my owner’s needs.  I would be great for someone who isn’t real active.  You can see more pictures of me on or Please come visit me and my dog and cat friends at the PAR Ranch. And, if unbelievably you don’t choose me, there are lots more kittens and puppies here at the Ranch.   We are all looking for forever homes.     Like all the animals at the PAR Ranch, I am healthy, happy, spayed or neutered, and current on all my shots. Visiting hours are by appointment only Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00PM.   Appointments are not needed on Saturday when adoptions are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.








Tractor Supply Company coming to old Blue Star


The vacant building on E. Church Street in Jasper that will be soon be home to Tractor Supply Company.

    According to the City of Jasper’s Planning and Development Director Michael Castagna, the agricultural and livestock supply store Tractor Supply Company will move into the old Blue Star building on E. Church Street.

Tate in uproar about Post Office hours

“The post office is part of their identity,” says postmaster


    Jasper Post Master Rick Ballew fields question from upset Tate residents at a public meeting scheduled for discussion of a reduction to the office’s hours. The Tate Post Office is located at the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 108. 

    Last Wednesday, July 10, dozens of Tate residents attended a public meeting to protest a proposed reduction of hours at the Tate Post Office and were infuriated when the U.S. Post Office representative who called the meeting failed to attend.


State law will hamper groups using school facilities




     With vice chairman Byron Long saying, “we don’t have to be happy about it, but we have to do it,” the school board last week adopted a state-required policy making it tougher for groups to use school facilities.

Specifically, the board added the state legislature mandated ordinance that any group seeking to rent school facilities will have to carry a $1 million liability insurance policy. (Above, the new visitor's concession stand at PHS was also discussed at the most recent school board meeting.)

See more about the latest board meeting in our print edition or e-edition now on sale.