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From art to sports, summer camps in full swing

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    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.

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.

SLIDESHOW: From the grotto to the pit

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William Young, the 70-plus year old Pickens resident and thrill seeker, has just returned from a trip to Cagle's Chasm in Tennessee. Cagle's Chasm is an-180-foot cave Young rappelled down and back up again. Check out the slideshow, then see Young's story on the Sport's page in this week's print or online edition.

 

“Titanic violin” on display in Pigeon Forge

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

14U Black Jasper Panthers finish season undefeated

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     The 14U Jasper Panthers finished their season undefeated this year. They took 1st place in the regular season and first place in the post-season tournament!  We are very proud of these young men. Several of them have played together since they were 6 and 7 years old. Great job guys!
    Front (l-r): Lucas Headrick, Andrew Hasbrouck, Ryan Wofford, Tatum Chadwick, Justin Brannen; back: William Young, Coach Charlie Holbert, Josh Holbert, Dalton Sipsy, Coach Mike Dickerson, Caleb Brooks, Dalton Presley, Coach Chad Presley, Jamie Bostick and Coach Stephen Bostick.