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Honoring Our Veterans by Congressman Doug Collins



By Congressman Doug Collins

This week, we recognized Veterans’ Day.  Veterans’ Day is an opportunity to express gratitude to real-life heroes like U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Sean Adams of Gainesville, who lost his legs, left thumb, and a finger in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.


 I could list thousands of Georgia veterans, each with his or her unique story of service and courage. Each deserves our thanks every day of the year.


 In the U.S. Air Force Reserve, I had the privilege of coming along side our nation’s finest during their times of need at Balad Air Base in Iraq. As a chaplain, I ministered to those who bore the wounds of battle. Every day, I was inspired by the courage and determination of soldiers who, despite pain and suffering, could not wait to return to the field in the service of their country. 



My time in Iraq also opened my eyes to the stress our men and women in uniform experience during and after deployment. Away from loved ones for an extended period of time, under constant threat of attack, I saw men and women facing some of the most difficult days of their life. These strenuous conditions make reintegration into civilian life deeply challenging for many members of our military.


Price at the pump drops slightly



Georgia, November 11- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.20/g, according to gasoline price

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 4.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 6.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 17.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 26.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

"Gas prices across many communities are now the lowest since they've been since the Libryan crisis in February of 2011. Nearly 15% of all stations in the U.S. are now selling gasoline under the psychologically important $3/gal level," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Last year on this date saw just 1% of stations selling under that level, so motorists aren't doing too shabby. States that saw the largest declines last week were Montana, Ohio, and Indiana, all where prices declined at least 15 cents per gallon. Several stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which features the cheapest gas in the U.S. are selling at a mere $2.45/gallon, a number so low that had you said that just six weeks ago, motorists would have been shaking their heads in disbelief. Prices nationally could drop to as little as $3.05 a gallon by Christmas," DeHaan said.

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Community Resource Center Open House Nov. 12


By Jackie Childers, Coordinator

Pickens County Family Connection

The Pickens County Community Resource Center will host an open house with dedication of the Center in memory of Cheryl Blankinship at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov.12. The Community Resource Center is located directly behind CARES on CARES Drive in Jasper. The public is invited to attend this chamber-sponsored event. 

The Pickens County Community Resource Center has been opened through the collaborative efforts of MUST Ministries, Inc. (MUST), Pickens County Family Connection, Thrift Store and CARES. The Center offers services rendered through the MUST Ministries, Inc. Employment Services Program. The intent of this program is to provide the tools for job readiness training, resume and interviewing skills with the goal of these individuals becoming employed, self-sustaining community members. GED courses will also be held at the Center. 

The Community Resource Center is currently staffed by several trained volunteers and is open Mondays 1-3, Wednesdays 10-2, Fridays 8:30-noon.



Pickens Veterans Day parade and ceremony information





By Leslie C. Miller

Jasper Lions Club


The Jasper Lions Club is proud to host the annual Veterans Day Parade which will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m.  The parade will include the local veterans’ groups, the local Boy Scouts, the Pickens High School Band and much more.

Since the ceremony has now been moved to Lee Newton Park, the parade route is as follows: line-up will begin at 9 on Spring Street, that runs behind Jasper United Methodist Church. The parade will go north on Main Street, then turn left onto Stegall Drive and continue past Jasper Elementary School, ending in the park for the ceremony. 

Everyone is invited to participate in the parade, especially if you’re a veteran.  Please contact Lion Leslie Miller for more information: 770-894-7886 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Veterans Day Program in Lee Newton Park

10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. --Patriotic Music             

Pickens High School Marching Band Director, Michael Oubre


Master of Ceremony        Lt. Colonel Arlen Wrens

11:00 a.m. --    Raising of the Flag Boy Scout Troup 288

Leader—Charles Bufford           


“National Anthem  “12 Tone” Ladies Ensemble - Director, Leah Van Doran


Invocation --  Pastor Chip Wilson, Jasper United Methodist Church 


Speaker -- Dennis Shortal, Brigadier General       


Reading of Names on Monument -  Tom Lindsey


Drum Roll by PHS Band


Bell Toll by Lion Mark Miller


Place Wreaths at Monument - Boy Scout Troop 288 & DAV Chapter 47 


21 Gun Salute -  DAV Honor Guard Chapter 47


Taps - Lion Leslie Miller


Note:  Program will be broadcast live on Radio Station WYYZ 1490

Crosses provided by Jasper Lions Club




15 wild boars trapped in Big Canoe; more still roaming





Last Wednesday Cain’s Wildlife Removal, hauled the 11th wild boar out of Big Canoe after they were contracted by the community’s property owner association to begin trapping in October. See video of them preparing the pig for transport.

Then earlier this week they caught four more of the feral pigs including one reddish colored pig. It is thought the capture of four removes one complete group of pigs from the gated community, but at least one more group and possibly two are still rooting in the upscale mountain community.

Mike Cain of Cain’s Wildlife Removal thought there were up to 30 wild pigs there to start with, divided into at least two sounders (technical name for a group of pigs).


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