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Dr. Suess' Lorax viewers get free seedlings

     theloraxThe Georgia Forestry Commission is giving away 60-thousand tree seedlings statewide in celebration of the health and sustainability of Georgia forests and the movie, "The Lorax." In conjunction with the release of Dr. Seuss' classic tale about ecosystem awareness, the Georgia Forestry Commission will be distributing free seedlings grown at its Flint River nursery on the film's opening day, Friday, March 2. In addition, beginning March 3, geocaching enthusiasts will be able to search for bags of tree seeds hidden in Georgia's state parks.

     "This is a great opportunity for Georgians to take pride in how healthy our state's forests are," said Robert Farris, Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. "While the Lorax has trouble on his hands, we in Georgia have abundant, working forest lands cleaning our air and water, providing jobs, wildlife habitat and products, and being sustainably managed for generations to come."

     On March 2, Georgia Forestry Commission representatives will provide complimentary tree seedlings to patrons who've seen "The Lorax" at Georgia Theatre Company theatres, Carmike Cinemas and other theatres throughout the state. A coupon to exchange for the seedlings will be given to movie-goers when their ticket is purchased at the box office or online (while supplies last). A list of participating theatres can be found at GFC’s partners in conservation and education, the Georgia Forestry Association and the Georgia Forestry Foundation, made the purchase of seedlings for this special promotion possible.

     The Georgia Forestry Commission is also collaborating with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to stock 43 state park geocaching locations with approximately 15 packs each of loblolly pine tree seeds. Geocaching is the popular recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website. A logbook is in each cache for finders to record a comment. In addition, Georgia DNR has an account for participants to sign-in and leave comments at

     For more information about these activities and services of the Georgia Forestry Commission, For more information about the Georgia Forestry Association and the Georgia Forestry Foundation, visit

Art, prize money and a good cause

Application deadline for Whimsical Event approaches 

Take one part art, one part prize money and awards, and one part great cause and you get Burnt Mountain Trading Company’s 3rd Annual Art Contest and Fundraiser to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pickens County.

Make plans now to be a part of this wonderful competition that offers prize money for the top entrants, $150 for best in show and $100 for first place in three categories. This year’s theme is Fun-Funky-Fabulous and however you interpret, envision, or construct your project is up to you. From painting, wall art, sculpture, pottery, 2-D, 3-D, yard art, fiber, or anything else, the world is your oyster. So start creating and bring your artwork to Burnt Mountain Trading Company no later than April 1st. Creations must be no larger than two feet by two feet (give or take a few inches is fine), not including stands. All artwork must be original work by you.

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Bent Tree board reaffirms deer kill decision at packed meeting


The Bent Tree Board of Directors expended little more than a quarter hour in a special called meeting that ultimately reconfirmed a previous board decision to proceed with a deer cull some time this month.

The meeting drew a standing-room-only crowd of approximately 300 residents into the lower level assembly room of the Bent Tree clubhouse. With some cooperation from the audience, the meeting came off without incident, after a charge from board president, Sheryl Crum, that all in attendance maintain civil decorum or be removed.

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citytreesCity cuts unique tree deal – The City of Jasper has recently purchased over 1,300 trees at what city officials say is a rock bottom price. The trees will be planted around Jasper and in the new Hood Road area park when after ground is broken on the project. Page 6A.

Homegrown Abe – A local man has been an active Abraham Lincoln impersonator for the last 30 years. He has recently taken off on a road trip in the Abe Mobile to teach school kids across the nation about one of the most revered founding fathers. Hear about his journey from the perspective of Mrs. Lincoln in this week’s travelogue. Page 11A.

Ga. Tech student charged – The Georgia Tech student who was involved in a double fatal accident last November off Burnt Mountain Road has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. Page 1A.

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Advanced voting “really, really low” for presidential primaries

Cast advanced ballots this Saturday

Georgia voters will see a rare chance to cast ballots this Saturday as election laws now require advanced voting locations to be open at least one Saturday when federal races are on the ballot.

The only races Pickens voters will see are the presidential primaries for both parties. Saturday is part of advanced voting for the March 6th Super Tuesday.

Pickens Election Supervisor Julianne Roberts said she isn’t anticipating much Saturday action at the county election office on Pioneer Road, across from the city park. This is the only advanced polling spot in the county. Regular precinct polls will still be used on election day.