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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.

“Titanic violin” on display in Pigeon Forge

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

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


     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. 

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.


Regional ministry delivering lunches to students in need


     Volunteers prepare to deliver around 100 lunches Monday to Pickens County children who are thought to be in need as part of a MUST ministries program serving Pickens County for the first time this year.


By Laiken Owens
intern reporter

    A north metro ministry with 18-year record of providing food to hungry children in the summer, began running routes delivering lunches in Pickens County this week. For the first week, they were delivering to 100 kids but this number could rise with strong community donations and volunteers.
    MUST Ministries teamed up with Community Christian Fellowship to bring students in need lunches during the summer.