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easteregghunt2Easter events plentiful – There is no shortage of egg hunts, special church services and other Easter related activities going on this week. Check out the print or e-edition for ads and articles that will point your bunny ears in the right direction.


Find out who made the grade – A complete list of all honors and principal’s list recipients is printed in on Page 5B of this week’s edition.


Sniper rifle in Nelson? – The City of Nelson recently purchased a sniper rifle to use during hostage situations. Full story page 1A.

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Ball season in full swing after Opening Day




     Saturday marked the first day of baseball/softball/t-ball season for the Pickens County Recreation Department. Hundreds of spectators watched the opening day ceremony, which included a first pitch by longtime Rec. Dept. supporter and cancer survivor Jamie Fleming and the annual parade of 37 teams from 11 divisions. The event was held at Roper Park. Approximately 390 children signed up this year. Games began Monday night and will continue through late May. Several games are scheduled for Thursday night, so put on your ball cap and head to the park in support of Pickens County youth sports. See page 18B for photos of last Saturday’s event. For more Opening Day photos check out the print edition or follow this link to sign up for the e-edition. 

BRAG to bring 1,200 cyclists to Jasper

Chamber working to organize events



The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) will come through Pickens County on June 4-5 with 1,200 riders, many with families, spending the Monday night here.

This is the 33rd Annual BRAG. This year riders will start in Fort Oglethorpe and travel to Dalton on Sunday. On Monday, June 4, they will ride 50 miles from Dalton to Jasper. On Tuesday they will continue from here another 50 miles to Roswell. BRAG ends this year on June 9 in Tiger, Ga.

Jasper residents to vote on Sunday alcohol sales in July




Jacobs honored by city – Pickens High Basketball Coach Kevin Jacobs was honored at Monday night’s city council meeting for achieving his 300th career-win. Jacobs was recognized for taking his PHS team to the state tournaments for the past two years. He began coaching 19 years ago at West Rome High School and has lead teams to state tournaments 10 times. While at Jefferson High School his team won the state class A championship. During his coaching career Jacobs has been named Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tip Off Club.
Jacobs holds 71 of his 300 wins with PHS.


     In a 4-1 vote with Councilman John Foust casting the sole dissenting vote, Jasper’s city council gave the go-ahead to allow residents to vote in the July referendum on whether they will allow Sunday alcohol package sales.

     After being approached by private citizens regarding the matter, Mayor John Weaver last month put the question to the council. The referendum will be placed on the July 31st ballot and could allow package sales on Sundays by retailers for malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits.

Governor's website lists 2012 bills signed into law

dealimmigrationGov. Nathan Deal now is going through the bill review process. Because of the high volume of bills under consideration, please reference the governor’s website for a complete list of signed legislation. There will not be a press release for every bill that has either been signed or vetoed.

“This is a great resource for all to stay informed on which bills Gov. Deal has signed,” said Brian Robinson, Deal’s communications director. “Our office will update this site frequently, keeping all Georgians up to date. The Governor’s Office will withhold comment on all legislation – except for bills that were part of his legislative agenda – until they are signed or vetoed.”

Find the list of signed bills here.