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Body found in lake search




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UPDATED -- The body of a 27-year-old Twin Mountain Lakes resident was discovered by the Forsyth Dive team Tuesday morning. More details are availiable in this week's print or online edition. 


DNR officers search at Twin Mountain Lakes Tuesday morning for a possible drowining victim. A 27-year-old male, whose name is not being released, was reported missing after last being seen near the lake last night.

However, it is not certain the person drowned, but the lake search is considered a top priority, according to sheriff officers on the scene.

A dive team is also expected this morning.

Stand-up comedy coming to Sharptop next weekend


Submitted by Sharptop Arts Association

    From the irreverence of George Carlin to the wholesomeness of Johnny Carson to the physical comedy of Gallagher, stand-up comedy comes in all styles.
    This month Sharptop Arts Association is honoring stand-up as the true art form it is with our first ever Comedy Night, when you can join us for an evening of gut-laughs with comedians Steve Arnold, Bay Cagle, Tim Arrington, “Kirk,” and Steve Moore.
    “I know for myself the thought of doing stand-up is almost unimaginable,” said SAA president Angela Reinhardt. “I have the utmost respect for comedians. Public speaking is one of the biggest fears people have, but in the world of stand-up comedy you not only have to get up in front of a crowd and talk you have to make the audience respond immediately with laughter and not just a voluntary applause at the end of the performance. If you don’t, it’s not considered a good performance. Stand-up is such a raw, audacious art and I’m so happy to have it at Sharptop.”  
    Comedy Night will be on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. and is being held in conjunction with the Humor Me contest gallery show in which Sharptop invited local artists to create a piece of art from any medium with the theme “humor.”
    The Humor Me show, sponsored by Miller & Associates Attorneys at Law, P.C., will be on display through Saturday, Sept. 21.
    Without being vulgar or crass, Comedy Night is geared for an adult audience. Some material may not be suitable for children.
    Tickets are $10 each and include one drink ticket. You can purchase tickets during our regular business hours at the art center at 68 D.B. Carroll Street, Jasper, Ga. We are open Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also contact SAA’s Executive Director Jeanette Bottari at 770-893-8438.
    Sharptop Art Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profit with the mission of promoting arts and culture in Pickens County. We are guided by an all-volunteer board of directors. We welcome any input from the community and would love for you to become a member to help us grow in a positive direction in the coming years.
    Visit us online at and follow us on Facebook.

Dept of Health warns of potentially deadly ‘herbal incense’

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Submitted by Jennifer King
Public Information Officer and Risk Communicator
    The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has become aware of a dangerous, potentially lethal substance surfacing in convenience stores and smoke shops. DPH has issued an emergency communication to about 40,000 licensed physicians and physician’s assistants in Georgia. When ingested

Dragons’ football season kicks off Friday night


    After complete domination of Fannin in a scrimmage game two weeks ago, the Pickens High School Dragons are ready to kick off the 2013 football season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dragon Stadium (PHS).

Be sure to show up early to see who will be inductedinto the PHS Hall of Fame.

Courthouse parking impacting some Main Street businesses

City looks at enforcing two-hour parking limit

ANYBODY THERE? The new parking lot behind the Pickens County Courthouse sits empty mid-afternoon on a Friday.

The lot is open but has yet to see much use.

    Have you been having trouble finding a parking spot on Main Street, particularly on North Main Street around the newly renovated courthouse?
    According to some North Main Street business owners, parking has become a problem since the courthouse reopened and in some cases the lack of spaces has negatively impacted the bottom line.