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Library receives first KPB recycling award

Keep Pickens Beautiful has given out their first recycling award to the Pickens County Library.  The library is a charter member of our program and has consistently high numbers of recycling every month. Between April 2010 and December 2010 the total numbers of bags of recycling (plastic bottles and aluminum cans) was over 258. The library also recycles paper, books and magazines.

In that same time period, almost 1,000 30-gallon bags of bottles and cans have been recycled by our partner businesses who participate in our program.  For a break down of the business names and numbers visit our Web page at

L-R: Debbie Robinson, Beth Baughman, Donna Harrington, Olivia Hattan-Edwards and Sharon Harp.


Education SPLOST passes

In a very low turnout, voters here approved the continuation of the one-cent sales tax to fund education with 57 percent of the ballots in favor of the SPLOST.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's election showed 811 votes in favor of the SPLOST with 609 people voting against the sales tax.

The election saw less than 10 percent of the registered voters cast a ballot. 

See updates later on this site.

Some downtown trees just plain ugly, says tree board

A scraggly tree on Main Street illustrates the concerns of tree board members well. - Photo Damon Howell


Mike Denson, member of Jasper Tree Board: “Mayor, we need to talk about the trees on Main Street.”

Mayor John Weaver: “What’s wrong with them?”

Denson: “They’re ugly. But they do look better with lights at night.”

Tree Board member Kirk Garner: “They look like Charlie Brown Christmas Trees.”

Weaver: “A few are stressed, but they aren’t that bad.”

Members of the city tree board engaged in a lengthy discussion of all things arboreal with City Hall staff Thursday, ultimately reaching a decision that some trees along Main Street should be replaced.

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Other stories in our print edition

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Jasper Police move to tasers for “kinder, gentler way” – During the monthly Jasper City Council meeting, Police Chief Greg Lovell discussed the department’s move to tasers. According to Lovell, tasers are a great tool to stop aggressive behavior in many situations.  See Page 1A.

Building purchases one way to spur economic development – Economic Developer Gerry Nechvatal told the Downtown Development Authority that seeing governments or authorities purchase, renovate and return vacant buildings to use is a great way to spur commerce. But Mayor John Weaver said he opposed the idea as it could set up a situation where government is competing with private owners, such as the ones who recently renovated the McHan building, seen here, page 9A.

Lee Cape murder recounted at historical society -- Probably the most notorious of all Pickens County murder cases, the killing of lawmen Lee Cape by a moonshiner in the 1920s, formed the featured subject at a recent meeting of the Marble Valley Historical Society. Read this recount Page 2A.



End-of-life decisions focus of Senior Center series in March


A weekly series at the Pickens County Senior Center began today and continues through March looking at end-of-life decisions.

A handout for the class states, “It is hard to talk about dying, death and bereavement. Virtually everyone wants those conversations to have happened, but no one wants to have that conversation today.” The “life planning” series at the Senior Center, located on the east side of Lee Newton Park, Stegall Street, will make that conversation easier for families.

The series opened with the video On Our Own Terms,  a Bill Moyers documentary from PBS on dying.

Margaret Ognen, facilitator for the life planning series, said the public is welcome every week at the Senior Center. Each class-style presentation in the series begins at 9 a.m. and lasts an hour-and-a-half each Wednesday. Members of the public are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch and to “enjoy lunch with other seniors in the community.”

Late notice prevented publicity about the class from being published in the Progress prior to the first series installment, but Ognen said anyone interested could view On Our Own Terms at the Pickens library. She said missing the video would not prevent attendees from benefitting from the remaining Wednesday sessions.

Ognen said the series will definitely run through the end of March and may continue into April.

Among topics to be covered are advanced directives; powers of attorney; and community services available.

Following the DVD used in the first session, guest speakers will address the group on their areas of expertise. Scheduled to appear on different weeks are a medical doctor, an eldercare lawyer and a chaplain. The series will allow plenty of time for personal stories and open discussion.

Ognen said this is a class-style format, and outside resources will be provided each week.

In addition to seniors, she thought the series would offer a lot of valuable information for caregivers of older parents.

One person who has lost both parents in recent years said she had picked up a lot of the information on her own, but it would have made everything much easier for her if family members had used these resources earlier.

Ognen said too often end-of-life planning doesn’t begin until the elder person is already in ICU at a hospital, surrounded by people they don’t know.

The public is welcome to attend the free weekly seminar.

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