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Blake Wilson achieves Eagle Scout rank



Cindy Wilson, Blake’s mom, pins on the Eagle Scout medal near the conclusion of ceremonies installing him as an Eagle Scout. The high honor is the ultimate achievement within the Boy Scouting program, joining young Wilson to the small fraternity who have achieved it.

  Blake Wilson has achieved Eagle Scout's rank after years of disciplined hard work and dedicated achievement. A ceremony to mark Wilson's accomplishment, a Boy Scout's ultimate promotion, took place at Jasper's Appalachian campus of Chattahoochee Technical College Saturday afternoon, June 16.
      Eagle Scout Wilson is a member of Hill City Boy Scout Troop 288, a troop co-founded by Hill City Elementary School Principal Carlton Wilson and Scoutmaster Charles Bufford nine years ago. Carlton Wilson is Blake's father.


Jones, Weaver go head to head at forum





At last night's commissioner debate, held at the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, commission chair candidates Rob Jones and Wesley Weaver went head to head about key issues in the county. In next week's full story on the debate we will do fact checking on some of the accusations made, and cover other comments from District 1 and District 2 candidates.


Play tennis, support Cystic Fibrosis research

Family of PHS student with CF to hold charity event Friday


Above, PHS student Kyle Watters with Big Canoe tennis pro Bruce Monhollen. Watters, 15, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis as an infant. Monhollen and Big Canoe are allowing the Watters family to use the gated community’s tennis courts this Friday, June 22 for a Juniors Tennis Charity Event Tournament. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Matches begin at 9 a.m. Junior tennis players are invited to play both singles and doubles.

See entrance form here.

     Everyone has heard of it, but do you really know what cystic fibrosis is?

     Sue Watters, mother of 15-year-old Kyle, said she was clueless when her son was diagnosed with the genetic condition just weeks after he was born.

Tai Chi comes to North Georgia



Instructor Mike McElwee doing Tai Chi with students at Lee Newton Park. Tai Chi and Qigong are said to have many health benefits.

     Fred Crimi was diagnosed with cancer before he began practicing Tai Chi or Qigong.

     Now Crimi, like many students of the ancient Chinese practices, says that without including the eastern modalities into his treatment regimen his healing would not have progressed as satisfactorily.

     Crimi had a metastatic tumor on his left frontal lobe, he suffered from aphasia, underwent full brain radiation, and later was diagnosed with lung cancer, but Crimi is now cancer free and feeling positive about his future.

Man arrested for child molestation at Jasper Park

 A 49-year-old man has been arrested and charged with sexually molesting a 13-year-old at the edge of the woods of the Jasper City Park Thursday, June 14.

The incident happened as the teen and another friend were “hanging out” with a group that included other teens and adults in the park about 5 p.m., said Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell.           

George M. McTaggart, 49, of Jasper is charged with one count of molestation and one count of enticing a minor. McTaggart was homeless at the time of the incident, but has lived in the Jasper area for years, according to police officers. Jasper Police Detective Matt Dawkins said McTaggart was a regular visitor to the park and had a police record, but nothing related to sex crimes or crimes against children.