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Phony veteran’s group targets businesses

Legitimate organization says scam could hurt fundraising efforts


    When Bojangles owner Kristal Beaver first spoke with a representative of a veteran’s group last Wednesday, March 13, she agreed to make a donation to their cause.
    But Beaver’s support quickly turned to suspicion as more and more red flags went up during the course of the conversation and donation process.

Youth Arts Show runs through April


    Sharptop Arts Association Executive Director Jeanette Bottari, and board members Audrey Webb and Nancy VanSant set up for the elementary youth show, which ran through last Sunday, May 17. The Youth Art Shows, sponsored by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, will continue through April 28.

Submitted by Sharptop Arts Association

    Sharptop Arts Association is excited to once again be hosting the Youth Art Show for students in Pickens County, and we would like to invite the public to come out and see firsthand the beautiful art our children can create.


Sunday alcohol sales pass in county


The 5.84 percent of the voters in Pickens County who cast a ballot said yes to countywide sales of alcohol by the package by more than a two-to-one margin Tuesday and in early voting.

The totals for the alcohol sales were 692 yes to 328 against. See complete story later at this site.


Read previous coverage for more details on alcohol sales.

Middle schools to merge football programs


By Bettina Huseby
Progress Contributor

    Pickens High School head football coach Chris Parker addressed the March 14 board of education meeting about plans to combine both middle school football teams into one.
    “What we’re trying to do at the middle school level is much like what Dawson County recently did,” Parker said. “It’s an opportunity to streamline players into one group which will move together from the JYSA to middle school and then to high school. It will really build the program.”

Record low turnout possible for alcohol vote today



A possible record low turnout for Pickens County is expected when voters go to the polls today to decide whether Pickens stores (outside the city limits of Jasper) may sell alcohol by the package on Sundays.

With early turnout barely squeaking past one percent of registered voters, it is thought that interest on Tuesday will be similarly scarce.


Voters should remember that on election day, they must vote at their district polling spot, not the central election office on Pioneer Road used for early voting.


Original Story --As of Friday morning, the last day of early voting, slightly over 1 percent of the registered voters had bothered to cast a ballot on the Sunday sale of alcohol by the package. The elections office reported about 10 a.m. this morning that only 1 person had voted today moving the total number of early votes to 236.


Elections Superintendent Julie Roberts said in an earlier story that she is expecting an extremely low turnout at the polls next Tuesday. 

If voters pass the referendum, the only question to appear on the March 19 ballot, 10 retailers including one supermarket in the Yellow Creek area will be allowed to sell by the package on Sundays. Retailers inside the city limits of Jasper have been able to sell on Sunday since voters there passed the measure in July last year. 

The surrounding jurisdictions of Dawsonville, Dawson County, Forsyth County, Cumming, Cherokee County, Ball Ground, Canton, Lumpkin County and the City of Jasper have all legalized Sunday package sales. 

Regular polling places will be open throughout the county next Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.