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Promsters have safe weekend

See our print or online editions for two pages of color photos from this year's prom.




A lot of fun, no problems at Pickens prom. Sheriff says students keep things low-key as they have come to expect heavy police presence on roads during prom weekend. Photos courtesy Pickens Draca Yearbook

This year’s prom was without incident or arrest even with the nasty weather for students on the roads – continuing a streak of several years of safe high school festivities.
    Sheriff Donnie Craig, whose office is over the campus resource officers, said he was not aware of any wrecks or arrests involving high school students.


Jasper Farmers’ Market carries on - rain or shine

Customer support crucial to family farmers



    Talking to Jody Waldroup is always interesting; information and opinions about organic farming, sustainability, raising chickens or the meaning of life and his vegetables are fresh and delicious.

By Darla Huffman
Jasper Farmers’ Market
    Jody and Ashley Waldroup are modern day farmers. There was a time when small family farms were the backbone of America and could support a family. But now corporate farms operating on a big scale have eliminated that competition while increasing the food supply but not necessarily improving it.  In fact, many people believe that this has damaged and endangered our food supply and is the cause of many of the health problems that are prevalent in this county.


Craig sets new pole vault record at state



Tyler Craig took the AAAA State Championship in the Pole Vault as well as the new AAAA State Record, at the height of 15’7” he cleared last Thursday in Jefferson. Craig will be vaulting next year for the Bulldogs of Gardner Webb University where he has earned a Track & Field Scholarship.


    Dragons Tyler Craig and Drew Bellows are graduating seniors, and both put nice finishing touches on their high school Track & Field careers with outstanding performances at the 2013 Georgia Olympics in Jefferson last week. Craig had the best performance of any high school pole vaulter from any classification in the state of Georgia going into the meet with his vault of 16’5” that set the new 4A Sectional West, Carrollton Track not to mention



Obstacles sought for 2013 Sheriff's JeepFest



     Above a jeep crosses obstacles set up for the 2012 Sheriff's Jeepfest. Organizers are seeking materials to use for this year's course.

     Organizers for the second annual Pickens Sheriff's JeepFest, September 6th-8th, are looking for raw materials to build obstacles for the four-wheeled participants to crawl over.