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Postponed -- Lions to host Adult Spelling Bee


Event Postponed until Fall. Look for details later in the year.SpellingBeeApp

This event has been postponed until the Fall of this year.


Submitted by Leslie Miller
Lions Club

    Brush up on your spelling skills and come join the fun at the Jasper Lions Club’s Adult Spelling Bee. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m. at the Jasper Elementary School Gym. The cost to enter is $100 for

Youth art and spring show at Sharptop Arts




 A shot from the Sharptop Arts Association middle school reception. The high school reception will be held this Saturday, April 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Spring is here! A time for birds to sing and flowers to bloom and that’s not all. There seems to be a lot of things blooming at the Sharptop Arts Center.  We just thought we would give you an update on what’s happening.

Blanton sentenced in Ball Ground killing

    Emotions ran high in a Cherokee County Superior Court last week when the Ball Ground woman originally charged for killing her stepfather, then leaving the body to decompose before calling police, was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
    Andrea Blanton, 46, was arrested after the Cherokee Sheriff's office was dispatched in May of 2013 to perform a welfare check on her stepfather, James Minor Reece, 77.  Authorities found Reece dead and in an advanced state of decomposition at the home on Northridge Road in Ball Ground, later learning that Blanton lived with Reece and served as his primary caregiver.
    Reece’s body was sent to the GBI crime lab where evidence of strangulation was discovered.

     See this week's print or online editions for the rest of this story.

Two school principals announce coming departures

PHS' McDonald announces coming retirement;

JMS' Howell announces resignation at end of school year

Today PHS Principal Eddie McDonald announced to his staff by e-mail that he will be retiring at the end of the school year.  The school board also received a resignation letter from Jasper Middle School Principal Neil Howell today. The board will act on the two letters at their next board meeting in April.

            School Board Chair Wendy Lowe said the two are not related. She said it was just an odd coincidence that both came on the same day. She said McDonald had let them know earlier he had been considering retirement, though she said they had hoped he would remain at least another year.

            She said she had been caught by surprise by Howell’s resignation, which will be effective at the end of the school year.


Cast your vote: Boys & Girls Club closer to winning $30,000



     Voters have until this Sunday to vote online for Jan Day, director of the Boys and Girls Club of North Georgia – Gilmer County, in the Health Mart Champions of Care Challenge. Day has advanced to the final round and if she wins has designated The Boys and Girls Club of North Georgia to receive the grant money. A vote for Jan could mean important work gets done for kids in our community here in Pickens.