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Finding ‘Awesome’: Pickens adventurer rappels Amicalola Falls



By William Young

    Feeding rope through my rappel rack, I back closer to the edge. I glance over my shoulder at rushing water as it begins its 729 foot cascade to a pool far below.
    Amicalola Falls, one of north Georgia’s most beautiful spots, is besieged by a multitude of visitors. Only a small percentage of those are thoughtless enough to leave trash behind. But it mounts up. Some of that trash enters the stream, ending up on the falls or below. Some of the trash is found near the trail or the stairs.

Large crowd offers opinions on Jasper

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Dan Pool / Photo
    Jasper business owners and residents ponder plans presented to improve the town’s transportation and its effects on downtown commerce at a public forum last Thursday in the county admin building.

    One planning consultant commended Jasper with a “good job” for the tremendous turnout to offer input into the town’s roads, signs and appearance at a meeting Thursday at the county administration building.
    The room was indeed packed with more than 70 business owners, local officials, chamber leaders and residents providing their two-cents-worths on a number of topics concerning Jasper through the Downtown Transportation

Jasper Middle School assistant principal promoted

   Anita Walker

     Anita Walker and family.

     Press Release from the Pickens County School System

     Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District is pleased to announce the promotion of Anita Walker to Principal of Jasper Middle School. Ms. Walker served as Assistant Principal at JMS since 2015.
    Ms. Walker is a native of Pickens County. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from North Georgia College and a Master’s Degree from Piedmont College. Prior to serving as Assistant Principal of JMS, she held a variety of

Arsonist who killed five people loses appeal




            A man who has been convicted twice in DeKalb County of murdering his wife will get a third trial under a decision today by the Supreme Court of Georgia.


            In this high-profile case, the high court has again reversed the conviction of Dennis Allaben for the 2010 strangling death of his wife, Maureen Allaben. In a unanimous opinion, written by

Father of teen killed in 2000 crash wants justice


This is the last photo taken of Dustin Inman, who died in a car crash at the age of 16, two days before Father’s Day.

    This Friday marks the 16th anniversary of the day that changed Billy Inman’s life forever.  On that day – just two days before Father’s Day - Inman, his son Dustin, his wife Kathy and their dog were sitting at a traffic light in Gilmer County when Gonzalez Gonzalo Harrell hit them going over 60 m.p.h. Inman’s son and dog died on the scene. He and his wife were hospitalized, and even though they survived Kathy has struggled with lifelong medical issues and is unable to work.