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Homeless vet and wife need help


Donations requested for temporary housing



It’s been about two weeks since John Naves received a text about a disabled veteran and his wife who were struggling with serious health issues and had no place to live. 

Since that time Naves, founder and chaplain of a new charity dedicated to serving the poor and hungry in Pickens, has worked exhaustively to help the couple. Now Naves and other Love thy Neighbors volunteers are reaching out to the community for donations to help the Johnsons.

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood



The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.  

Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected. 

“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.” 


Big change sought by new council member



Jasper City Council member Dr. Sonny Proctor, right, wants to separate the positions of mayor and city manager. 

     With just one meeting under his belt, the newest Jasper City Council member has called for “better business practices” and a separation of the mayoral and city manager position, which are both currently held by John Weaver. 

     Ultimately, Mayor Weaver was appointed by a vote of four to one by council. 
     See full story including comments from Mayor Weaver in our print or online editions

The final trip... done how he’d want it

“It was our last ride together,” said widow


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    The family of Pickens resident Norman Mulkey, who passed away on  Dec. 25, 2016, asked that he be transported from the funeral home to the gravesite in his favorite pickup truck. Here, pallbearers unload the casket as survivors, including wife Becky, look on. 

It was early afternoon on a Wednesday when Norman Mulkey was laid to rest just beyond the crest of a hill at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  

The December 28th funeral procession that traveled there from Cagle Funeral Home snaked down the long drive that led  from the garden’s entrance to the gravesite, where final, teary goodbyes were said and hugs were exchanged. 

Pickens gets ready for first winter storm

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Restocking bread shelves at Jasper's Ingles.


 As weather forecast centers are now issuing Winter Storm Warnings for Pickens County, local law enforcement officials are telling people to heed warnings early - and stay off the roads if snowy and icy weather hits.

Pickens schools have already announced they will release early today.

"We are watching the weather," said Georgia State Patrol Commander Tim Nichols. "We are sending a guy to help the DOT with roads. He'll travel with the brine trucks and they'll be treating roads starting Friday on the interstates in and around Atlanta.
Nichols said Georgia DOT will be very proactive with any potentially hazardous driving conditions following Ice Jam of 2014.
"We have plenty of warning so I advise people to go ahead and get supplies and rations," he said. "Get those today or first thing in the morning. Be prepared and if it does come stay off the roads. The least number of people we can have out there on the roads the better off we'll be."
Nichols said the option is to make preparations now then stay home.
"Since I have to work I'd much rather everybody stay home and off the roads," he said.