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Schools gear up for the first day

Harmony sees largest new enrollment
For information about the upcoming school year click here to see this week’s special school insert, which includes profiles of each school and other important information for parents. 

    At their July meeting, the Pickens County school board seemed pleased about student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year, with 93 new students signed up during countywide registration.  
    Harmony Elementary saw the highest new student enrollment at 26; followed by 13 at Hill City Elementary; then 12 at both Jasper Elementary and Pickens High; eight for the pre-k program; nine at Tate Elementary; seven at Pickens County Middle; and six at Jasper Middle. 

Wild police chase across Bartow, Cherokee counties

GBI press release

   Cherokee County, Georgia  On Saturday, July 16, 2016, at approximately 9:00 PM, the GBI was requested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting incident that occurred at Highway 92 and Dixie Drive after a multi-jurisdictional vehicle pursuit involving a stolen Bartow County Sheriff’s patrol car ended in Cherokee County.

    Preliminary information indicates that a Bartow County Sheriff’s Deputy had responded to a suspicious person entering autos call in the area of Arrington Road in Acworth, Bartow County. The deputy located the suspicious person who was subsequently identified as Lorenzo Leon Taylor, age 32, of Mississippi.  The deputy was in the process of a field interview with Taylor when he was approached by a witness who had additional information about the suspicious person call.  As the deputy was speaking with the witness, Taylor entered the deputy’s patrol car and fled.  The witness appears to be a valid witness and has no connection to Taylor.

Canning plant needs preservation

Get the lowdown on putting up your produce
canning-plant-buildingThe Pickens County Canning Plant: This non-descript building behind Jasper Middle School has served thousands of customers since it was built in 1967. 

    The Pickens County Canning Plant ledger from 1965 - now a yellow-paged antique with entries written in a dying cursive hand – shows one customer who processed 188 cans of green beans in a single visit. Total cost: $16.92.
    Joe Wright, the current high school agriculture teacher who runs the facility during summer months, crunched the numbers. 

100-year-old Herbert Brimer says “stay cool, you’ll live longer”


    Albert Hamrick, of the Palace Barber Shop, gives Herbert Brimer a haircut on his 100th birthday.

    Herbert Brimer of Bent Tree crossed the century mark last Wednesday by getting a haircut at the Palace Barber Shop, Mark Whitfield Street, and then having lunch with children and grandchildren.
    While barber Albert Hamrick worked on his hair, Brimer took a few questions on the wisdom he has picked up in his 100 years.

Beaver opens 4th Bojangles restaurant Friday

"I’m thinking about biscuits all the time. Every day except Easter and Christmas I think about biscuits," said franchise owner


     Beaver is set to open her fourth Bojangles restaurant this Friday in Towne Lake. Beavers is pictured with her family and management team at her flagship Jasper location. From left - Trent Holden, sister-in-law and training manager; Kasea Mashburn, sister; Roger Stroupe, district manager; Kristal Beaver; Peige Payne, field marketing manager; and Dusty Mashburn, brother and training manager.

    “It’s a miracle story and I just want Him to get all the glory,” said Kristal Beaver, owner of the Jasper Bojangles and who this Friday will open her fourth restaurant, this one in Towne Lake. Beavers, who credits all of her success to God, has additional locations in Riverstone and Hickory Flat.