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Pickens County unemployment drops over past year


By Meagan Hurley
Staff Writer
    According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Pickens County unemployment rates have dropped significantly over the past year, and have slightly decreased in the past month. 
    As of June, the Pickens County labor force was at 14,170, with 13,236 employed and 934 unemployed. But just a year ago in June 2013, the labor force was at a lower 14,106, with

Bent Tree Shutterbugs on display soon at Sharptop


Photo Finish - Lynn Paul

    Photography: The art of freezing a moment in time, while time itself moves on and the moment disappears.
    Bent Tree Shutterbugs is pleased to hold its second photography show at Jasper’s Sharptop Arts Association, August 1-28. Approximately 20 photographers will participate, bringing their favorite photographs to share with the community.

UPDATED: Mold forces Pickens DFCS office closure

           Problem highlights ongoing issues with building, say board members


The sign posted on the Pickens County DFCS office in Jasper on Monday morning.

     The Pickens County DFCS office closed Monday morning, July 28, after black mold was found inside the Chambers Street building, according to DFCS Board members.

Few got to polls in primary runoff



Signature checks still underway on independent

 Seeking to make school board ballot

     Pickens County saw one of the lowest voter turnouts in years in last week’s primary runoff where David Perdue defeated Jack Kingston both in the county and across the state to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

Local purse theft tied to statewide ring

 “Some days they don’t get anything and some days [the thieves] rack in thousands of dollars.”

Robyn-dumpster-divingThis past June Pickens resident Robin Pitkins had her purse stolen from her car in broad daylight. Authorities have found the theft to be tied to a statewide ring.
    A purse stolen from a local church parking lot earlier this summer has now been linked to a statewide theft ring with ties to Utah as well, according to Sergeant Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police Department.