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Hide and snake at swim meet

State-snake-2A (thankfully) harmless oak snake caused a whole lot of excitement for one Pickens family while at the state swim meet in Tifton Friday. The snake, which had to be extricated by an animal control officer, crawled under the family van and into the undercarriage.
    While in south Georgia sweltering under the heat for her daughter Amanda’s state swimming competition Friday, Melissa Bramlett found the town’s reptile population to be a little too friendly.

  During the break between preliminaries and afternoon finals, the Bramlett’s were seeking relief from the heat in their hotel room when a fellow swim mom called saying she had just seen a snake slither under her van. 

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Rep. Tom Graves Supports Congressional Investigation of Planned Parenthood


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) sent a letter of support to the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Fred Upton, and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte, following their announcement that they would investigate Planned Parenthood in the wake of recent allegations that the abortion provider is selling the organs of unborn babies.

New stained glass windows make Our Lady Of the Mountains one of most beautiful churches in state


Photos/Our Lady of the Mountains
The Agony in the Garden window being installed at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church earlier in July. This is one of two windows recently installed at the local Catholic Church at the intersection of Highway 108 and Refuge Road. This window was designed to catch the afternoon light; the other window the morning light. “Each of these Garden Windows are complex compositions, containing nearly 1,000 pieces of stained glass,” according to information provided by Our Lady of the Mountains.

From Our Lady of the Mountains website

    On Sunday, July 19th, Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper (Hwy. 108) welcomed the two newest stained glass windows to arrive from Beyer Studio in Philadelphia. 
    They represent the second of three stages of windows we expect in this project. We call these highly pictorial windows our Garden Windows in that both the Agony in the Garden (that faces the evening sun) and The

Pickens Habitat ready to build again


    With permits in hand, construction on the first of at least seven new homes in the New Hope Acres subdivision is ready to begin.
    Pictured are left to right Grady and Sue Hopper, Construction Chairs, Steve Greenwell President. 


Submitted by Habitat for Humanity

    After over 20 months delay since the last build, Habitat for Humanity Pickens County Inc. (HFH-PC) has in hand its first building permit for a home in New Hope Acres subdivision.  

Cell phone tracking helps emergency crews find injured kayaker on Talking Rock Creek

     A group kayaking trip on Talking Rock Creek took a turn for the worse when a Cartersville man broke his leg between river rocks.
    And if someone in the group hadn’t had their cell phone handy, locating the injured man would have been an even bigger challenge for emergency workers, who hunted for the party for  over an hour and a half after the initial call came in at 11 a.m.