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Basketball season starts rolling at Rec. Department


Ages 9-10 boys’ skills evaluation at the Roper Park Community Center last weekend.


By Haley Lacuesta

Rec. Department 


Boys and girls aged 4-14 met for the first time at the Pickens County Rec. Department on Saturday for the first step in 2013 youth basketball season.

After registration ended on Oct. 7, the Parks and Recreation Department received dozens of young applicants on the courts all day for a skills evaluation. The children lined the walls of the gym and demonstrated their abilities through a series of dribbling and shooting drills. The teams will be in-house only and are divided by age and sex. The season runs through January with the goal of allowing every child a chance to play.


Q&A with Stearns Bank’s new Ga. president

     Jasper seen as hub of national bank’s presence in Georgia   




    Stearns Bank recently appointed Dick Carlton as the national bank’s Georgia president.
    Carlton has worked in Georgia banks for 35 years, most recently serving as EVP and president of two community banks in this state.
    He has been married for 32 years to Vicki, who is also a banker in Atlanta. They have a son, Matt, who attends Kennesaw State University. The couple live in north Cherokee County. Carlton is president of the Canton Rotary Club.

Shaptop to hold wreath-making workshop Nov. 1-2

Make a wreath, help raise money for local art community


Submitted by Sharptop Arts Association

    Get in the mood for the holidays with Sharptop Arts Association’s wreath-making workshop and help us with our holiday fundraiser while doing it!
    We are holding two free wreath-making workshops, Friday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are inviting you to come out and put good use to those Christmas decorations that end up sitting in boxes. Bring them – or any items you want to use in your wreath - to the workshop and our experienced florists will help you make two beautiful wreaths. Kay Bruce will be assisting guests on Friday and Marty Farrow will be assisting on Saturday.
    We are asking that your bring two base wreaths to decorate – one for you and one to donate to our holiday fundraiser/silent auction that will be held during the member show on November 15. Let’s make this a fun time for all! Bring your friends and come one day or both, drop in and stay for as long as you’d like.
    Here’s what you’ll need to bring:
    •Base wreaths of straw, grape vine, greens, etc.
    •Ribbon to cover the wreath or to make bows.
    •Decorations: Pine Cones, bells, holly, Santas, balls, or anything you no longer use.
    •Wire and wire cutter/hot glue gun (we will have a few, but if you want your own be sure to bring them).  
    •Ornament hangers (if you would like to make ornaments instead).
    Email Executive Director Jeanette Bottari to sign up for free at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you have any questions call 770-893-8438.
    Sharptop Arts Association is a 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting arts and culture in Pickens County. For more information about Sharptop visit
    We are located at 68 D.B. Carroll Street in jasper. Hours of operation are Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ten 'Places in Peril' listed by state historical group




Above, The W&A Railroad Depot was constructed by the State of Georgia between 1848-1850 as part of the Western & Atlantic Railroad.


ATLANTA, Oct. 22 -- The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released today its 2014 list of ten Places in Peril in the state.


Sites on the list include: Sowega Building in Adel (Cook County); Blackshear Prison Camp in Blackshear (Pierce County); Chauncey School in Chauncey (Dodge County); Griffin City Hall in Griffin (Spalding County); Hawkinsville Firehouse in Hawkinsville (Pulaski County); Kolb Street House in Madison (Morgan County); Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Sharon (Taliaferro County); Greek Revival houses of Troup County; W&A Railroad Depot in Tunnel Hill (Whitfield County); and the Connally Marchman House in Villa Rica (Carroll County).


"This is the Trust's ninth annual Places in Peril list," said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. "We hope the list will continue to bring preservation action to Georgia's imperiled historic resources by highlighting ten representative sites," McDonald said.


Ball Ground man facing 20 counts of animal cruelty



Purebred animals confiscated from former show handler



Press Release from Cherokee County Marshal's Office

 On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the Cherokee County Marshal’s office investigated an animal cruelty case at 585 Creighton Road in Ball Ground. A complaint was called in to the Marshal’s Office because of suspicions of animal neglect.

The complainant expressed concerns due to terrible smells and barking coming from the property.

The Marshal’s Office executed a search warrant, and the officers, Animal Shelter staff, a local licensed vet, a representative from the Solicitor’s office and an inspector from the Department of Agriculture all went out to the property to investigate.