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Promsters have safe weekend

See our print or online editions for two pages of color photos from this year's prom.




A lot of fun, no problems at Pickens prom. Sheriff says students keep things low-key as they have come to expect heavy police presence on roads during prom weekend. Photos courtesy Pickens Draca Yearbook

This year’s prom was without incident or arrest even with the nasty weather for students on the roads – continuing a streak of several years of safe high school festivities.
    Sheriff Donnie Craig, whose office is over the campus resource officers, said he was not aware of any wrecks or arrests involving high school students.


Craig sets new pole vault record at state



Tyler Craig took the AAAA State Championship in the Pole Vault as well as the new AAAA State Record, at the height of 15’7” he cleared last Thursday in Jefferson. Craig will be vaulting next year for the Bulldogs of Gardner Webb University where he has earned a Track & Field Scholarship.


    Dragons Tyler Craig and Drew Bellows are graduating seniors, and both put nice finishing touches on their high school Track & Field careers with outstanding performances at the 2013 Georgia Olympics in Jefferson last week. Craig had the best performance of any high school pole vaulter from any classification in the state of Georgia going into the meet with his vault of 16’5” that set the new 4A Sectional West, Carrollton Track not to mention



Obstacles sought for 2013 Sheriff's JeepFest



     Above a jeep crosses obstacles set up for the 2012 Sheriff's Jeepfest. Organizers are seeking materials to use for this year's course.

     Organizers for the second annual Pickens Sheriff's JeepFest, September 6th-8th, are looking for raw materials to build obstacles for the four-wheeled participants to crawl over.



Jasper Farmers’ Market carries on - rain or shine

Customer support crucial to family farmers



    Talking to Jody Waldroup is always interesting; information and opinions about organic farming, sustainability, raising chickens or the meaning of life and his vegetables are fresh and delicious.

By Darla Huffman
Jasper Farmers’ Market
    Jody and Ashley Waldroup are modern day farmers. There was a time when small family farms were the backbone of America and could support a family. But now corporate farms operating on a big scale have eliminated that competition while increasing the food supply but not necessarily improving it.  In fact, many people believe that this has damaged and endangered our food supply and is the cause of many of the health problems that are prevalent in this county.


Gov. Deal enacts ethics reform

From Governor's Press Office


Today at the state Capitol, Gov. Nathan Deal signed two pieces of ethics legislation that will bolster Georgians’ confidence in their state government. The first bill, House Bill  142, restores rulemaking powers to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, more clearly defines the role of a lobbyist, and sets the first cap on legislative lobbying spending. The second, House Bill 143, the companion to HB 142, requires more transparency in regard to campaign fund-raising and spending during certain local races, and it ensures that the public knows about any campaign donations given to members of the General Assembly leading up to the start of the legislative session.  


“I have enacted these bills to strengthen ethics laws in our state because the public demanded it and good government longed for it,” said Deal. “Our success as leaders of Georgia depends heavily on the public’s ability to trust us. Georgians are correct to insist that the voices of the people echo louder under the Gold Dome than the narrow views of special interests. Together, these bills constitute a major step in improving ethics, trust and transparency in our state.”