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Planting by the signs and other age-old knowledge

ruth poole greenhouse


"She is kind but doesn't suffer fools," says Jane Waller (r) friend of Grandview Road gardener Ruth Poole (l). Visit Poole and other vendors at the Jasper Farmer's Market every Saturday through October from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Lee Newton Park.

    On a sunny morning last week, Jane Waller’s greenhouse off of Cove Road was a humid hub of activity and conversation.   
    Waller and Ruth Poole, a native Pickens resident and a treasure trove of old timey gardening knowhow, were seated among dozens of flats of starter seedlings labeled “tomato,” “squash,” and “okra,” batting dialogue back and forth between themselves and two others.
      Waller’s relationship with Poole began 20 years ago, and in that time has blossomed into what could easily be called a mutual admiration society, with Waller looking to Poole as a mentor and Poole seeing Waller as a dear friend and companion. 


Ball Ground man in mobility contest (vote online)


Former Pickens County schools student and graduate, Roger Green, has entered a contest for National Mobility Month.  It is for "local  heroes"  who, despite their disability, have continued to move forward and do great things with their lives.  

Anyone that knows Roger is aware of just how positive and remarkable he is.  Rather than letting obstacles that he encounters due to his disability stop him, he just finds another way around them and moves forward.  He is inspiring to everyone around him!!  Please click on the link below and vote for Roger to win a new custom wheelchair accessible van from R&R mobility.  Voting is now until May 10th.

Why does your mom deserve a makeover?

Jasper businesses unite for Mother’s Day Makeover essay contest



       Do you think your mom is the best thing since sliced bread? If you can sum up her awesomeness in a short essay she may win a free makeover and gifts courtesy of several downtown businesses.
    “We have been here for eight months and we’re doing so much better than what we had hoped for,” said John Watkins, who co-owns Coco’s Cottage with wife Nancy. “We have just felt really welcomed in the community and wanted to give back in some way and they thought Mother’s Day was a


Bronze Star, Purple Heart vet helps other wounded heroes


    Nate Watson, a Pickens native, with the Purple Heart he was awarded after being wounded in Afghanistan. Watson nows helps other veterans with Georgia’s Wounded Heroes, a group he co-founded.


     After receiving both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with Valor for action in Afghanistan, Pickens County native Nate Watson has returned to Georgia to co-found an organization that will help other wounded veterans as well as police and firefighters.
    Watson, the son of Mike and Janie Watson of Jasper, graduated from Pickens High in 1997 and from North Georgia College in 2001. He worked in law enforcement for Cherokee County before deploying to northern Afghanistan in 2009.




Education top dog for new animal shelter director


   Pickens County Animal Control Director Cindy Wilson with one of the dozens of cats and kittens at the Camp Road shelter.


     Pickens County Animal Control Shelter Director Cindy Wilson has only been on the county payroll for two months, but already she sees the need to beef up public education about the importance of spaying, neutering, and other animal care basics.
    “I’ve always known education about spaying and neutering was a huge problem,” said Wilson, wife of Hill City Elementary School Principal Dr. Carlton Wilson and 30-year manager of metro-Atlanta banks. “Now I feel a big responsibility to help other people learn how to keep their animals