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Cooling down a hot band - After a long all-day practice under the summer sky Wednesday, July 25, marching on a sun-fried parking lot where the working temperature hung close to 100, the Pickens High School band stood in need of some relief. Their tunes were smokin’. Their feet nearly, too. Luckily, Band Director Michael Oubre had phoned the fire department. An engine and crew arrived from the Tate firehouse around 5 p.m. After mounting a water cannon atop the pumper truck, a stalwart fireman commenced a group hosing (on cue) at 5:30. Cool spray arched high and long, descending on musicians down range like a gift heaven sent.

Tyler Craig finishes 2nd in Jr. Olympics Pole Vault

    Tylercraigjrolympics       Last weekend, Tyler Craig finished second in the top pole vaulting competition in the nation for his age group at the Junior Olympic National Championships.

The rising senior at PHS finished with a top height of 15 feet 11 inches, the same height as the winner Connor Foxworth of Alabama. Craig had more missed attempts leaving him in second.

Jasper Banking Company closed by FDIC; operating now as Stearns

Jasper Banking Company, Jasper, Georgia, was closed today by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Stearns Bank National Association, St. Cloud, Minnesota, to assume all of the deposits of Jasper Banking Company.

State banking officials arrived in a fleet of cars right at closing time to lock the bank. It had been speculated for some time that Jasper Banking Company, one of the oldest businesses in the community was going to be closed. One of the officials entering the bank said it is important for people who have money in the local bank to know that their deposits are safe. She said that anyone with Jasper Bank checks can continue to use them.

The three branches of Jasper Banking Company will reopen on Saturday as branches of Stearns Bank National Association. Depositors of Jasper Banking Company will automatically become depositors of Stearns Bank National Association. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit insurance coverage up to applicable limits. Customers of Jasper Banking Company should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from Stearns Bank National Association that it has completed systems changes to allow other Stearns Bank National Association branches to process their accounts as well.


Updated: See statement from JBC Banchsares below

Edible Jasper grows another garden

ediblejasperBy Vered Kleinberger

     Container gardening can be tricky. Join us at Harvest Café to learn about soil composition and plant choice as we build the next Edible Jasper garden.

     Harvest Café has many, many containers bordering the windows of their building and asked the Edible Jasper crew to help them out. On Saturday, August 4, from 6-8 p.m., we’ll host a workshop focusing on building soil in the containers.  Come learn lots and help expand the edibleness of our community.

     Edible Jasper was begun as a Sustainable Pickens project by community members who wanted to learn more about easily growing edible plants. They have gotten together to edibly landscape Jasper while learning gardening techniques and plant selection. If you haven’t been to a meeting or workshop in the past, we look forward to meeting you at the Harvest Café soil workshop.

     Be sure to check out our other edible installations in the Pickens Progress parking lot, at 61 Main and at VanGoghs Hideaway. Harvest Café is next, with the Law Offices of Edwin Marger to follow once the summer heat has passed. Visit www. for details or call 770-605-2451 if you have any questions.

See you on August 4 at 6 p.m. at Harvest Café as you help Edible Jasper grow. Feel free to bring snacks, beverages and friends.

A look at the history of Grandview Lake


     A hard-working man with some large ideas, W.H. "Bill" Jones, of Pickens County, played a major role in bringing Grandview Lake into existence. Jones grew up in the hollow now flooded by the lake. As a young man, he quarried an area just below where the old boathouse stands today.

     "He grew up right in here, taking out flagstone," recounted Jones' daughter, Peggy Petty. "He went to Atlanta and worked for Firestone. Saved about $1,000. He saw a little girl get run over down there and said, ‘I'm going back to the mountains.’"

     Returned to the Grand View community (the name was two words then), Jones went back to flagstone quarrying. "Making about a dollar a day," Petty said. "He'd haul that flagstone to Marietta, and he'd haul it to DeLand, Florida."

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