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Easter Egg Hunt Saturday in Talking Rock



The Jasper Merchants Association called off the Annual Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday due to cold and rainy weather. The eggs will be put into use this Saturday March 30th at the Talking Rock Town Park Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m.

The town of Talking Rock is located 1.4 miles east of Georgia Highway 515, between Jasper and Ellijay.


Ga. First Lady reads to Pickens preschoolers



Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal (second from left), and Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Bobby Cagle (left) visited preschoolers at Country Kids Daycare in Jasper as part of the statewide “Read-A-Loud Day.” Mrs. Deal read “What I’d Like to Be,” by Elizabeth Brown, a self-published Georgia author.

    Four and five year olds at Country Kids Daycare in Jasper were in for a treat this past Tuesday morning as the state’s First Lady Sandra Deal wriggled and swam her way through a children’s book that encourages children to image what life would be as different animals.

Youth Arts Show runs through April


    Sharptop Arts Association Executive Director Jeanette Bottari, and board members Audrey Webb and Nancy VanSant set up for the elementary youth show, which ran through last Sunday, May 17. The Youth Art Shows, sponsored by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, will continue through April 28.

Submitted by Sharptop Arts Association

    Sharptop Arts Association is excited to once again be hosting the Youth Art Show for students in Pickens County, and we would like to invite the public to come out and see firsthand the beautiful art our children can create.


Phony veteran’s group targets businesses

Legitimate organization says scam could hurt fundraising efforts


    When Bojangles owner Kristal Beaver first spoke with a representative of a veteran’s group last Wednesday, March 13, she agreed to make a donation to their cause.
    But Beaver’s support quickly turned to suspicion as more and more red flags went up during the course of the conversation and donation process.

Middle schools to merge football programs


By Bettina Huseby
Progress Contributor

    Pickens High School head football coach Chris Parker addressed the March 14 board of education meeting about plans to combine both middle school football teams into one.
    “What we’re trying to do at the middle school level is much like what Dawson County recently did,” Parker said. “It’s an opportunity to streamline players into one group which will move together from the JYSA to middle school and then to high school. It will really build the program.”