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Unwanted Pickens dogs migrate north

County hits 90 percent adoption rate at shelter


    Calling New England home now, this black lab sat for months in the county shelter unwanted in this area before being sent to a new owner in Nantucket, Massachusetts where he happily roams the beaches.

    With a national euthanization rate of 56 percent for dogs and 71 percent for cats, data complied by the National Council on Pet Population, an animal shelter with an adoption rate of over 90 percent is nothing to paw at.

Service station fills another empty downtown building


    FILL ‘ER UP  - Prestige Auto Repair is one of many new businesses in Jasper. Pictured, owner Don Nichols inspects a vehicle that rolled in Friday afternoon.

    Last Friday, just three months after opening shop, Don Nichols’ garage in Jasper’s downtown business district enjoyed a steady stream of motorists with vehicles in need of repair.

Polar Plunge Teachers dive into frigid waters for charity

Friday’s PHS Baseball Pink Out for charity will raise more funds


polarplunge    Taking up the challenge - PHS teachers Rodney Martin, Melissa Weeks, Jody Williams, and Kevin Jacobs jump into Long Swamp Creek as part of a charity challenge.

     What could make a handful of brave teachers and students jump into a frigid Georgia creek on a 42 degree day? Only a great charity.
    When PHS English teacher Debbie Roper was challenged last week by her daughter, Jessica Bryan, to take a polar plunge into Long Swamp Creek for charity, it was an easy decision.

GBI Agent to speak to Friends of the Library



    Crime shows like CSI depict ways modern technology and forensic evidence aids investigators in solving crimes.
    Next Thursday, April 17th, GBI Special Agent Dustin Hamby will speak at the Pickens County Library, discussing several of his past cases and how his agency has been successful in solving crimes in Georgia.

Facebook pages stir memories

Nelson & Jasper history pages attract following

    A photo of Georgia Marble workers on strike from a Nelson community Facebook page.

     Back in the 1960s the Georgia Marble worker’s strike in Nelson, Ga. was a memorable time for people living there.
    Kay Bruce, a native Pickens resident raised in Nelson, was just a young girl then. But now, thanks to a Facebook group dedicated to Nelson, Ga. those memories have been brought back to life for Bruce and its 316 other members who can view pictures from the Georgia Marble strike, as well as thousands of other photos from the south Pickens/north Cherokee stomping ground.
    The Nelson Facebook group is open to anyone interested in joining, and comes with the following request in the page description: “Everyone currently living in Nelson post some recent or not so recent pictures or stories. Help us older former residents catch up on what is new. Especially anything about long time residents.”
    At press time there were 189 picture folders on the “If you’re from Nelson, Ga. (PICKENS-CHEROKEE COUNTIES) What do You Remember?” page. Photo files include “City officials,” “Nelson schools,” Houses and Places,” “Around Nelson,” and dozens of other topics.
    Members interviewed say they have spent hours thumbing through the photographs, and that they get excited with they see references to their family, or familiar buildings or landmarks that no longer exist.
    Bruce said her sister, who now lives in Warner Robbins, Ga., has even connected with old friends from her hometown.
    But Nelson is not the only city in the area with community Facebook pages.   The “You know you’re from Jasper, Ga if…” and “You know you’re from Nelson when…,” have attracted over 1,000 followers each.  People make postings requesting information about their family, old hang out spots or other landmarks - or just log on to chat about the old days.       
    If you’re interested in taking a peek into local Nelson history, just visit and type in “IF YOU FROM NELSON, GA (PICKENS-CHEROKEE COUNTY) WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER” into the search bar.