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Help the Boys and Girls Club win $30,000



Submitted by Michelle Brackin, Executive Director


Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia




We Need Your Help:  Vote for Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia in the Champions of Care Challenge.  You can help us win $30,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs.




Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia has already been chosen as a winner of a $1,000 grant. Now we need your vote to win a $30,000 grant from local Health Mart pharmacists. The deadline for the first round of voting in Health Mart’s Champions of Care Challenge is midnight on Sunday, March 23, and we need your vote so that our finalist Jan Day makes it into the final round.




 You can vote every day until this round of the contest closes at midnight on Sunday, March 23.




What happens after Sunday?




10 finalists and their chosen non-profits will move on to the last round of the Champions of Care Challenge, where the following BIG prizes will be awarded:




· Grand Prize – $30,000 grant to be given to a community health non-profit




· Second Place Prize – $3,000 grant to be given to a community health non-profit




· Third Place Prize – $2,000 grant to be given to a community health non-profit

Starting on March 17th, the public will have two weeks to vote for their favorite Champions of Care at





Now that’s a lot of change!


 Please take a moment today to cast your vote for Jan Day in the Champions of Care Challenge. With only 10 spots available and so many amazing entries, we really need your help.


DNR Launches Interactive Map of Recreational Lands

Find your way to the great outdoors

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities.  The “Georgia Outdoor Map” includes state parks, wildlife management areas, public fishing areas, boat ramps, and historic sites. Users are able to search by category to find locations where they can camp, hunt, hike, fish or explore history. 


interactive map

“We are proud to offer this new resource to Georgia’s citizens and visitors,” said Governor Nathan Deal.  “We are blessed here in Georgia with a state that is rich in both natural and cultural resources. I want to encourage Georgians to use this interactive tool to find new places to explore.”

Still time to see "No Sex Please, We're British"


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    "Good Heavens! Did you see what they found on our Main Street?" (L-R) Marie Stoney as Frances, Ginny Slifcak as Eleanor, Kenneth Farmer as Leslie Bromhead from the Tater Patch’s latest.


By Monica Helsby
     Upon being asked to review a play on opening night, my mind shuffled back to an incident that happened over a decade ago.  While attending college in Florida, I attended a small town theatre group’s musical in which I

PHS prepares for Grease -- the musical

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Photos by Damon Howell

Drama students from Pickens High run through a dress rehearsal Thursday of Grease -- the musical coming to the Pickens High Performing Arts Center in April.

Presale tickets are available in the PHS front office, $8 adults; $5 students; and $10 at the door the nights of the show. Show dates are planned for April 3, 4, 5 at 7 p.m.

The director, PHS teacher Leah VanDoran, felt the 20-30 students involved in the production were doing well preparing Thursday, especially since this was only the second time they have run-through some of the scenes.

The high-energy numbers showcase the local student talent.


Jones Mountain dump now closed

Loose trash being accepted at Camp Road facility



    A former Jones Mountain landfill customer tosses a bag of garbage into the bin at his new drop-off point at the Pickens County Recycling Center. The center is located on Camp Road across from the Georgia State Patrol headquarters.


     In an effort to streamline operations, cut down on hauling fees and make dumping more convenient for Pickens residents, the dump on Jones Mountain has been closed and relocated to the recycling facility off Camp Road.