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Whitestone Farm and Trade Grand Opening May 25, 2012


Whitestone Farm and Trade, a market that will focus on local and organic farm and gourmet foods, opens this Friday and will hold its Grand Opening celebration through Monday. Above, one of six paintings that were donated to the market stand by artist Tim Gartrell.

If you’re in love with local produce, crafts and other homemade goods and fare, you won’t want to miss out on the Grand Opening celebration of Whitestone Farm and Trade this Memorial Day weekend.

     Not only will the four-day celebration include blacksmithing demonstrations, a group mural and other activities suitable for the entire family, but the market area will be open for market-goers to buy, sell and trade homegrown and handmade goodies.

     Along with the chemical-free produce cultivated at the farm, Whitestone Farm and Trade, a project of Jasper native Ben Jones, will offer produce and goods from other area farmers and craftsmen.

     Jones is the sixth generation in his family to manage the north Pickens farm.

     Meats, veggies, grits, and cornmeal will be available from Riverview Farm in Ranger, Ga. Earth Friendly Farm of Ellijay will be on-site selling eggs, honey, mushrooms and more, and there will be produce and other goods from Harvest Moon farm in Gilmer County.

     Whitestone Farm and Trade will also sell gourmet chocolates, coffee, and sea salts.

     The market will be open Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

     Whitestone Farm and Trade is offering space to other local farmers and local craftspeople and artisans as well. For more information call Ben Jones at 706-669-0590.

Whitestone Farm and Trade is located at 961 Old Whitestone Road East, Talking Rock, Ga.

KPB reminds residents to recycle old phone books


Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to remind all of our county residents who have the Ellijay Telephone Company as their provider for telephone service; the 2012 Telephone Directories are being delivered this month. Your old telephone book may be recycled at the  Camp Road Recycle Center and the Cove Road Recycle Center.  The phone books go in the mixed papers containers at both recycle centers.  If you have questions please call the KPB office Monday or Wednesday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, at 706-253-3600.  Help KPB reduce the solid waste going into our landfills.

County pool open


Above, head lifeguard Matthew Godfrey and Pickens County Maintenance Supervisor Eric Chalkiadi make some final repairs before the pool opens this weekend.


Monday afternoon, maintenance workers at the county pool were busy preparing for opening day, expected to happen sometime over Memorial Day weekend.

     “We’ve got the pool filled and all the chemicals in,” said Pickens County Parks & Recreation Department Director Melinda Goss. “Now we’re just waiting for our final inspection from the health department, and we can open it up. We think that’s going to be this week sometime.”

Governor Deal launches landmark initiative to improve childhood fitness

SHAPE merges efforts to combat obesity by promoting exercise and better nutritional options

Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Public Health today launched Georgia SHAPE, a statewide program merging governmental, philanthropic and academic and business communities to address childhood obesity.

“This affects all of us,” Deal said. “We must work together to improve the health of children in our state. Some suggest that we’re raising the first generation of American kids to have shorter life expectancy then their parents because of problems related to obesity. We can and will do better to promote healthy lifestyles.”

Flanked by First Lady Sandra Deal; Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health; and representatives from the Atlanta Falcons; the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation; the Atlanta Braves; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Coca-Cola and other important leaders, Deal challenged Georgians to tackle the state’s childhood obesity epidemic head on.

Qualifying for July election ends Friday

vote            Qualifying for the July 31, 2012 elections will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 and end at noon on Friday, May 25, 2012, according to a press release from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

Candidates who would like to run for the Nelson council seat must qualify at the Pickens County Elections Office.

According to Pickens County Elections Officer Julianne Roberts, candidates for all other local races must qualify with their party.