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Foodies will delight at Saturday JUMC Tasting


Stan and Paula Adams from last year's Taste of JUMC.

By Suellen G. Reitz
    Some of the best cooks in Pickens County are gathering again with their best dish to share this Saturday, Jan. 19,   in the fellowship hall from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. for the 5th Annual Taste of Jasper United Methodist Church. If you like food, and especially if you like to taste a bunch of varieties of food, you won’t want to miss it. 

See a coupon for this event on this week's Sports Page in our print and e-editions.



Artists, sponsors wanted for Jasper ArtFest


Click on the ArtFest flyer above to be redirected to their website.     

     Despite being plagued by sketchy weather the first two years, Jasper ArtFest organizers are going full steam ahead planning the third annual art event, held the third weekend in April. 
    “We aren’t trying to make money on this,” said Ron Barnes, ArtFest head organizer. “This is something for the community, to support the arts community and bring people into town to enjoy what we have in Jasper.”

Follow this link to find artists applications and sponsorship forms.

Jones discusses challenges of three-person board


Commissioner Jerry Barnes, Commission Chair Rob Jones and Commissioner Becky Denney.

     Commission Chairman Rob Jones estimated it will take four to six months to get used to the changes involving the three-member commission that replaced the sole commissioner form of government on Jan. 1.
    Jones, who served as the final sole commissioner in Pickens County, said there are a lot of restrictions involving open meetings they are treating very cautiously.


PHS forms partnership with school in Belarus


   Steven Wilkie/photo
    Members of the Dragons’ Lair high school newspaper staff interview the delegation from Belarus and PHS staff about the partnership which may one day be expanded to include teacher and student exchanges.

By Laiken Owens
PHS student reporter

    Pickens High School is beginning a new program with a school that is not so familiar to this county or country. PHS has recently announced a partnership with Byelorussian School #36, located in Gomel, Belarus. The two schools hope this relationship will allow students to learn about each other’s country, culture, and what the youth do around the world.
     Another goal of partnering is to “form a friendship between us, to learn from each other,” said Ms. Ivanovna, Principal of the Byelorussian School.

Flu Reaches Epidemic Level In Ga.


GA Department of Public Health Officials 

Urge Georgians To Get Flu Shots


ATLANTA – The state of Georgia is now in the midst of a flu epidemic.

 The flu is hitting Georgia harder this year than it has in nearly a

decade.  Flu activity is widespread throughout the state and the number

of flu related hospitalizations is high.  So far, two adult, flu-related

deaths have been reported in Georgia.


“We are seeing some decrease in flu activity, but we are still at

epidemic level and the flu is unpredictable,” says Patrick O’Neal,

M.D., director of the Division of Health Protection, Georgia Department

of Public Health. “We are getting reports of more severe flu effects

in neighboring states, including the number of deaths.  Peak flu season

typically does not happen until late January or early February so we may

not have seen the worst yet.”  The most recent flu report may also be

affected by doctors’ offices being closed for the holidays and people