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Dragons roll in first scrimmage

PHS Dragons football preview  - Looking for that “12th game”


    The 2016-2017 PHS Dragons Football Team

Update  - The Dragons won big time in Friday's scrimmage, 41-0 over Coosa. See Sports in this week's edition for a complete report.     


With the summer coming to an end the beginning of football season is right around the corner. The Pickens Dragons are coming off back-to-back 8-3 seasons and hoping to build off of that momentum and do something that no team in Pickens County has ever done, and that is play in a 12th game.       

A list of Georgia athletes at Rio Olympics

Senator Perdue congratulates Georgians participating in 2016 Games


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today congratulated the Georgia athletes representing Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which begin tonight with the Opening Ceremony.  


“The athletic ability of our Olympic athletes is staggering. In a time where our world is faced with turmoil, it is inspirational to see countries come together to enjoy our shared love of sports and comradery. Bonnie and I wish our fellow Georgians and Team USA the best of luck, and we hope to see several gold medals come home to Georgia.”


Georgia’s Team USA Competitors:


  • Jenny Arthur of GainesvilleWeightlifting (69 kg.)
  • Gunnar Bentz of Atlanta, Swimming (4x200m Free)
  • Kristi Castlin of Atlanta, Track and Field (100m Hurdles)
  • Christian Coleman of Atlanta, Track and Field (4x100m)
  • Glenn Eller of Columbus, Shooting (Double Trap)
  • Yijun Feng of Alpharetta, Table Tennis (Singles, Team)
  • Vincent Hancock of Eatonton, Shooting (Skeet)
  • Matt Kuchar of Sea Island, Golf
  • Jay Litherland of Greensboro, Swimming (400m IM)
  • Maya Moore of Atlanta, Basketball (Forward)
  • Kelley O’Hara of Fayetteville, Soccer (Defender)
  • Christian Taylor of Fayetteville, Track and Field (Triple Jump)
  • Amanda Weir of Lawrenceville, Swimming (4x100m Free)
  • Kendell Williams of Kennesaw, Track and Field (Heptathlon)

Does town’s alcohol policy discourage growth here?


     The city’s longstanding policies regarding alcohol have come under fire from one council member, who said they are putting Jasper at a competitive disadvantage to surrounding counties.
    “We’re losing money left and right,” said council member Anne Sneve  after the Monday, Aug. 1 council meeting. “We’re not saying we have to lose that family atmosphere, but everything around us is growing and we’re just stagnant. We want to look into this more and see what the liabilities would be and see what we can do.”
See full story in this week's print or online editions.

Safety, liability concerns at jail

Lack of manpower & mental health resources for inmates make tough job even tougher



    The unmanned tower at the Pickens jail. Outdated control software and lack of manpower keep this guard post closed.

     Due to budget constraints, lack of experienced staff, outdated features and scarce resources to handle mentally ill inmates, the Pickens jail has reached a point where safety and liability are major concerns for the sheriff’s office.
    Top officers, including Sheriff Donnie Craig, Chief Deputy Jeff Hall and Training Officer Jim Koury all said in recent interviews that something must be done before detention officers, prisoners and taxpayers are left to face the consequences of a facility where close calls happen too often due to manpower shortages.
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Nothing set at old NAPA building


     The ongoing addition of a deck to the renovated building at the corner of Church Street and Main Street in Jasper (formerly called “Big Blue”) had the rumor mill in full force.
    Speculations were that the building had been sold by owner Luke Copeland and would soon house a new endeavor such as a steakhouse or micro-brewery, but Copeland stuck a fork in the conjectures when asked.
    “Nope,” he said. “We’re just getting ready to put it up for sale. I don’t know where that stuff gets started.”