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N. Georgia College to host Holocaust exhibit


Series of lectures, events planned to coincide with January to March run of exhibition



A book burning in Opera Square, Berlin, May 10, 1933. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Musuem/NARA

 — North Georgia College & State University is hosting the traveling exhibition "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The exhibition, which runs from Jan. 17 to March 15 at the university's Library Technology Center, and accompanying lecture series are free and open to the public.

The exhibition opening is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the Library Technology Center. That evening, internationally known scholar Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, will present the keynote address in the Hoag Student Center auditorium. A reception and book signing will be held 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the great room, located in the student center, prior to the 6 p.m. keynote address.

Schools and other groups are invited to schedule a Friday tour of the exhibition. Tour reservations are currently being accepted and must be requested at least seven days in advance. To schedule a tour, contact Ms. Bonnie Morris,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 706-864-1521.


Holiday Classic at PHS



The Holiday Classic, a three-day high shool basketball matchup featuring 26 teams is underway, hosted by Pickens High School.

Both the PHS teams won their Thursday night games and will be in action again today and tomorrow. The games run all afternoon at both gyms on the PHS campus with the Nettes playing at 6 p.m. both tonight and Saturday night.

Boys matchups also run all afternoon today and Saturday with the Dragons playing at 7:30 p.m. each night.


Above, Chris Leicht goes up for the Dragons in Thursday night Holiday Classic action.

Bring your Christmas tree for the Chipper




Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to remind you to bring your undecorated live Christmas tree to the “Bring One for the Chipper” event to be held on Saturday, Jan. 5. Drop off you tree at the Chamber’s Park’ n Ride parking lot on Stegall Street in Jasper. The recycled trees can be recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects and individual homes. Since the program started in 1991, over 5 million Christmas trees have been recycled and diverted from landfills.

For more information on the Chipper program, call the KPB office on Monday or Wednesday’s from 9-2 at 706-253-3600.



VanGoghs hosting snowman contest




    Audrey Webb and Kathe Hall with a sample snowman.

     Now that winter has officially arrived, VanGoghs owner Kathe Hall plans to brighten the short, dark days with a town filled with snowmen, regardless of whether we actually get any snow.
    Hall came up with the idea to sponsor a snowman contest as a way to bring people and some cheer into downtown during bleak winter days.


Christmas winds howled, but no serious damage reported here


            Pickens county personnel manned the emergency operation center (EOC) Christmas night, but no calls other than downed trees and power outages were reported.

            County Fire Chief Bob Howard was on hand in the EOC starting late in evening on Christmas ahead of reports of damaging storms in Alabama. “We kept it open as a precaution, but the only reports were downed trees, mainly in Bent Tree, and power outages," he said

            Howard said almost all power should have been restored in the county by 9 a.m. Wednesday.


A statement issued from Amicalola EMC stated, "Winds swept through our service area last night leaving downed trees and broken poles. After a peak of approx 3200 members out of power, currently there are approx 2000, primarily in Gilmer County. Crews have worked through the night and will continue until all power has been restored. Visit to view current outages. Report all outages to the following numbers only: 706-253-0359, 706-276-0359, or 706-864-0359. Please stay away from all downed power lines and always assume they are still energized."