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Instead of gifts, teen wants St. Jude donations

Party this Sat. to benefit children’s hospital

Kenzie Williams wants friends and family to give a gift to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for her birthday. Her party is being held this Saturday at the Pickens County Community Center from 1 - 5 p.m. The community is invited.
“She’s always marched to the beat of her own drummer and been very independent and caring,” said a teary Brandy McClure, mother of Kenzie Williams.
    Williams, a 15-year-old who splits her time between her mother’s home in Pickens and her father’s home in Calhoun, is asking that instead of birthday gifts, friends and family donate a gift or money to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Protection crucial for Narrowgate property


By Pamela L. Sunderland
Executive Director
Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia

     During a very difficult time of fiscal decision by our new team of County Commissioners, it’s understandable why a ‘nature park’ might not gain much attention. But how important is our water supply?

     Mountain Conservation Trust appealed to the County Commissioners at their February work session to consider acquisition strategies for an important tract of land that protects our water supply. The 280 acre Narrow Gate property is immediately adjacent to Pickens County’s Burnt Mountain Preserve, a passive recreation area which is under permanent stewardship by the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia (MCT) and part of the scenic view from the lower Highway136 East overlook (seen in photo above).




Jasperse introduces gun law legislation

Bill will increase the number of places Georgians can carry firearms


A major new piece of Second Amendment legislation was introduced last week in the Georgia General Assembly by State Rep. Rick Jasperse, who represents Pickens County. The legislation would increase the number of places Georgians can carry firearms, including churches, bars and college campuses.

            "We're trying to open up some places where the rule followers can go,” said State Rep. Rick Jasperse. “This is not about making us a more armed society. It allows the rule followers to take care of themselves if they need to."


            H.B. 512, known as the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” was introduced by Jasperse. It would also allow men and women over the age of 18 who are serving in the military or have been honorably discharged from the military to be able to purchase a gun.

See additional reporting on  Safe Carry Protection Act in this week's print edition.

Tater Patch’s Grace and Glorie continues run


     Deb Heimler (l) and Pat Northcutt (r) discuss the finer points of a country breakfast in Tater Patch Players’ next production.    Grace and Glorie opens Friday, March 7, at 7:30. This funny and moving play will be shown at 7:30 on March 7, 8, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 and March 10 and 17 at 2. Tickets are $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and students.
    They may be bought at the box office beginning one hour before showtime or online at  Questions or problems, call 706-253-2800 and leave a message.

Calling all artists!

Sharptop hosting Yard Art Exhibition, Patio & Garden Fundraiser


Submitted by
Sharptop Arts Association

    Put on those creative thinking caps, because Sharptop Arts Association is getting ready for two fun, spring shows and we would love for artists and budding artists in the community to be a part.