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Dying man’s open house draws people from near, far


    Former radio station owner Mark Hellinger with Toby, a dog recently adopted from the county shelter. Hellinger is again opening his home during the holidays to any and everyone.

  At his home near the southern county line, Mark Hellinger, the former owner of  two radio stations here, sat wrapped in a “Snuggie” blanket behind a microphone stand and other audio equipment, with a long line of pill bottles beside him last Wednesday.
    When asked if the microphone is hooked up, the 38-year broadcast journalism veteran, says, “Oh, hell no. I figured I’ll die sitting in this chair and I want to die behind a microphone.”

Sheriff office issues statement on school security

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Statement from Pickens Sheriff Office


The Pickens Sheriff’s Office is working hard to keep our community and schools safe.

Due to the recent tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, Sheriff Donnie Craig wanted to assure everyone

that the Pickens Sheriff’s Office is continuing to prepare for what we hope that we never have to experience. “It is unthinkable that violence of this type can occur in our schools, but sadly it does.” Craig stated. Sheriff Craig continued to state, “For years we have all heard and even believed that an event like this could not happen in our town. Unfortunately, we now know it can.”

Retailers pleased with holiday sales

Average to above average turnout despite down economy


     Daisy Boutique owner Peggy Rabin wraps a present at her downtown store. Statewide, retailers expect to see a slight increase in Christmas shopping this year.

Local retailers are reporting healthy sales during the post-Thanksgiving shopping period and that’s good news for Pickens stores who, like others across the state, often make a large percentage of their annual sales during the Christmas shopping season.
    According to the Georgia Retail Association, holiday sales in December are expected to increase between 3 and 4 percent this year and local store owners and managers say they have been pleased with traffic in their shops so far.

Jasper Fire Chief offers holiday safety tips

Christmas trees, overloaded plugs prime source of blazes


To see firsthand how quickly a tree can erupt, click on the photo of follow this link to see a safety video from the Fire Kills campaign on YouTube.

       REPOSTED FROM CHRISTMAS 2012     Jasper Fire Chief Steve Roper said of any calls he hates, home fires during the holidays rank at the top – especially if there are kids involved.

            Even if no one is hurt and the house isn’t seriously damaged, seeing families lose their holiday presents, and be forced to find somewhere else to stay at Christmas is hard. “The kids just don’t understand how their Christmas is suddenly over,” the fire chief said.

PHS Hall of Fame Spotlight: 1973-74 State Champions


     Front: Casey Stanfield, Debbie Qualls, Elaine Painter, Sheila Bryant, Cay Roland; middle: Sherry Ray - MGR, Dolores Stewart, Debbie Hubbard, Judy Bryant, Sylvia Benson, Cathy Roland, Cindy Qualls, Patricia Kelley - MGR; back: Head Coach Roy Cowart, Nina Stancil, Linda McAfee, Mary Ann Wigington, Jan Thomason, Sandra Haygood, Asst. Coach Ronnie Byers.   

Across from the Jasper Drug Store, on the corner of Main Street, sits a monument dedicated to arguably the most memorable team to ever play sports in Pickens County. The 1973-74 State Championship Girls Basketball Team has always evoked pride from local residents and the bar that they set has not been achieved since. Head Basketball Coach Roy Cowart was in his 5th season at the helm of the Dragonettes and he knew that the girls that made up his squad had a lot of potential. “I originally thought that the ’72-73 team had the best chance at succeeding at the state tournament, and when I saw this team I knew we would and could win the region at the very least. They had a lot of chemistry!”

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