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Bronze Star, Purple Heart vet helps other wounded heroes

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    Nate Watson, a Pickens native, with the Purple Heart he was awarded after being wounded in Afghanistan. Watson nows helps other veterans with Georgia’s Wounded Heroes, a group he co-founded.

 

     After receiving both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with Valor for action in Afghanistan, Pickens County native Nate Watson has returned to Georgia to co-found an organization that will help other wounded veterans as well as police and firefighters.
    Watson, the son of Mike and Janie Watson of Jasper, graduated from Pickens High in 1997 and from North Georgia College in 2001. He worked in law enforcement for Cherokee County before deploying to northern Afghanistan in 2009.

 

 

 

Why does your mom deserve a makeover?

Jasper businesses unite for Mother’s Day Makeover essay contest

 

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       Do you think your mom is the best thing since sliced bread? If you can sum up her awesomeness in a short essay she may win a free makeover and gifts courtesy of several downtown businesses.
    “We have been here for eight months and we’re doing so much better than what we had hoped for,” said John Watkins, who co-owns Coco’s Cottage with wife Nancy. “We have just felt really welcomed in the community and wanted to give back in some way and they thought Mother’s Day was a

 

Joy House banquet May 7

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By Steve Lowe
Executive Director
Joy House

    It’s not too late to make plans to attend this years Joy House Banquet.
    We will be celebrating the lives that are being changed by Christ through the ministry of the Joy House. Our theme for this year’s banquet is Set Free as we rejoice in Christ setting us free from sin and empowering us to continue to live in freedom. This year’s banquet will be on Tuesday evening, May 7, at 6:30.

 

Education top dog for new animal shelter director

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   Pickens County Animal Control Director Cindy Wilson with one of the dozens of cats and kittens at the Camp Road shelter.

 

     Pickens County Animal Control Shelter Director Cindy Wilson has only been on the county payroll for two months, but already she sees the need to beef up public education about the importance of spaying, neutering, and other animal care basics.
    “I’ve always known education about spaying and neutering was a huge problem,” said Wilson, wife of Hill City Elementary School Principal Dr. Carlton Wilson and 30-year manager of metro-Atlanta banks. “Now I feel a big responsibility to help other people learn how to keep their animals

 

Declining deer population top issue for local hunters

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    A group of about 20 people recently attended a hearing in Pickens on proposed changes to hunting regulations that would, if passed, cut the number of “doe days” to combat the state’s declining deer population.
    “There are a lot of proposed changes to the hunting regulations this year,” said Chuck Waters, Regional Supervisor for the Game Management Sector of the Northwest Georgia Department of Natural Resources who was present at the hearing at Amicalola EMC on Thursday, April 25. “Most of them were just minor housekeeping issues. The biggest change is the possibility of cutting out all of the doe days in December.”