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Youth athlete concussion bill awaits Deal's approval



By Pam O’Del

Capitol Reporter

    Should Gov. Deal allow HB284 to become law, youth exhibiting signs of a concussion during organized sporting events must be pulled from the activity. They must then be evaluated and approved to return to that activity by a qualified health care professional.
    The bill also requires public and private schools to design and implement a “concussion management and return to play” policy and to notify parents of the risks concussions present to their child. The bill simply encourages other youth sporting organizations to do so.

Don't miss ArtFest this weekend


By Bettina Huseby
Progress Contributor

    Hipsters, yipsters and day-tripsters are all invited to the third annual Jasper ArtFest this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Listen to country and bluegrass music and see the work of 60 regional artists. Munch on novelty foods. Check out the Woodbridge Inn’s open air Biergarten.
    Admission to the festival is free. Organizer Ron Barnes hopes to see you all there. Check out what’s going on below. If you’d like more information visit

Plein Air Contest


    Fancy yourself a better artist than Van Gogh, Monet, or Renoir? Then you must enter the timed art competition hosted at Sharptop Arts Center, located at 68 D.B. Carroll Street, behind the Old Jail and Jasper Café. First prize is $150. Second prize is $100, and third prize is $50. Bring your own paint, and report to 68 Carroll Street on Saturday at 8 a.m. $10 buys your entry and a certified canvas. You’ll have 8 hours to complete your fresh air masterpiece for the 4 p.m. judging.

ArtFest Music
    Don’t forget your gee-tar. Saturday’s musical guests are Steve Stone, Justin Godfrey, Steve Moore & Steve Arnold, and the Jordan Grassi Band. After 4 p.m., it’ll be an open mic. The Marble Valley Community Choir will perform Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Sharptop Arts Center’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy booth.
    Sunday’s performers are young Aspen Countryman, Ryan Boss, Sherry Richardson and Eric Reinhardt.

Art pouring in for Sharptop's Patio & Garden Auction


One of the many pieces donated for Sharptop Arts Association's Patio & Garden Auction on May 11. Tickets for this event are $10 and are going fast. If you want to join in on the fun, get your tickets by calling Sylvia Riley at 678-860-4814 or executive director Jeanette Bottari at 770-893-8438.

Submitted by Sharptop Arts Association

    Sharptop Arts Association is happy to announce our first annual Patio & Garden Auction Fundraising event --- a new twist on our Feathered Event that you won’t want to miss.

    “For three years now Sharptop’s main fundraiser has been the Feathered Event where artists have donated birdhouses to be auctioned off.  This has


School budget cuts discussed in PHS' Dragons' Lair News


See this week's print or online editions for reports from the PHS publication, Dragons' Lair News. In this week's edition you'll find stories on how budget cuts are affecting class choice, commentary on the proposed water park resort in Talking Rock, and news about school happenings.

Pickens library "filled to the gills"


    Left: On a busy day after school, vehicles fill the parking lot at the Pickens County Library.

An expansion is targeted as a future SPLOST project.

    Visit the Pickens County Library at the busy time of day and you’d be hard pressed to find an empty computer. If you’re a teen you may feel like the redheaded stepchild with the sparse young adult choices on the shelves.
    “The library is filled to the gills,” says Sequoyah Regional Library System Director Susan White. “The book space is absolutely packed. If we want to add new items we have to take something else out, and we need a room for our young adults.”