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Mason meeting at marble quarry expected to draw hundreds

     masons-waterfallAccording to Masons Charles Allen and Cliff Fisher, it’s very appropriate that local lodges will host a large gathering of other Georgia Masons at the former marble quarry on Cove Road on May 19th.

     Fisher, Allen along with members from seven lodges have spent several months organizing and sprucing up the city-owned property to accommodate the expected 200-300 people at their first annual event.

     Fisher said, “Mason history goes back to King Solomon’s temple and it is symbolic to hold a meeting in an old marble quarry.”

     The outdoor meeting to be held in Jasper is being called the Cove Waterfall Masonic Meeting. The meeting is being presented by Blaine Lodge, Pickens Star Lodge, Marble Hill Lodge, Ball Ground Lodge, Waleska Lodge, Sharptop Lodge and E.W. Hightower Lodge.

     The outdoor meeting will serve as part of the Masonic Lodge annual fundraiser which provides scholarships to local students and other charities in Pickens and Cherokee counties.

     The meeting will be held on Saturday, May 19th, and is for qualified Master Masons only.

     The local lodges however will offer the public a chance to see the waterfall setting off Cove Road on Friday, May 18th, as they offer barbecue chicken dinners for sale from noon to 2 p.m. For a ticket for the Friday chicken dinners, contact any member of the local lodges or Fisher or Allen with their numbers below.

     The Jasper gathering will join two other Georgia outdoor meetings in scenic/historic settings.

     In Valdosta in 1934 a lodge of Georgia Masons began a time-honored tradition of holding an outdoor Masonic Meeting in, of all places, a sandpit. In 1953, another group of Masons in Blue Ridge continued the tradition by beginning their own outdoor meeting on the side of a mountain in an old rock quarry.

Fisher and Allen both felt the symbolic value of using the waterfall location at the Cove quarry here.

     Allen said the local lodges came together as they realized the project was too much for any one group to handle alone. He said a young, inspired member of the Blaine Lodge attended the “rock quarry” meeting in Blue Ridge and began efforts to host such a meeting here.

     Georgia Masons have been meeting since 1734, after establishing the first Masonic Lodge in Savannah. Since then over 400 lodges have been formed in Georgia with approximately 47,000 members. Georgia Masons provide community services in their home counties, such as food and clothing drives, disaster assistance and children toy drives during the holidays. Georgia masons also own and operate the Georgia Masonic Children Home in Macon since 1904. This facility provides clothing and shelter for children and adults.

     A local press release asked, “Do you know a Mason? Maybe your grandfather or father was a Mason. Masons come from all walks of life. Famous Masons include Georgia Washington, the first president, and several other former presidents. Other famous Masons include Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, Jr., Gene Autry and John Wayne. In Jasper and Pickens County, the mayor, two city council members, the former Police Chief, the Pickens sheriff, the coroner, the former Magistrate Judge, and the Probate judge are all Masons.

     If you have any questions, please contact Charles Allen @ 678-895-2209 or Cliff Fisher @ 706-455-2249. We invite all qualified Master Masons to come to the mountains and enjoy the fellowship under the waterfall.

Hans Rueffert to Grand Marshal at Saturday's Relay parade

    RelayForLife-Logo This Saturday, May 5, at 6 p.m. Pickens Relay for Life organizers are inviting the public to the first annual Relay Parade on Main Street.

     The parade theme is “Around the World: Passport to Hope,” and floats will travel north to south starting from Old Federal Road to end at Spring Street across from Jasper United Methodist Church.

     Relay for Life is a program of the American Cancer Society that celebrates the lives of people who have battled cancer. Relay fights back against the disease with fundraising efforts that support cancer research and programs.

9th District candidates address TEA Party

     While not physically at last week’s Pickens Tea Party meeting, the spirit of current 9th District Congressman Tom Graves was invoked repeatedly.

     All candidates running for that seat this November wanted to paint themselves as the popular Ranger Republican’s heir – citing everything from regular pray sessions with Graves to being mentored by him at the state house.

16-year-old killed by SWAT sniper following standoff in Cherokee


     Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an armed person call Tuesday afternoon at approximately 5:50pm. The location of the incident was 921 Laurel Crest Drive inside the Eagle Watch subdivision.  Responding deputies determined a 16 year old male was armed with a 357 Magnum revolver and had threatened to shoot his mother. The mother, who was the 911 caller, was safely removed from the house; however the suspect remained barricaded inside the residence.

Worley Crossroads area residents be on the lookout for car break-ins

Updated Monday morning -- Arrest made for car break-ins

Press release from Pickens Sheriff

On Friday afternoon, April 27, Detectives from the Pickens Sheriff's Office made an arrest regarding the individual breaking into vehicles in the Worley Crossroads area. The individual arrested is a juvenile and has been turned over to the Juvenile Detention Center in Dalton, Georgia.
Thank you for all of your assistance. Please continue to remain diligent in securing your property and vehicles to make you a more difficult target of similar crimes.


Owners advised to lock cars


Original Press release from Pickens Sheriff


The Pickens sheriff's office received several reports of cars being entered and items being taken from them. The incidents appear to have occurred overnight and the primary location is in the area of Worley Crossroads, in the southern portion of Pickens County. At this time, all reports indicate that the cars were left unlocked and no force was used to break into the vehicles.

Please ensure that you remove personal property that may be of any value and that you lock all vehicles. Another way that you can make your home a tougher target would be to use flood lights or other outside lighting sources to deter a potential break in.

If you have any information that may assist in the active investigation, please contact the Pickens Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division  
at 706-253-8935.