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Optimists induct 2019 Legion of Character students

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2019 Legion of Character inductees and Optimists.


On May 20 the Optimist Club of Jasper announced the 2019 inductees into The Legion of Character. The purpose of creating the Legion of Character, now in its third year, is working together with the faculty of Jasper Junior High School in activities and programs throughout the year encouraging and supporting good citizenship and positive character traits in all PJHS students. Helping make all this possible have been Counselors Jana Champion and Elisha Roper.

Out of 743 students at Pickens Junior High School, 40 were selected from the 7th & 8th grades this year by the faculty to be inducted into the Legion of Character (LoC). During the induction at the school each of these students received a custom LoC T-Shirt and a pair of cool rubberized sunglasses. Among those on hand to congratulate these students were fellow Optimists Rob Jones, County Commissioner and Tucker Green, School Board Chairman as well as PJHS Principal Chadd Flatt.

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Bigfoot sighting reported between Ellijay and Blue Ridge

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The man who reported a bigfoot north of Ellijay picked this sketch out of an online database as being most similar to the creature he saw.

       Expedition: Bigfoot! [The Sasquatch Museum] Owner David Bakara takes Bigfoot sightings very seriously, and as head of the bigfoot reporting center for Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida he gets his fair share of sighting calls. 


Since the Blue Ridge museum opened just over three years ago, Bakara has received reports of over 200 sightings in Georgia alone, which he documents on a map on public display at the museum/research center. On May 22, Bakara made a Facebook post about a sighting that had been reported to him earlier that week in Cherry Log, between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. As of the next Tuesday, the post had over 4,000 shares and 2,600 comments from both passionate believers and passionate skeptics of the controversial creature.

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Esport team takes PHS’s first state championship in 44 years



Taken just after the PHS Rocket League Team won the state title Thursday, May 16. Coach Wil Nix (second row from back, center) with team members (second row from back, left to right) Carter Logan, Mason Watkins, and Eric Robinson.  


     “The best way I can explain it is it’s like soccer with cars,” PHS student Mason Watkins explains before he plays a video of the night he and his teammates won the Georgia High School Association’s Esports Rocket League State Championship. 

     The short clip shows dozens of PHS students cheering on Watkins and the two other players, Carter Logan and Eric Robinson, after they clinched PHS’s first team state title since 1974.

Watkins and Logan briefly explain “Rocket League,” which they say is “much more than a video game,” as driving virtual cars and pushing balls into goals. For competitions, teammates play remotely from a computer

Read more: Esport team takes PHS’s first state championship in 44 years

Heat, drought more than just uncomfortable for Ga. farmers


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Irrigation at work on the UGA Tifton Campus. It is May 23 and has been a couple of weeks since South Georgia has received substantial rainfall. With little to no rain in the forecast, farmers are utilizing irrigation to water their crops.



By Clint Thompson, 


Georgia temperatures are rising, and the weather is only going to get hotter with little rain in the forecast. That’s not good news for Georgia’s cotton producers who are in the middle of planting this year’s crop, says Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.

According to the UGA Weather Network at, temperatures eclipsed 90 degrees Fahrenheit in most of south Georgia this past weekend and are expected to reach 100 F by the middle of next week.

Read more: Heat, drought more than just uncomfortable for Ga. farmers

Memorial Day schedule

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The Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Sunrise Memorial Gardens on Monday, May 27. 

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m, and include special guest speaker Jim Brescia, new commander for American Legion Post #149. 

The ceremony will feature Boy Scout Troop #836, which will place flags on gravesites, a singing of the national anthem, and welcome by Pickens County Commissioner Becky Denney. 

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