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Piggin in the Park BBQ this week at Lee Newton

Kansas City Barbeque Society Sanctioned event with 35 professional teams

and Kids Q Cook-Off Friday, Saturday



Have fun, great barbeque, and brew at the 1st annual Piggin in the Park barbeque competition in Jasper scheduled for July 19th and 20th.  The Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned barbeque will be hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Pickens (PCAP), and the proceeds will go to the organizations ongoing efforts to prevent the abuse and neglect of our community’s children.

Are you aware that Pickens County has one of the highest rates of DFACS interventions per capita in Georgia? When DFACS has to remove a child from a home, even in the most extreme situations, it feels like a death to the child.

Read more: Piggin in the Park BBQ this week at Lee Newton

School Board hears summer construction updates, approves teacher pay scale

school building

     The Dragon Opportunity and Virtual Academy (DOVA) building will house five classrooms for vastly different programs.


The Pickens school board held a quick regular meeting July 11 with their chair Tucker Green using Skype to lead the meeting while on vacation. This marks the first time that Green, who is a UGA student, has used the teleconferencing option. A board member is allowed to participate in two meetings a year via teleconferencing. 

Several board members said the meeting went okay and the superintendent commented at end of the board

Read more: School Board hears summer construction updates, approves teacher pay scale

Coin Show in Jasper July 13


Photo/ Pickens County Coin Club 

George Wynn, a member of the Pickens County Coin Club, talks to attendees at a previous show about his coin collection. This year's show on July 13 is the 11th event of its type featuring coin collectors, hobbyists and dealers.


Submitted by Pickens 

Coin Club


The Pickens County Coin Club will host its 11th coin show Saturday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation Community Center (544 Georgia-515, Jasper). The event and parking are free and all ages are welcome and encouraged to come and learn about coin collecting.

Read more: Coin Show in Jasper July 13

Jasper council sued by Shouse

Council member Sonny Proctor sued individually for defamation

city of jasper seal color

        The city of Jasper and all five council members have been sued by a landowner who said they violated his constitutional right of due process, effectively condemned his property, and violated their public duty when they did not make a motion to either approve or deny his request for annexation and rezoning.  

The property in question is owned by Manitoulin, LLC, whose principal is David Shouse, a Pickens County commission chair candidate for 2020 and the general contractor/landlord for the VA clinic slated to open later this year on East Church Street. Shouse requested a 2.73-acre parcel behind QuikTrip on Highway 515 be annexed into the city limits and zoned commercial, which Jasper’s city manager called a “transitional zoning” from its current county zoning of Neighborhood Commercial. 

     See full story in this week's print or online editions.

Fireworks: The thing behind the bang


500 pounds of fireworks in 700 shells light up the town




Matt Owings is loading two of the 700 shells to be used in the spectacular aerial display.


By Max Caylor

Contributing writer

It is 10:05 p.m. on the night of July 4th and Chad Sweat, the crew leader of Pyro Shows said, “I am about to go boom.” 

He was preparing to fire 500 pounds of fireworks across the dark evening skies of Jasper to conclude the Independence Day celebration coordinated by the Lion’s Club of Jasper. 

The 700 shells had been loaded in their mortar racks and were ready to be shot from the Lawson pasture just west of the old PHS football field and across from Newton Park.  

Sweat used a wood framed firing board to manually ignite each rack of fireworks by flipping a toggle switch.

People gathered in bank, church, cemetery, and school parking lots and on the side of any road where  they could view the dazzling pyro display. The impressive 15 minute  aerial display was sponsored by Entegra Bank and Goss Equipment at a cost of $10,000.  

The three-man crew from Pyro Shows from Lafollette, TN needed most the day to setup for the evening show. The company has almost 50 years experience and puts on about 1,000 shows each year with over 400 being around July 4th. Other Pyro affiliates are located in Alabama and Texas.

“We offer pyro technician training leading to licensing and becoming a professional Pyro,” said James Woods the southeastern sales manager for the company. Pyro Shows has produced the Jasper fireworks for the past six years.  For more information about the company or training visit .