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Fatal wreck on Highway 108


Officers survey the site of a deadly crash on Highway 108 midday Friday, Dec. 11. 

      A motorist involved in a crash at the intersection of Highway 108 and Upper Bethany Road sustained fatal injuries, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The crash occurred at approximately 12:46 p.m. Early reports from GSP state that a Toyota 4 Runner ran a stop sign on Upper Bethany Road and ran into the path of a westbound dump truck. No other details have been released at this time. 

American Legion Auxillary hard at work for community


By Kelli Blohm,
ALA Unit 149 President
    Our ALA Unit 149 has worked hard this year to help those in need in the Pickens County Community. Our October 24th event BATTLE OF THE BANDS held at Rocco’s which raised almost $3,500 and we’ve been giving that back to the Pickens County area through different programs such as our gift to CARES of Jasper a few weeks ago.

Angel horses need to relocate for winter

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Damon Howell / Photo
Volunteer Evelyn Steiner and owner Leslie Elliott mingle with horses as they feed.

Submitted by Leslie Elliott
Executive Director
Angels on Horseback   

    Angels on Horseback, Pickens County’s 501c3 Therapeutic Riding Program needs to move its horses for the winter to allow the property we’ve been working on for nine years to rest. 
    Those of us who have property know that winter can be very hard on the pastures and erosion has been our constant rival.  We are a small center with only five horses and two ponies. An approximate

Rep. Graves Votes to Return Control of Education to States, Local Communities and Parents

tom-gravesWashington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for and the House passed the Conference Report to Accompany S. 1177 – Every Student Succeeds Act, bipartisan legislation that fixed differences between education bills that passed the House and Senate earlier this year. The bill replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) while prohibiting any federal involvement in Common Core.

“As the husband of a teacher and the father of three middle and high school students, I know that a one-size-fits-all education doesn’t work,” said Rep. Graves. “And after hearing from 14th District educators and administrators for years, I know we have far too much federal involvement in education, from high-stakes testing to Common Core.”

Jasper Lions offer free vision screenings for kids


photo/Jasper Lions Club
    Jasper Lions Club volunteer Joy Huddleston performs a vision screening on a child at Country Kids Daycare in Jasper on Monday, Nov. 16. The local group can now provide the voluntary vision screening at no cost for kids age six months to six years.

    Speaking at the Lions Club International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio in 1925, the iconic Helen Keller challenged the civic group to be “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”
    Since that time, Lions Club International has been dedicated to eradicating blindness with their glasses programs, indigent access to eye surgery, and most recently free vision screenings for children that some local clubs - like the Jasper Lions - have implemented.