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Catheads to buttermilk: The business of biscuits


BIG, FLUFFY, AND DON’T SCRIMP ON THE BUTTER - Biscuit Maker owner Bambi Winfrey and her crew bake hundreds of biscuits from the carry-out only location every morning. Breakfast biscuits are sold to hungry, on-the-go customers at convenience stores, restaurants, and fast-food chains across the county.

Damon Howell / Photo


Just before 9 a.m. on Friday, Betty McCoy, the cook at West End General Store, was filling orders as quickly as they came in. Fresh eggs were cracked. Bacon sizzled on the flat iron. A hot pan of cathead biscuits was coming out of the oven. 

A few customers got their breakfast on a plate and bellied up at tables inside, but most stood in line at the register to take their foil-wrapped rations to go. 

The scene mimicked so many other convenience stores and fast food chains in the morning – a frenzied rush of people who want to eat breakfast quickly before the work day, coupled with old timers and early risers who’d rather sit and enjoy. Each meal is different – some have tenderloin, some country ham, others bacon and eggs or gravy - but the common thread is the biscuit, a point of culinary pride for Southerners that evokes passionate discussion and clear-cut opinions about what makes one good. 

Only a few generations ago biscuits were made at home by women, a mom or grandma, but the landscape has changed

Schools closed Monday and Tuesday due to hurricane concerns


School District statement on Hurricane weather closures --  Due to inclement weather conditions,the Pickens County School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 11th TWELVE MONTH EMPLOYEES REPORT AT NORMAL TIME. Schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12. Twelve month employees will be contacted late Monday as to whether they will be required to come to work on Tuesday. All school activities, including athletic events and after-school programs, will be canceled.

Information will be posted on the Pickens County School District website at, the Infinite Campus parent portal, district and school websites and social media sites, and sent to local media. 


Grand Jury also not convening tomorrow, Tuesday

Due to Pickens County Schools closing the Grand Jury set to convene on Monday September 11th will not appear Monday or Tuesday September 11th and 12th due to possible inclement weather. They will need to call the jury info line (which is our regular number 706-253-8763) Tuesday September 12th after 6 pm for their instructions for Wednesday jury service?
Juvenile Court also canceled for Monday
Pickens County Juvenile Court has been canceled for Monday, September 11th due to the possibility of inclement weather. All cases will be rescheduled at a later date when determined by the court. If you have an attorney please stay in touch with him/her. 

Staying safe while hunting deer from a tree stand


        Statistics each year reveal that almost half of all hunting incidents are due to falls or other safety issues with tree stands, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.    

Following are recommended tips for keeping you safe while utilizing tree stands for hunting:

•When using a non-climbing portable or ladder stand, hunters should securely fasten the stand to the tree and install ladders or steps according to the manufacturer’s directions.

•Hunters should ALWAYS wear a Fall-Arrest System (FAS)/Full Body Harness during ascent and descent.  Be aware that single strap belts and chest harnesses are no longer recommended and should not be used.  Failure to use a FAS could result in serious injury or death. 

Jasper Merchants gear up for fall, winter events


Submitted by Paul Poore of JMA


As the end of 2017 approaches, the Jasper Merchants Association begins to shift into high gear to bring to Pickens County some of the biggest events on their calendar. Starting in September with the Community Open Market and going all the way into December to end with the 11th annual Night of Lights - Parade of Lights Christmas event.

The JMA begins their run of events on Saturday, September 16 with the rebranded Community Open Market that will start at 8 a.m. and run until 2 p.m.  With over 40 vendors of all types already confirmed to participate in this event, it will be one of the largest we have had. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for the following Saturday. This event will take place with the help of local business owner Kathe Hall of Green Acres 515. The Community Open Market will take place at 35 Hidden Creek Road in the vacant

Friends of the Library Book Sale this week


     The Friends of the Library Community Used Book Sale will be held September 7th, 8th and 9th at Chattahoochee Tech. 

The members preview sale will be Thursday, September 7th from 4-6 p.m. If you aren’t already a member of the Friends of the Pickens Library, don’t worry - join at the door and get first pick of thousands of books! Become a member for just $15.