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General news and features

Unopposed mayor on Jasper’s past, future


John Weaver is running unopposed for another term as Jasper’s mayor this year. In an interview last week, he wasn’t exactly sure how many elections he has won to retain the post, though he remembered that he took office in August 1992.
    At that time, Weaver was running a fitness club and made his first foray into politics to win the open mayor post after another longtime mayor, Lee Newton, died while in office.
    The first election was hard-fought with another former mayor and a council member among the four-person field. Since then Weaver has mostly been unopposed or won handily.

    During an interview at City Hall, Weaver both recapped his long career and looked ahead to the next term.

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

Reward offered for burglary information

Updated story - Break-ins tied to two suspects in this week's print/e-edition.


Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detectives are continuing to investigate an increase in burglaries that have occurred between the dates of August 12, 2015 through September 11, 2015   The majority of the burglaries have occurred at businesses in the community. The consistent entry method in the burglaries has been by means of forced entry either through a window or through an exterior wall.  The most common items taken have been jewelry and currency.


Detectives are hopeful evidence collected at the crimes scenes will lead to the identity of the perpetrator (s).  In addition, anyone with information related to these burglaries is urged to contact the Pickens Sheriff’s Office.


Georgianna residents petition city hall for speed bumps

georgianna-street-traffic 9861    There are multiple signs along Georgianna Street cautioning motorists to slow down, but residents say it's not enough to keep them from speeding along long stretches like the one above.

     Residents along Georgianna Street in Jasper have presented a petition to city hall asking that “low rise speed bumps” be installed when their road is repaved under current plans.

Free outdoor events for national hunting and fishing day


   No matter if you spend a lot of time outdoors or are brand new to such recreational activities, you will most certainly enjoy any of the many FREE celebratory events scheduled for National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Local stray “Ace” finds work in law enforcement

ACEAnimalShelter “Ace” the Beagle mix as he leaves the local animal shelter to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture program where he is training as a drug detector.
    “Ace” the Beagle, has found his way from a Pickens County stray to work as a drug detector with the United States Department of Agriculture.
    When Pickens Animal Shelter Director Phillip Tippens was called to pick up a stray dog outside of Garner Ace Hardware on East Church Street this summer little did he know the Beagle mix would wind up in law enforcement.