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“Ginormous” gift will let blind student check out books

 Educators  go above and beyond to get braille books at JMS 



photo/Angela Reinhardt

Cherokee High School Media Specialist Anne Nechvatal, left, and Jasper Middle School Media Specialist Mary Perdue with 6th grader Charlee Ray. Charlee, who is blind, now has dozens of braille books thanks to the efforts of educators in the Cherokee and Pickens school systems.  

Jasper Middle School student Charlee Ray was visibly excited as a media specialist from Cherokee County unboxed braille books she’ll now be able to check out from the library.

“This is so awesome,” Charlee said as her fingers ran across the title pages – “A Dog Called Kitty” by Bill Wallace; a historical fiction series about the Titanic; “Fluffy Meets the Tooth Fairy,” and more. “They’re ginormous,” she told the librarians with a big cheshire grin. 

Growth in all forms discussed by public, city officials

‘Where do you want to live, Jasper or Jonesboro?’ asks mayor


 “Where do you want to live, Jasper or Jonesboro?” Mayor, seated in middle with hand high, demands vote of those in attendance.


Pickens County needs more growth, slow growth, no growth. We’re falling behind or are just fine the way it is. All manner of opinions were put forth at the August 22nd Comprehensive Planning stakeholder meeting. 

Some of the thoughts on the community came as supportive suggestions, others  were lobbed like hand-grenades. Some views were left unchallenged while others dissected and elaborated on at length.

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

End of the road for triple-wide


County crews demolish a triple-wide trailer at the county airport  Tuesday — the conclusion of a saga that began at Roper Park months ago. The triple-wide previously served as the home of the Boys & Girls Club for the county and sat in the park. When the club built their permanent facility, the county was initially going to have the trailer hauled away as scrap, but there was some thought it could be used as a temporary base for the airport.

Haven’s Helpers wanted for girl with rare disorders

“She  asked why God sent her back to me, and I said, ‘I guess He thought I needed you,” says mom. ‘Yeah, that’s what I thought, too,’  says  6-year-old with serious health problems 



Jessica Davis / Photo

Single mom Jessica Davis with her “36 pounds of personality,” Haven Sims. The Pickens Community Service Club has launched a Haven’s Helpers fundraising campaign  for Haven Sims, who suffers from a long list of medical conditions. Follow Haven’s progress on Facebook at “Haven the Mighty.” You can donate on their GoFundMe page or send it to the adress listed below. 


    Some people coast through life with no major struggles, but others are faced with challenges that seem insurmountable. 

     Jessica Davis and her six-year-old daughter Haven Sims have to deal with a set of challenges most people couldn’t imagine and a local service club is asking the community to help the family.  

County breaks ground on Moss fire station


       At the August 18 ground breaking ceremony Commissioner Rob Jones said construction on the Moss fire station #12 will be on the fast track, likely in six to eight weeks. 

The  property is located on Carlan Road, between Roper Road and White Pine Crossover in west Pickens. 

Pickens County Fire Chief Sloan Elrod said that residents in the area should not expect their ISO rating to go down immediately, and that it usually takes about a year before the station runs enough calls to get an ISO inspection. 

Jones said the building will be big enough to house fire trucks and an ambulance. 

Plans are in the works to build tornado shelters on the property with federal grants.