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Back to school poster contest


Pickens County Schools will be having a “Welcome Back to School 2014-15” poster contest for grades 1-5. The posters are due to the Pickens County Board of Education (D.B.Carroll Street) office no later than 3 p.m. on July 16.  There will be a winner from each grade level. The winners will receive a prize and their posters will be published in the Back to School Newspaper Insert. 

The posters should be no smaller than 11x17, no larger than a regular size poster board and should be the student’s work. On the back of the poster, 

Editorial: Pickens County must unearth marble heritage

By Dan Pool

Pickens is not alone with a mining history in this area considering the Copper Basin right up the road. But with products from under our soil on grand display at the Lincoln monument and the U.S. Capitol, plus dozens of formidable buildings across the nation, we clearly can boast the most impressive legacy. 

The Copper Basin may have employed more miners at its peak, but most of what they dug up went into chemicals and industrial products.

Right here our Oglethorpe Monument, the marble courthouse, Tate school, Tate mansion, and working marble operations give a impressive glimpse of our past.

Regrettably our namesake resource is put to little use in drawing tourists. Plain ol’ apples one county north and the former copper operations in the smaller town of Ducktown have been used far more effectively to their communities’ benefit.

Doris Wigington Park opens


By Meagan Hurley
Staff writer

    June 28 marked the official ribbon cutting of Doris Wigington Park, named for the former Jasper City Council member. 
    Wife of former council member Bill Wigington, Doris took the place of her husband on the council upon his

Jesus, music and nature meet at Camp Grandview

Conservatory students to perfrom at Sharptop Arts Association on July 10


    Each Saturday night conservatory students perform in a concert to showcase what they learned the previous week. On July 10 at 7 p.m. a brass band of both students and staff will perform at Sharptop Arts Association.

    This is the 15th year in a row 22-year-old Tito Osibodu has spent her summer at Salvation Army’s Camp Grandview, and the 13th summer she’s spent at their Lyman C. Kimball Conservatory – a four-week program that brings kids from all over Georgia to study music and the arts in a Christian environment. 

Soil testing underway at water park site


    Jasper Mayor John Weaver (right) and Pickens County Economic Development Director Gerry Nechvatal (second from left) with two engineers at a newly-cleared access trail at the proposed water park resort. The group looks over a map showing the location of dozens of future boring sites on the property.

     In a step that local leaders say illustrates developer Port Royal’s determination to bring a massive water park resort here, engineers were on site Tuesday preparing to take soil samples in key areas. 
     See the print or online edition for comments from the Jasper mayor and county economic developer, and engineers on site this week.