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$20 million price tag projected to replace Jasper Middle School


By Eileen Steinhauer
Contributing writer

    Twenty million dollars is the approximate amount needed to build a new school to replace Jasper Middle School, according to discussion at last week’s called board of education meeting.

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Ga. Wood Stork nest numbers dip, but remain strong

wood storks   

Photo/ Tim Keyes/GaDNR
Wood stork nests near Camilla seen during a June survey flight.

     BRUNSWICK, Ga. (July 27, 2015) – Although nest totals fell slightly from last year’s record high, Georgia Department of Natural Resources surveys documented strong wood stork nesting this spring and summer.
      Wildlife biologist Tim Keyes, wood stork survey leader for DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division, said aerial and ground surveys in May estimated 2,496 nests in 22 colonies. Follow-up surveys this month documented high productivity. The agency’s Nongame Conservation Section and partners such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

New stained glass windows make Our Lady Of the Mountains one of most beautiful churches in state


Photos/Our Lady of the Mountains
The Agony in the Garden window being installed at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church earlier in July. This is one of two windows recently installed at the local Catholic Church at the intersection of Highway 108 and Refuge Road. This window was designed to catch the afternoon light; the other window the morning light. “Each of these Garden Windows are complex compositions, containing nearly 1,000 pieces of stained glass,” according to information provided by Our Lady of the Mountains.

From Our Lady of the Mountains website

    On Sunday, July 19th, Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper (Hwy. 108) welcomed the two newest stained glass windows to arrive from Beyer Studio in Philadelphia. 
    They represent the second of three stages of windows we expect in this project. We call these highly pictorial windows our Garden Windows in that both the Agony in the Garden (that faces the evening sun) and The

Moto Mountain Park closed for film production



     This sign is posted on the door of Motorcycle Bob's in west Pickens. 

         If you get gas or snacks at Motorcycle Bob’s or off road at Moto Mountain Park you’ll have to wait, because they’re both closed while Warner Brothers films on the west Pickens property, according to a sign on the door. 

A hand-written sign on the door of Motorcycle Bob’s convenience store/restaurant on Highway 53 - the same place ATV riders register to use the Moto Mountain Park - says they will reopen on September

Pickens Habitat ready to build again


    With permits in hand, construction on the first of at least seven new homes in the New Hope Acres subdivision is ready to begin.
    Pictured are left to right Grady and Sue Hopper, Construction Chairs, Steve Greenwell President. 


Submitted by Habitat for Humanity

    After over 20 months delay since the last build, Habitat for Humanity Pickens County Inc. (HFH-PC) has in hand its first building permit for a home in New Hope Acres subdivision.