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Health Fair April 28th

It’s A Real Bargain: It’s FREE!



The Jasper Lions Club, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, and Georgia Mountains Hospice announce the 2018 Health Fair to be held Saturday, April 28 from 7 AM to 11 AM at Chattahoochee Technical College (Appalachian Campus) at 100 Campus Dr. in Jasper.

   Free screenings include: Hearing, Vision, Scoliosis. EKG, Height/Weight, Pulse, OX and Women’s Wellness Screenings. Sports Physicals will be done for PHS athletes. Blood Profiles will be done for $25.00 and Men’s PSA for $10.00. Those are greatly reduced prices. Come early as there is a limit on the number of tests done.

40+ Exhibitors will have booths with helpful information. Continental Breakfast will be available, as some blood tests need to be done “fasting”. 


 Above, John W. Weaver, Mayor of Jasper and Robert P. Jones, Chairman, Board of Commissioners signing the proclamation that April 28 is 2018 Health Fair Day. Lauren Cochran, and Mary Ghorley from Piedmont Mountainside, Gina Pendley from Georgia Mountains Hospice and Eloise Lindsey from the Jasper Lions Club look on.


PHS Drama’s Wizard of Oz opens this week

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PHS Drama students rehearse “Wizard of Oz.”

The spring musical is one of the highlights of the year for the talented actors, dancers, and singers in the Pickens High School Theater department. This year the family favorite, “Wizard of Oz” will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 19, 20, and 21 at the PHS Performing Arts Center. 

Directed by Valerie Boehm and Kelley Wilson with choreography by Clarissa Curtis and production design by Ross Galbreath and Jamie Makool, the PHS version will closely follow the original MGM film

production from 1939. 

Collins issues statement on Barbara Bush


     WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement upon the passing of First Lady Barbara Bush:

     “Barbara Bush’s commitment to earnest public service never waned. For decades, she translated compassion and conviction into thoughtful action, and she leaves behind an army of people who love her. My prayers this evening are with the Bush family and the rest of that grieving army.”

Draft of comprehensive plan available for review

The long in the works comprehenisve plan update has produced a first draft copy of the work, that was sent to those who had attended stakeholder meetings for the update of county plans.

The draft of the comprehensive plan compiled by the state is a starting point, said county planning director Richard Osborne. Osborne cautioned there are quite a few areas where it is important to remember this is still in rough draft form. He said there was some copy/paste by the state that will be fine-tuned on several points to reflect accurately the status quo of Pickens County.


To see entire 171 page report click here.

From e-mail to stakeholders:


Please review the attached draft comprehensive plan which includes the 2013-17 list of accomplishments and 2018-22 community work programs for each jurisdiction. If you would like to review a hard copy, come see me in the county admin building at 1266 E. Church St or call me 706-253-8852 and I’ll be glad to print out a copy for you.

Southern Gone podcast shines light on the missing, past and present

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        Southern Gone is a new podcast by Kristi Bryant of Talking Rock. Every other week the podcast will feature a story about a missing person from the South. 

Bryant invites everyone to “grab a chair, a glass of sweet tea and get gone with Southern Gone.” The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.


A new podcast from a Talking Rock woman called Southern Gone focuses on stories of people who’ve gone missing throughout the South. The podcast is a passion project for founder and host Kristi Bryant who spent three years in the early 2000s working for a private investigator and developing a passion for mysteries and finding missing people.