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Pilgrim Baptist in Nelson hosts special speaker for Black History Month


Minister Joseph T. Howard.

Submitted by Rev. John H. Brown, Pastor 

      On Sunday February 22, please join Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Nelson, Ga., as we celebrate Black History Month. The keynote speaker will be Minister Joseph T. Howard. The service will start at 11:30 a.m.

A look down the the original Hwy. 5


   A cotton gin near the original Highway 5.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer

      Bisecting Pickens County from south to north is a road familiar to all local travelers, Highway 515. Of course, this traffic artery has not always existed, and before the completion of 515 in the 1980s, the main means of moving traffic through the county was another road also familiar to Pickens countians, State Highway 5, or as it is now known, Old Highway 5. 

Execution set for Ga. woman convicted of husband’s murder

gasealGeorgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Kelly Renee Gissendaner, who is currently scheduled to be executed on Feb. 25, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for the 1997 murder of her husband Douglas Gissendaner.


Scheduled Execution

  On Feb. 9, 2015, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner may occur to begin at noon, Feb. 25, 2015, and ending seven days later at noon on March 4, 2015. Gissendaner has concluded her direct appeal proceedings and her state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.


Gissendaner’s Crime (Feb. 7, 1997)

The facts of the case, as presented at trial, show that Gissendaner married Douglas Gissendaner in September of 1989.

Gas prices roaring back up

Ga. price at the pumps rises 10 cents last week


Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 10.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.08/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 12.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.17/g, according to gasoline price website
   Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 107.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 4.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 1.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 110.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 
   “This past week gasoline prices saw the largest weekly incline since July, 2013. While the pace of increases will slow in the week ahead, we're looking at continued gas price increases over the next few weeks. Oil prices have risen, contributing to the higher prices, but also worrisome are the refinery strikes initiated over the last week that have oil companies scrambling to keep refineries online,"said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.

Update from former STAR students: Where are they now?



Submitted by Reeder Burch

As the Optimist Club of Jasper prepares for the 2015 STAR Banquet, the club is reaching out to former STAR students and STAR Student finalist to see what they are doing since graduated from Pickens High School. The club has heard from some STAR students that were part of the Optimist program and some STAR students prior to the Optimist sponsorship. Below are the responses that the Optimist Club has received.

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