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Jasper man leaves on bike ride around the United States – literally

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    Mike McGhee leaving on “Clara” for a ride around the country. Follow his progress at his blog, Singing Cyclist Circles the States.

    It was raining lightly on January 1 when Jasper’s Mike McGhee got on Clara, his faithful recumbent bicycle, loaded down with all kinds of bulging bags plus a guitar strapped to the back.
    I mentioned something about the poor cycling weather, McGhee replied that if he were worried about a little rain, he wouldn’t be doing this at all.

70 pounds and counting: Blind man resolves to reach goal weight

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    Pickens resident Scott Rumery, who peaked at over 450 pounds (at right), has shed 70 but has a long way to go to reach his goal weight of 220.

      It’s been just over six months since Scott Rumery underwent bariatric surgery as a last-ditch effort to lose weight, having peaked at over 450 pounds.
    Rumery, who was blinded by the degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa, has always struggled with obesity. The self-proclaimed food addict said things reached critical mass and became a life-or-death situation. He couldn’t even walk from the bathroom to the living room without losing

Pickens gets ready for first winter storm

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Restocking bread shelves at Jasper's Ingles.


 As weather forecast centers are now issuing Winter Storm Warnings for Pickens County, local law enforcement officials are telling people to heed warnings early - and stay off the roads if snowy and icy weather hits.

Pickens schools have already announced they will release early today.

"We are watching the weather," said Georgia State Patrol Commander Tim Nichols. "We are sending a guy to help the DOT with roads. He'll travel with the brine trucks and they'll be treating roads starting Friday on the interstates in and around Atlanta.
Nichols said Georgia DOT will be very proactive with any potentially hazardous driving conditions following Ice Jam of 2014.
"We have plenty of warning so I advise people to go ahead and get supplies and rations," he said. "Get those today or first thing in the morning. Be prepared and if it does come stay off the roads. The least number of people we can have out there on the roads the better off we'll be."
Nichols said the option is to make preparations now then stay home.
"Since I have to work I'd much rather everybody stay home and off the roads," he said.

UPDATED - Six arrested for burglary

 [Updated -- Sheriff Office press release on burglary arrest ]

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A sheriff photo of the store in Talking Rock where the burglars attempted to break in.

 Deputies arrest 6 in Burglary of Jasper Convenience Store

   Pickens County Georgia, January 3, 2017: During the night of January 1st, deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office and Jasper Police Officers arrest 6 individuals for breaking into the Dunn’s Food Mart in Talking Rock Georgia.

   Deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office spotted a suspicious vehicle near the Dunn’s Food Mart located at the intersection of Hwy 515 and Antioch Church Road in Talking Rock Georgia. While the deputies were speaking with the two individuals, Jasper Police Officers confirmed that a break in had taken place at Dunn’s Food Mart.

As both agencies continued the investigation, 4 additional individuals were arrested in connections to the case. Detectives then began the work of processing the scene and learned that another convenient

Final Holiday Traffic Count for Christmas and New Years


     (ATLANTA) - The Christmas holiday travel period began on Friday, December 23, at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight on Monday, December 26. The New Yearís holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 30, and ended Monday, January 2. Both were 78-hours long. Below are the final results of the two holiday travel periods.