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A look inside GBI’s child exploitation division

     GBI seal

     The same week a Pickens man was indicted on 26 counts of child molestation, aggravated sodomy, and a host of other nasty charges involving two very young victims, the GBI was investigating a child pornography case involving a different Pickens man who lived in Arbor Hills.    

Parks on east and west ends could be coming soon


      Sheriff Donnie Craig has offered support in performing clean-up work to re-open two parks. Above, an unused ball field on Yellow Creek Road.


    An old, abandoned ball field in east Pickens, which dates back at least to the 1980s, is a shadow of what it was while in operation.
    The pitcher’s mound is still visible, but the playing field is overgrown with weeds. The scoreboard is rusted out and the announcer’s box looks flimsy and rotted from the outside. The field itself is located at the end of a narrow, overgrown pathway behind the Yellow Creek Volunteer Fire Station.

Nothing set at old NAPA building


     The ongoing addition of a deck to the renovated building at the corner of Church Street and Main Street in Jasper (formerly called “Big Blue”) had the rumor mill in full force.
    Speculations were that the building had been sold by owner Luke Copeland and would soon house a new endeavor such as a steakhouse or micro-brewery, but Copeland stuck a fork in the conjectures when asked.
    “Nope,” he said. “We’re just getting ready to put it up for sale. I don’t know where that stuff gets started.”

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" on the stage



    Patrick Hall (right) and John Tinsley as guys bragging about their great dates.

By Nan Nawrocki

    Tater Patch Players presentation of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a musical opens this Friday. There are only four actors in the cast:  John Tinsley, Buffy Bezdek, Patrick Hall and Vanessa Stancil. But together they will introduce you to dozens of the funniest and most familiar folks you'll ever see on stage. 

Padgett gets Green Thumb award

    Keep Pickens Beautiful is proud to announce that July’s Green Thumb award has been presented to Troy Padgett and his Man Cave.

    Troy Padgett displays his antique cars in a garden of the prettiest flowers in all of Jasper. Keep Pickens Beautiful has awarded him the Green Thumb Award.
     Troy is a long-time Jasper resident who has returned to us after a short stay in Calhoun and added a lot of beautification to Church Street by way of his “Man Cave.”
    Troy has taken the closed shop next to Last Catch and turned it into a beautiful piece of nostalgia. Troy displays his antique cars among a garden of the prettiest flowers in all of Jasper.