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Kirby to be featured on "Kim of Queens"

Show airs Feb. 4 on Lifetime TV


    10 –year-old Pickens resident Erin Kirby is new to life on the pageant circuit, but in under two years the talented vocalist has earned over a dozen pageant titles and landed herself a spot on Lifetime’s Kim of Queens – a pageant reality show hosted by 1991 Miss Georgia Kim Gravel.

Weekend snack program meeting the needs of Pickens students


Volunteers pack snack bags for students who may be lacking food to take home for weekends. Food items can be donated during the school year by dropping off at Tate United Methodist Fellowship Hall on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Submitted By Shelley Cantrell,
Pickens County schools
     When a group of people see a need and work together, the results are often amazing and awe-inspiring.  That is exactly what happened when a few individuals realized that there are many children within the Pickens County School System who do not have sufficient food during the weekend away from school.  Students have access to

Propane prices rise as supplies run short

With more cold weather ahead and some delays in delivery,

homeowners should check proprane levels


propane tank

            As the second cold snap this year hit north Georgia this week, customers seeking to fill their propane tanks were faced with higher prices and a cap on how much they could buy from many distributors.

            Calls to area propane suppliers Friday morning showed prices ranging from $2.89 to $3.59 per gallon and one propane company representative said prices went “up 10 times in one week”.

            None of the six companies contacted Friday morning were taking new customers in an effort to ensure they could supply existing clients. Many were rationing deliveries to 100 or 150 gallons, down from a standard minimum delivery of 250 gallons, to make sure everyone who calls could get enough fuel to last through the bitter cold.


DOT out in full force to handle snow

“Drivers need to be slow and cautious,” says DOT engineer


 A shot of Main Street in Jasper with a blanket of snow early afternoon on Tuesday.           

  According to regional DOT engineer Sam Wheeler, his crews are in full swing to treat roadways being blanketed with snowfall expected to continue into the evening Tuesday, Jan. 28.


Fannin schools, sheriff investigating basketball game's tense ending

 Updated story in our e-edition includes comments from parents who were there.

pickens-county-schools-seal As parents and players on both sides are reeling from Saturday’s 8th grade boy’s regional basketball game between PCMS and Fannin County Middle School where a fight broke out after alleged racial slurs were yelled, administrators say they plan to address safety concerns for future games.

   Fannin County Superintendent Mark Henson said Monday afternoon that his office is trying to be proactive for future events, including this Monday night’s championship game where three resource officers and three referees will be on hand.

Fannin County Middle School’s gymnasium only has seating on one side of the gym, forcing spectators for both teams to sit side-by-side, and often enflaming already high tensions, especially at tournament level play.