General news and features
The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) will come through Pickens County on June 4-5 with 1,200 riders, many with families, spending the Monday night here.
This is the 33rd Annual BRAG. This year riders will start in Fort Oglethorpe and travel to Dalton on Sunday. On Monday, June 4, they will ride 50 miles from Dalton to Jasper. On Tuesday they will continue from here another 50 miles to Roswell. BRAG ends this year on June 9 in Tiger, Ga.
Jacobs honored by city – Pickens High Basketball Coach Kevin Jacobs was honored at Monday night’s city council meeting for achieving his 300th career-win. Jacobs was recognized for taking his PHS team to the state tournaments for the past two years. He began coaching 19 years ago at West Rome High School and has lead teams to state tournaments 10 times. While at Jefferson High School his team won the state class A championship. During his coaching career Jacobs has been named Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tip Off Club.
Jacobs holds 71 of his 300 wins with PHS.
In a 4-1 vote with Councilman John Foust casting the sole dissenting vote, Jasper’s city council gave the go-ahead to allow residents to vote in the July referendum on whether they will allow Sunday alcohol package sales.
After being approached by private citizens regarding the matter, Mayor John Weaver last month put the question to the council. The referendum will be placed on the July 31st ballot and could allow package sales on Sundays by retailers for malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits.
Gov Deal signs SB 370 with (from left) GBI Director Vernon Keenan, House Speaker David Ralston, Sen. Buddy Carter, Sen. Ronnie Chance, Yvette and David Burnett, Rep. Matt Ramsey and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
Gov. Nathan Deal today signed legislation that outlaws all forms of synthetic marijuana in the state of Georgia.
“These synthetic substances pose an enormous risk to our public safety,” said Deal. “As the usage has dramatically increased, instances of violence, bodily harm and even death have risen with it. I applaud the GBI and the General Assembly for their fast work on this legislation, which addresses a pressing need.”
Pickens crews handle five house fires in less than 36 hours
It was “all hands in,” said County Fire Chief Bob Howard, as fire crews battled five blazes since Monday.
Pickens crews had battled five unrelated house blazes in the previous 36 hours, County Fire Chief Bob Howard said in an interview early Tuesday morning.
Two occupants of a Highway 53 home in Marble Hill were transported to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation but were recovering without problem, according to a relative. No other serious injuries to residents or fire crews were reported. Howard said the crews did an outstanding job with the hectic pace.
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Keep Pickens Beautiful is please to present the March Green Ribbon Award to Jasper Old Fashion Barber Shop, located at 630 East Church Street, Jasper. Owner Mary Caraway has transformed the building into an old fashion barber shop complete with a red, white and blue barber pole.
Inside you will find many reminders of yesteryear complete barbering tools and antique barber chairs. Her shop is a real trip down memory lane inside and out. Mary has been open at this location one year next month and has three employees, including her daughter.
KPB would like to thank Jasper Old Fashion Barber Shop for bringing a new fresh clean look to an interesting old building.
L-R: Misty Sullivan, Mary Caraway, owner, Heather Butler and not pictured Crystal Pendley.