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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.
Andy Thompson, pictured above, is leaving the Red Cross after serving as director
of the local chapter for over 16 years.
In the time Andy Thompson served as director of the local Red Cross chapter, he has seen a lot. During those 16 years, the Tate resident has been up close and personal with nearly every natural or manmade disaster in the northeast region.
Thompson was there for the 1998 tornadoes that killed 12 people and affected nearly 200 homes in Gainesville. He was there for the floods in Ellijay that displaced hundreds of families. He has been on the scene for countless house fires, and many, many other tragic events.
Just before his last day as head honcho with Red Cross’ Northeast Georgia Chapter on Friday, March 16, Thompson sat down with us to talk about how things have changed with Red Cross in the time he has been there.
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