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Youth Art on display March 22 - March 24 for Youth Art Month


 Creative works from Pickens County art students in grades K through 12 will be on display at the Southern  Appalachian Folk School, 255 Chambers Street, Jasper, GA 30143. This multi­ media exhibit, sponsored by Pickens Arts & Cultural Alliance (PACA) and Southern Appalachian Folk School, highlights Youth Art Month, a national celebration sponsored by the Council for Art Education.  The annual celebration, which typically takes place in March, emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in Georgia schools.


Smiling faces fill first Shamrock Stroll

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Robin Dunn / Photo

More than 250, plus dogs and children, joined the Shamrock Stroll 

Saturday. Organizers hope it will become a yearly tradition.


With perfect weather and a large turnout in green, the inaugural Shamrock Stroll in downtown Jasper left Irish (and other) eyes smiling.

The short walk down Main Street followed by a family friendly party at the grassy area on the corner of Spring Street was hosted by Reinhardt University as part of their scholarship program “ADay for Pickens,” which has raised $30,000 for local scholarships since it was started last July.

The event held in the late afternoon saw an outstanding turnout, with more than 250 registered Shamrock strollers sporting their finest Irish-themed attire most of whom stayed to enjoy the food, beverages, games at the city’s green space park along with music from the C.C. Morgan band.


Business movin' & shakin' on Main Street

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       There’s a lot of action right now in the downtown Jasper landscape, where numerous businesses are either opening for the first time, changing ownership, or moving to new locations. By mid April an existing downtown business is moving into the old Hallmark store, above, which hasn't been inhabited in several years. Get the scoop on what's going down with downtown businesses in this week's print or online editions. 

76 arrested in operation "Southern Impact II" targeting child sex crimes


GBI Press Release 


   Decatur, GA – A total of 76 people were arrested and 13 children were rescued or identified as victims during a mutually coordinated operation between eight (8) southeastern states. The joint, proactive operation, Operation Southern Impact II, was coordinated by nine (9) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces in those eight states and focused on persons who possess and distribute child pornography and those who are sexually exploiting children in other ways using technology and the internet. 

   The planning for Operation Southern Impact II began approximately 4 months ago and culminated in 2 days of investigative actions to include search warrant executions, undercover operations, and arrests in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. A total of 222 law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies participated in the operation.


     The arrestees, ranged in age from 17 to 72.  Some of their occupations included postal worker, non-profit employee, small business owner, store clerk, mechanic, daycare administrator, pastor, construction worker and magician.   During the operation, 136 search warrants were executed and 100 knock and talks were conducted in those eight (8) states. During those search warrants and knock and talks, 736 digital devices were previewed and 1,255 digital devices were seized.  Of those devices seized, 235 were mobile phones.  These investigative actions resulted from both reactive cases such as cybertips received by each ICAC Task Force from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and proactive cases such as peer-to-peer investigations and proactive, on-line undercover investigations. 

Seniors want “meaningful” tax cuts

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        Seniors seeking increased school tax exemptions gathered  at the Jerusalem Community Center Thursday for the first of three meetings to hear the latest research from their leaders and re-affirm that they won’t be satisfied without “meaningful”  cuts to their property taxes.

Group leader Charlotte Williamson began by presenting a detailed recap of the efforts to determine what the impact of reducing the property taxes on seniors would be on the other taxpayers left to make up the shortfall in school funding.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions.