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Friends of the Library Book Sale this week


     The Friends of the Library Community Used Book Sale will be held September 7th, 8th and 9th at Chattahoochee Tech. 

The members preview sale will be Thursday, September 7th from 4-6 p.m. If you aren’t already a member of the Friends of the Pickens Library, don’t worry - join at the door and get first pick of thousands of books! Become a member for just $15.

Update on city election candidates

Candidates who have qualified for city elections



 The following is a list of canditates that had qualified by noon on Friday, Aug. 25. Qualification for Talking Rock ended Thursday, Aug. 24. Qualification for Jasper and Nelson will end at 4:30 today. 


 From Election's office - 

 Jasper City Council (2 Seats)


Ryan O’Dea

Anne Sneve – Incumbent


Doug Patterson

Sonny Proctor - Incumbent

“Ginormous” gift will let blind student check out books

 Educators  go above and beyond to get braille books at JMS 



photo/Angela Reinhardt

Cherokee High School Media Specialist Anne Nechvatal, left, and Jasper Middle School Media Specialist Mary Perdue with 6th grader Charlee Ray. Charlee, who is blind, now has dozens of braille books thanks to the efforts of educators in the Cherokee and Pickens school systems.  

Jasper Middle School student Charlee Ray was visibly excited as a media specialist from Cherokee County unboxed braille books she’ll now be able to check out from the library.

“This is so awesome,” Charlee said as her fingers ran across the title pages – “A Dog Called Kitty” by Bill Wallace; a historical fiction series about the Titanic; “Fluffy Meets the Tooth Fairy,” and more. “They’re ginormous,” she told the librarians with a big cheshire grin. 

Growth in all forms discussed by public, city officials

‘Where do you want to live, Jasper or Jonesboro?’ asks mayor


 “Where do you want to live, Jasper or Jonesboro?” Mayor, seated in middle with hand high, demands vote of those in attendance.


Pickens County needs more growth, slow growth, no growth. We’re falling behind or are just fine the way it is. All manner of opinions were put forth at the August 22nd Comprehensive Planning stakeholder meeting. 

Some of the thoughts on the community came as supportive suggestions, others  were lobbed like hand-grenades. Some views were left unchallenged while others dissected and elaborated on at length.

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

End of the road for triple-wide


County crews demolish a triple-wide trailer at the county airport  Tuesday — the conclusion of a saga that began at Roper Park months ago. The triple-wide previously served as the home of the Boys & Girls Club for the county and sat in the park. When the club built their permanent facility, the county was initially going to have the trailer hauled away as scrap, but there was some thought it could be used as a temporary base for the airport.