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PHS football: Dragons finish season


    Senior QB Tanner Brumby picks up some yards in the NW Whitfield season finale.

For Brumby and 12 other seniors this would be their final game as a PHS Dragon.

     The Dragons football season ended last Friday night at the hands of Northwest Whitfield. This was the second meeting between the two teams this year. Pickens traveled to Northwest in week two of the season for their first region cross-over contest. That game was won by the Bruins 25-13.

Legos at the Library




The Pickens Library recently launched a Lego Club with almost 20 people showing up for the first meeting last week. They plan to begin holding regular meetings after the holidays. At the kickoff meeting, members were provided with Lego blocks and were welcome to create whatever their imaginations thought up. 

See more information on this new library  in our print  or e- edition this week.



Local vet responds to pet medication scare

Pet Medication Scare In The News

By Lyn Lewis D.V.M.

Wayside Animal Clinic

This Monday, Channel 2 Action News ran a story on a heartworm product Trifexis killing dogs.  What a sensational story, a scandal, something that could cause widespread panic.  In fact we have gotten many phone calls on this issue since they started advertising this story last Friday.  It has really stirred the pot getting a lot of pet owners concerned.  This whole story’s basis comes from a Facebook page, not scientific literature, someplace for people to come together and bash a product without having to provide any proof.  When I looked at this page, the most recent post tells how they have kicked off and blocked some Facebook users for defending the product!  Overall it doesn’t seem very fair to me.


But there has to be a shred of truth to almost every rumor right.  I had our office manager pull up the amount of Trifexis and Comfortis we have sold which is just a little above 10,000 doses. 

Honoring Our Veterans by Congressman Doug Collins



By Congressman Doug Collins

This week, we recognized Veterans’ Day.  Veterans’ Day is an opportunity to express gratitude to real-life heroes like U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Sean Adams of Gainesville, who lost his legs, left thumb, and a finger in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.


 I could list thousands of Georgia veterans, each with his or her unique story of service and courage. Each deserves our thanks every day of the year.


 In the U.S. Air Force Reserve, I had the privilege of coming along side our nation’s finest during their times of need at Balad Air Base in Iraq. As a chaplain, I ministered to those who bore the wounds of battle. Every day, I was inspired by the courage and determination of soldiers who, despite pain and suffering, could not wait to return to the field in the service of their country. 



My time in Iraq also opened my eyes to the stress our men and women in uniform experience during and after deployment. Away from loved ones for an extended period of time, under constant threat of attack, I saw men and women facing some of the most difficult days of their life. These strenuous conditions make reintegration into civilian life deeply challenging for many members of our military.


15 wild boars trapped in Big Canoe; more still roaming





Last Wednesday Cain’s Wildlife Removal, hauled the 11th wild boar out of Big Canoe after they were contracted by the community’s property owner association to begin trapping in October. See video of them preparing the pig for transport.

Then earlier this week they caught four more of the feral pigs including one reddish colored pig. It is thought the capture of four removes one complete group of pigs from the gated community, but at least one more group and possibly two are still rooting in the upscale mountain community.

Mike Cain of Cain’s Wildlife Removal thought there were up to 30 wild pigs there to start with, divided into at least two sounders (technical name for a group of pigs).


Read the rest of this story at our e-edition or in our print edition, now on sale.