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Celebrate a century of sunlight


By Christian Trejbal


Open Government Chair, Assoc. of Opinion Journalists


It was, perhaps, no coincidence that a century of “sunlight” was born during the winter holidays, when celebrants burn Yule logs, place stars atop trees and light candles to hold back the darkness during these longest nights.

On Dec. 20, 1913, Harper’s Weekly published “What Publicity Can Do” by Louis Brandeis. In it, he painted an image of transparency that still captures the imagination. “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman,” he wrote.


Jones Mountain dump now closed

Loose trash being accepted at Camp Road facility



    A former Jones Mountain landfill customer tosses a bag of garbage into the bin at his new drop-off point at the Pickens County Recycling Center. The center is located on Camp Road across from the Georgia State Patrol headquarters.


     In an effort to streamline operations, cut down on hauling fees and make dumping more convenient for Pickens residents, the dump on Jones Mountain has been closed and relocated to the recycling facility off Camp Road. 

Commissioner and mayor make case for SPLOST


   Mayor John Weaver and Commission Chairman Rob Jones discuss the one cent sales tax.

     County and city officials told members of the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning that continuing the one-cent sales tax is the only way to address the widespread road paving needs throughout the area.

Real estate nearing return to “normal”


By Ron Barnes
Associate Broker
Prudential Georgia Realty

    At our last meeting of the Pickens County Board of Realtors®, we enjoyed a presentation by Todd Emerson who is the current president of the Atlanta Board. The message is that we are nearing a return to “normal” in real

Father/son team raising money for all-ages music venue

“This isn’t about us putting on concerts,” organizer says,

“we want to really connect with the community.”

    Damien Allen and his father want to see a drug and alcohol-free music venue in Jasper that will eventually bring in touring acts from across the country. Make your donation at

     Anyone who has lived in Pickens has heard the complaint play like a broken record – “We like it here, but there’s nothing for kids to do in this town.”
    Damien Allen was one of those kids. He grew up near Nelson. He went to PHS and he now lives in town with his wife and two-year-old son.