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Cowboy Church brings together believers of all types

A cowgirl, a rabbi, and a congressman walk into a barn . .

Rebecca Hamption, left with Rabbi Gary Maxted and his wife Cheryl and some of the 

15 horses of Cowboy Church on Henderson Mountain Road.


A cowgirl, a rabbi, and a congressman walk into a barn . . .

Not the start of a joke, the above serves as a partial program for the Ole Time Camp Meeting now underway Cowboy Church on Henderson Mountain Road.

Having started Saturday, the local church, which really is in a barn and with 15 horses, will boast the most diversified group of Christian speakers likely to ever grace the same pulpit in North Georgia throughout the rest of this week. (See schedule in this week's print edition.)

Among the speakers for the daily services are Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig, U.S. Congressman Tom Graves and many pastors from churches and organizations in Pickens County.

Among the eclectic speakers, you will find the unlikely combo of Cowboy Preacher Joe Ed Smith on Saturday followed by Rabbi Gary Maxted of the Tikvah L’Chaim (Hope for Life), a congregation in Cherokee County, on Sunday.

Last week, Cowboy Church leader Rebecca Hampton sat down with Rabbi Maxted and his wife, Cheryl, to discuss the unlikely relationship between a group that uses the motto, “Ropin’, Ridin’, Eatin’, Singin’, & Preachin’ Christ” and a Messianic Jewish Congregation with a name, Tikvah l’Chaim, few people in these parts can pronounce.

Ms. Maxted said, once they were introduced, they found a lot of similarities between their congregation and Hampton’s church. “In its purest form, the Old Testament teaches you to do what is right. Rebecca teaches the cowboy way, ‘you do what is right.’”

County pool open

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Above, head lifeguard Matthew Godfrey and Pickens County Maintenance Supervisor Eric Chalkiadi make some final repairs before the pool opens this weekend.

 

Monday afternoon, maintenance workers at the county pool were busy preparing for opening day, expected to happen sometime over Memorial Day weekend.

     “We’ve got the pool filled and all the chemicals in,” said Pickens County Parks & Recreation Department Director Melinda Goss. “Now we’re just waiting for our final inspection from the health department, and we can open it up. We think that’s going to be this week sometime.”

Think gas prices rise before a summer holiday? Only a myth, says expert

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Georgia, May 21- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 6.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.70/g, according to gasoline price website GeorgiaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 36.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 30.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 13.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Basement being dug at courthouse

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                                                      Jeff Warren / Photo
Thursday, May 10, saw two earth-moving machines continue to gnaw at red earth set to move, making way for the coming four-story courthouse addition. At bottom, the new building will include a “sally port” underneath for transferring prisoners between vehicles and the new justice center.
Shown: a view from Court Street. At left, the Courthouse Annex. At right, the back of the existing marble courthouse.

The art and strategy of Magic

     magiccardsWhether just for fun or serious competition, Aury Friedman of The Fastest Dog believes the complex world of Magic can foster new levels of critical thinking and strategizing among the games’ players while they cast spells and launch attacks and counter-attacks with their creatures of fantasy.

     Friedman, whose computer store is located beside Quiznos on West Church Street, hosts game nights at his shop on Friday nights for both newbies to the game of Magic and for avid, long-time players. Each game of Magic, according to Wikipedia, represents a battle between mighty wizards, known as planeswalkers, who employ the magical spells, items and fantastic creatures depicted on individual Magic cards to defeat their opponents.