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Volleyball season opened this week

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photo/ Suzy Price
    Alexandria Heffner, Olivia Ragano and Ashley Craig battle to score during a combined volleyball practice of JV, C-team and varsity at Pickens High Thursday. The Pickens High School volleyball teams are practicing  to prepare for the 2015 season ahead, looking forward to their first home game on Thursday, August 13th. The visiting teams will be from Adairsville and Murray; the Varsity game will begin at 5 p.m., with JV and C-Team games at 7 p.m.  See volleyball schedule in this week's print or online editions.

$150-200K price tag expected for disc golf, mtn. bike park

Developers seek community involvement
Talking-Rock-Nature-Preserve-sign    Signage was posted at Talking Rock Nature Preserve last Thursday, July 30 that features rules and a park map. The photo was taken from the Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land Facebook page. You can access the preserve off of Carnes Mill Road.
    A Tuesday, July 28 presentation from Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land Executive Director Bill Jones revealed more details about proposed plans for the Talking Rock Nature Preserve, where the trust has announced they want to develop a passive-recreation area including disc golf, mountain biking/hiking trails and a bird sanctuary. 

Audit shows big strides in Pickens finances


     Pickens County commissioners got a solid report from their auditing firm last week with news that revenue has increased while county spending was cut in 2014.
    In 2014, total General Fund revenues were $21,575,826 and total expenditures were $19,919,408, according to the audit.

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

Mayor, council seats up for election in November

    Ten offices are up for grabs in local elections later this year, including seats currently held by Jasper Mayor John Weaver and Talking Rock Mayor Carol Opdenhoff.
     In addition to the two mayoral seats, three council seats are up for election in Nelson, three in Jasper and two in Talking Rock. 

CARES Food Pantry in dire need of funding

“I know God will provide,” says director. “He always has.”
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     Since CARES Food Pantry was founded in 2004 the organization has only run out of money twice - once in 2008 and  now.
    To avoid cutting services in ‘08 the non profit - which provides food and other aid to needy Pickens families - took out a loan. Now CARES Executive Director Larry Starr said the board of directors is again faced with the same difficult decision. Do they cut services or borrow money on faith, not knowing where or how it will be repaid?
    “We’ve had to empty out our emergency funds, which was about $15,000,” said Starr, who explained that after their fiscal year ended this June they “had nothing left over. We had to start paying bills from the emergency fund or delay paying bills and now it’s gone.”