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Youth Arts Show runs through April


    Sharptop Arts Association Executive Director Jeanette Bottari, and board members Audrey Webb and Nancy VanSant set up for the elementary youth show, which ran through last Sunday, May 17. The Youth Art Shows, sponsored by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, will continue through April 28.

Submitted by Sharptop Arts Association

    Sharptop Arts Association is excited to once again be hosting the Youth Art Show for students in Pickens County, and we would like to invite the public to come out and see firsthand the beautiful art our children can create.


Live video of peregrine falcons set up by DNR




One of the SunTrust Plaza falcons.


ATLANTA, Ga. (March 13, 2013) – Atlanta’s fast-flying falcons are on the nest, and the world is watching again – but this time via video streamed at up to HD quality!


A new web camera operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources offers a fascinating look into a peregrine falcons nest more than 50 stories high in downtown Atlanta.


The peregrines began nesting in early March and already have three eggs. The new camera is streaming the nest 24/7 on Ustream, at and at the Georgia Wildlife's FalconCam.


Jim Ozier, program manager with DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section, said the web cam is “a wonderful opportunity for Georgians and wildlife enthusiasts around the world to witness in detail the life history of this once very rare and elusive species. It's great to be able to share and build upon this success story."


First Baptist Church of Woodstock opens satellite campus in Hill City




Woodstock Baptist/Jasper Campus Pastor Eddie Rhodes preaching at the former Mt. Hope Community Church in Hill City. Mt. Hope will become the first satellite campus of Woodstock First Baptist Church located off Hwy. 92.


Two weeks ago, the Sunday morning service was a little different for members of Mt. Hope Community Church on Hwy 53 West, located directly across from Hill City Elementary.

Emblazoned on a screen behind the pulpit was “Woodstock Church/Jasper,” the church’s new name, and Eddie Rhodes from First Baptist Church of Woodstock was introducing himself to the congregation as the new campus pastor.

“Their leadership came to us,” said Woodstock First Baptist Church Pastor Johnny Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. “They came to us and they said they may lose what they had. They were at a point where they couldn’t pay their pastor. They could pay rent but there was no money for ministry and they needed help.” 


See more of the megachurch's plans in Pickens County in this week's e-edition.


PHS teacher facing charges for striking student


Updated:  Sheriff Office Press release

Detectives with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office have obtained a Criminal Arrest Warrant for Larry Cavender, a teacher at the Pickens County High School. The warrant is for the offense of Simple Battery, committed against a high school student.

According to the initial incident report, On March 8th, a student in Cavender’s classroom reported to the School Resource Officer and school officials that Mr. Cavender had struck her across the face in the classroom. Upon the completion of their investigation, Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detectives sought and obtained a Criminal Arrest Warrant from the Pickens County Probate Judge for the offense of Simple Battery.

Mr. Cavender has cooperated with Detectives throughout the investigation and he voluntarily turned himself into the Pickens County Adult Detention Center once he was made aware of the issued warrant.

Original Story

 A Pickens High School teacher will be charged with simple battery for striking a female student in the classroom last week.

   The veteran male teacher is accused of striking the student a single time, which did not cause any significant injury. The name of teacher was not included in this story as they hadn't not been arrested yet. The teacher was expected to turn himself in later Monday afternoon.

  Lt. Kris Stancil said it was a single strike to the face which left a small mark on the student. He said it was not an attack or more serious assault.

   At this point, the sheriff was not prepared to release information on what lead up the incident.




Plein Air contest to bring live, outdoor painting to ArtFest



Artist applications now being accepted 




By Angela Reinhardt

staff writer

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Jasper ArtFest organizers are breathing new life into this year’s event with the addition of an outdoor painting competition on Main Street in Jasper. 

“En Plein Air” is a French expression that translates to “in the open air.” In the art world it quite simply means painting outdoors, on location. 

ArtFest organizers added the Plein Air Paint Out Celebration in hopes of bringing an exciting element for event-goers, and to encourage more artists to get involved.