General news and features
The Veterans Day events enjoyed perfect weather and good attendance this afternoon. Several hundred participants filled the bleachers and spilled into the lawn at Lee Newton Park for the ceremony, which included patriotic music from the PHS Band and Chorus, keynote speaker Steven L. Arnold, a retired U.S. Lieutenant General who has been inducted in the Army Ranger Hall of Fame, taps and a poignant reading of the names of Pickens fallen soldiers. The main stage ceremony was followed by a groundbreaking for the Veterans Memorial Park.
November 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 9.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.13/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.22/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District announces the hiring of Dr. David Wilds as Principal for
Jasper Elementary School.
Dr. David Wilds is a native of Statesboro, Georgia but has called Houston County home since 2005. He has
served as an Assistant Principal of Instruction at Lake Joy Primary School in Warner Robbins, Georgia, a very
high performing elementary school. Dr. Wilds earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and a Master of
Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University. He received an Education Specialist in Educational
A preliminary autopsy shows carbon monoxide poisoning likely killed a Bent Tree couple whose bodies were discovered in their home November 3.
The bodies of Richard and Wanda Zimmerman were discovered after security officers in Bent Tree went to their home to check on them after their water bill had gone unpaid. The unpaid bill was judged to be out of character for the homeowners.
Sheriff Donnie Craig said the couple had been using a kerosene heater inside the home. Craig said a test of the heater showed it was giving off high levels of carbon monoxide.
Plans for a Veterans Memorial to be built in Lee Newton Park, on the hill near the Pickens Senior Center. An official groundbreaking is planned in conjunction with Veterans Day ceremonies.
This year’s Veterans Day parade will be one for the history books, to include a very special event organizers have planned in conjunction with the Wednesday, Nov. 11 ceremonies.
The morning’s activities will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade down Main Street in Jasper. Organizers are still accepting applications for parade entries, and encourage walkers, military and other vehicles, wagons and floats and anyone who supports veterans to enter. Entry into the parade is free. Applications can be found on page 20A of this week's paper. They must be received by Friday, Nov. 6.
Also in this week's paper -- Read about one of the area’s most decorated World War II veterans, Page 16A