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Smoking Ban proposed for Roper Park


    Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em?
    Not if the Pickens County Recreation Advisory Board gets their wish – a total ban of smoking at Roper Park facilities that would include the entire 40-plus acres of baseball fields, tracks, parking lots, the community center and the new Boys & Girls Club facility.

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Remembering the Punching Poet, February, 1971

Local writer/filmmaker recalls a day with the Champ
Ali     photo/ Dan Huth’s personal collection
    Muhammad Ali shoots a commercial for Vitalis Hair Tonic, at Miami Beach's 5th Street Gym. The boxing great was in training for his upcoming 1971 title fight with Joe Frazier.   The author is on the ladder holding a microphone.


By Dan Chandler Huth
    Spring had come to Miami Beach.  The air was balmier, the breezes softer, the Cadillacs from New York were replaced by Buicks from Michigan.
    Trudge up a narrow stairway to the Dundee’s Fifth Street Gym and you emerged to the sound of leather hitting canvas and the pungent smell of decades of sweat. Boxers of all sizes, speeds and colors were hard at work in every corner.

Purdy appointed as PHS principal


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     Press Release from the Pickens County School System - The Pickens County School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Purdy as Principal of Pickens High School. Mr. Purdy served as Principal of Jasper Middle School since 2014.
     Mr. Purdy is a native of Rome, GA. He earned a Bachelor’s in English Education from Piedmont College and a Master’s of Health Science from the University of Alabama. Prior to being the Principal of Jasper Middle School, he

Peace, love and art cars June 11

Antiques & Art Car Artist Market Saturday, June 11
    Why let boring happen to your car when art can happen to it?
    Why go with a standard one-tone paint job when you can paint an eccentric, brightly colored mural and attach flamboyant items to the hood, roof and bumper? 

School Board Post 1 runoff between White and Cowart July 26


     The school board Post 1 runoff between Katherine White and Mike Cowart will be the only race on the ballot July 26th.
    In the primary vote last week, White, a former classroom teacher, took 44 percent of the vote with 1,715 ballots against the current school board chair Cowart’s 39 percent with 1,524 votes. Third candidate Larry Cantrell received 17 percent of the votes.

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