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The final trip... done how he’d want it

“It was our last ride together,” said widow


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    The family of Pickens resident Norman Mulkey, who passed away on  Dec. 25, 2016, asked that he be transported from the funeral home to the gravesite in his favorite pickup truck. Here, pallbearers unload the casket as survivors, including wife Becky, look on. 

It was early afternoon on a Wednesday when Norman Mulkey was laid to rest just beyond the crest of a hill at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  

The December 28th funeral procession that traveled there from Cagle Funeral Home snaked down the long drive that led  from the garden’s entrance to the gravesite, where final, teary goodbyes were said and hugs were exchanged. 

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood



The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.  

Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected. 

“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.” 


Homeless vet and wife need help


Donations requested for temporary housing



It’s been about two weeks since John Naves received a text about a disabled veteran and his wife who were struggling with serious health issues and had no place to live. 

Since that time Naves, founder and chaplain of a new charity dedicated to serving the poor and hungry in Pickens, has worked exhaustively to help the couple. Now Naves and other Love thy Neighbors volunteers are reaching out to the community for donations to help the Johnsons.

Jasperse gives legislative session preview





  Representative Rick Jasperse speaks to the Rotary Club. Education, health care, cannabis oil, gun control, religious liberty and casino gambling to be center stage in Atlanta.


By Max Caylor

Rotary member


“Following Governor Deal’s Amendment 1 defeat by voters he will be rolling out Plan B to address failing schools in Georgia as one of his main agenda items,” said District 11 Representative Rick Jasperse speaking at Rotary last week highlighting the 2017 legislative session.

Jasper man leaves on bike ride around the United States – literally

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    Mike McGhee leaving on “Clara” for a ride around the country. Follow his progress at his blog, Singing Cyclist Circles the States.

    It was raining lightly on January 1 when Jasper’s Mike McGhee got on Clara, his faithful recumbent bicycle, loaded down with all kinds of bulging bags plus a guitar strapped to the back.
    I mentioned something about the poor cycling weather, McGhee replied that if he were worried about a little rain, he wouldn’t be doing this at all.