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Deadline extended to June 14th for military writing contest


       A writing contest for Pickens County's military personnel is in full swing. This contest is for those now serving or those who have served in the United States Armed Services. First prize is $100.  The contest has three categories: Combat; Non-combat and a special category for the immediate families of service men and women.  

May is National Military Appreciation Month. Members of the military seldom are revered as they should be. Whether it be peace time or a time of war, the service is a great interruption in people's lives. And it comes generally at the prime of life.

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Veteran’s Ride Crawl for a Cause this Saturday

Proceeds to benefit wife of deceased Pickens veteran


A shot of last year’s Veteran’s Ride Crawl for a Cause, which raised nearly $3,700 for a local veteran in need. This year, the wife of recently deceased veteran Wayne Jewell has been selected to receive proceeds from the event to help with medical costs.


This weekend you can come out for a good time and support a good cause at the same time at the Veteran’s Ride Crawl for a Cause on Saturday, May 18.

Each year organizers select a different veteran to support with proceeds from the event. Jasper resident Wayne Jewell was originally selected as this year’s veteran, with proceeds to help Mr. Jewell and his wife Pat with medical costs associated with his failing kidney and need for a transplant -  but Jewell passed away before the event due to his medical condition. 

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Joy House looks to meet fundraising goal for teen girls in crisis

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By Steve Lowe

Executive Director


The Joy House is seeking to complete the fundraising for our second girls’ home by July 1st. Will you help us meet our goal to open our doors and hearts to more teen girls in crisis?

For the past three to four years we’ve experienced more need for placement of teen girls in crisis than we can meet. This is the reason when we launched our current capital campaign we decided to build a second girl’s home. Our current girl’s home is full and we have families waiting for placement or we’re providing them referrals because their needs are urgent. 

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Jasper suspect sought in FBI meth ring bust

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Tim Barnes


FBI Press Release

Atlanta Field Office


Gainesville, GA – The FBI’s North Georgia Major Offender Task Force arrested six individuals and are looking for two more in connection with a methamphetamine distribution network that sold large amounts of the drug throughout north east Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.

The arrests were made on Thursday, May 9, 2019 when federal warrants were served in Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee and Pickens counties.

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New look and needed upgrades coming in two phases at Pickens Junior High

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     Above, the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the Pickens Junior High expansion, last Thursday. Below, the conceptual drawing of Phase 2, by Breaux & Associates Architects. Damon Howell / Above photo


Submitted by Pickens County Schools


Pickens County Junior High will have a new look when school doors open for the 2019-20 school year. Last week, an official groundbreaking took place on-site with school district officials, PJHS administrators, and representatives of both the construction and architectural firms in attendance. The building was originally opened as Pickens County Middle School in 1988.

Read more: New look and needed upgrades coming in two phases at Pickens Junior High