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Young Life: Good times and the Gospel

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     Bonnie Carlton / Photo

Fun-filled activities at the week-long camp allowed kids to be kids and encouraged interaction between them and their leaders. Pictured from left: Ethan Morris, Pete Bryant, Andy Weaver, Young Life Leader Jeff Anderson, Ian Burdge and Lucas Headrick play tug-of-war.

Thirty students from Pickens High School and six of their Young Life leaders, traveled to Windy Gap, a Young Life camp in Weaverville, NC for the best week of their lives, June 3-9.  The campers and leaders kicked off the summer as they arrived at Windy Gap, located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.

During their week at camp, kids from Pickens County had the opportunity to experience high adventure activities such as the zip line, horseback riding, NasCarts, the high ropes course and mountain biking. These activities at camp allow kids to be kids and encourage interaction between them and their leaders.  

Jasper on the hunt for leaks with 35 percent of water lost

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Schuyler Floyd, of Matchpoint, demonstrates how he detects leaks in the water line with a special sound device.

       Mid-morning, Thursday June 7th, a crew with Matchpoint, a water loss management company recently hired by the city of Jasper, was evaluating one of the larger leaks they found in the city’s water system. 

Muddy water gushed out of a hole in the ground and down the driveway of a Refuge Valley Road home. David Gunderson of Matchpoint said this leak was easily detectible because it was visible to the naked eye, but to find leaks in the system that can’t be seen they use special sonar equipment such as ground mics and headphones that allow them to “hear” those leaks in the lines. 

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You can now renew your tag at kiosks across the state


One of the new kiosk machines where Georgians can renew their tags.

By Tucker Green, PIO

Pickens County

The Pickens County Tax Commissioner’s office continues to make steady improvements to increase the efficiency of their operation. Under the leadership of Tax Commissioner Darrin Satterfield and his excellent staff, they have placed an increased focus on customer service. One of the new services offered to customers is the ability to renew their tag registration at kiosk machines across the state. The service can be utilized in 12 counties across Georgia for only a $3 convenience fee. Most of the machines are located at grocery stores (primarily Kroger grocery stores) within these counties. 

Knitting together a tapestry of fellowship, fun

Knitters, crocheters boast fellowship, fun while doing good here and across the world

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From bottom left to right: Sue Tate, Donna Garrison, Susannah Lyle, Brandi Dean, Emma Cox, Fran Smith, Nettie Corley and Sherry Maddox.

By Rosa Willis

Intern reporter


The Pickens County Yarner’s Club is a group that meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Pickens County Public Library to enjoy fellowship while working away at knitting, crocheting, embroidery and cross-stitch. The group welcomes anyone of any age to join. 

“Everyone is welcome. It doesn’t matter if you know how to work with yarn as long as you want to learn. Even if you just want to try, somebody here will help you,” group members say. 

Strike up the band: Rotary Club dedicates music area in Roper Park

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One instrument in the park has a color-coded book of songs to play ranging from “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to “Bingo.”


By Rosa Willis

Intern reporter


If you are walking through Roper Park and wonder where the delightful, melodic sounds are coming from, the new addition to the Rotary Peace Park is your answer. 

A ribbon was cut to officially open the Children’s Music Park located behind the Boys and Girls Club Wednesday. The park, courtesy of the Jasper Rotary Club, contains eight brand new, pitched, and weather-tolerant instruments. All the permanently-installed instruments  are handicap friendly and fun for kids of all musical abilities.