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          A giant blue autoclave rolled down Main Street on a transfer truck Thursday. It was made at American Autoclave Company, Pioneer Industrial Blvd. in Jasper. AAC President Robert Stack says this is the fourth one they have produced since the company relocated here 10 years ago. This particular one will be used by a manufacturer of airplane parts in Dallas, Ga. 

The trailer used had a rotary mechanism which allows easy manueverability, aptly demonstrated as they turned right in front of Jasper Drug Store.



Doc Severinsen to perform at Falany Performing Arts Center Jan. 9


Doc is a Grammy ward-winning trumpeter known both for his time leading the famous Tonight Show with Johnny Carson band (and his notoriously flashy outfits) as well as his own prolific recording and touring. Joined by trumpeter virtuoso Byron Stripling and his quartet, Severinsen performs a tribute concert entitled Trumpet Kings, celebrating the greatest jazz trumpeters of the 20th century. Guests will enjoy hearing the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and of course, Doc. 

Severinsen will perform on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center. Adult tickets are $50-$55, seniors $45-$50, and children $20-$25.

For more information contact the Falany Performing Arts Center Box Office at 770-720-9167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dog-gone, then rescued from storm drain

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       Pickens County Animal Control Officer Nicole Strickland pets a heeler named Kathy after it was rescued from a culvert in Tate. 


Kathy, a heeler, got a Christmas miracle after she was rescued from a culvert at her owner’s residence on Rabbit Town Road in Tate. 

Pickens Animal Shelter’s Animal Control Officer Nicole Strickland was sent out on the 911-call last Wednesday, Dec. 20. 

Neighbor Diane Ingram said Kathy’s owner, who she called “a big animal person,” had noticed his dog went missing and started searching for her. 

“In Tate, there are ditches that are in front of a lot of the houses, and he had his filled in and a culvert runs from mine into his yard,” she said. “He said she had gotten in before but was able to get out.”

Veterinarian wants to privatize animal shelter

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   Veterinarian Dr. Craig Chester talks at the meeting about the animal shelter.

At their December meeting, Veterinarian Dr. Craig Chester, owner of Animal Medical Clinic in Jasper, gave a presentation to county commissioners regarding his proposal to take over operations at the Pickens County Animal Shelter.  

Pickens resident William Bell began the presentation. He said, “In the spirit of the American Humane Society that does such a good job in the country, we want to do something in that fashion for the citizens and animals of Pickens County.” 

Bells’ daughter Jessica Bell, a former employee at Animal Medical Clinic, is 16 months away from completing veterinary school and would come on board as an employee of Dr. Craig’s at the shelter if a deal is hammered out between the two entities.  

School board ends year with action-packed meeting

• Schools/grades re-aligned

• $3 million in renovations approved, including artificial turf at PHS

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Superintendent Carlton Wilson takes a question during a public presentation of the grade level/calendar choices last week.

        In an action-packed called meeting December 21, the school board took a slew of decisive actions that will affect all 4,500 students in the system in the next academic year.

The biggest change will re-align grade configurations and campus designations. The change will affect all schools, except the high school. 

         See this week's print or online editions for full story, including new grade configurations and construction plans.