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WWI lecture at Reinhardt focuses on bizarre troop accident at Etowah River

The Funk Heritage Center of Reinhardt University will host a free lecture on Wednesday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. Michael D. Hitt, a historical researcher and writer, has numerous publications concerning Roswell, Georgia and surrounding areas.  

His talk at the center concerns his latest research about a WWI tragedy that happened on June 16, 1918. On that date, a group of 50 men in a convoy from Georgia’s Camp Gordon, were crossing Steele’s Bridge over the Etowah River. The covered bridge had been constructed after the Civil War and it collapsed. A large Army truck with twenty soldiers fell 40 feet into the river. Three men were killed and 13 were injured. One of the rescuers was a nurse who had graduated from Reinhardt College.  

Who qualified for May 22 primary


Pickens voters will see some interesting political contests this spring with a contested race for the western commission seat with three Republican candidates and a contested school board race on the GOP ticket in the May 22 primary.

No Democrats qualified for any posts at the county level so, like most elections here, all the action will happen in the spring primaries. 

Aside from the contested school board race between incumbent Byron Long and challenger Tucker Green, two other school board posts were on the ticket. In both the incumbents bowed out and only a single candidate stepped forward. New faces Steven Smith, director of public safety at Bent Tree, and Joeta Youngblood, a longtime principal

Guns are no joking matter on school campuses


There have been 11 investigations into possible threats about guns or violence at the Pickens Middle School campus and three or four at the Pickens High campus since the shooting on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

None of the local investigations turned up any credible evidence of actual intentions to carry out violence by the students.

Interestingly, there have no reports of similar threats at the Jasper Middle School during the same time.

School Superintendent Carlton Wilson said at this time in America there is heightened sensitivity to violence and a zero tolerance attitude that allows no leeway for a young student who utters any word about guns or violence in jest or in anger.

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Shamrock Stroll Saturday Downtown: 0.5K race to help Reinhardt students from Jasper

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Reinhardt University wants you to “party for a cause” this Saturday at the inaugural Shamrock Stroll in downtown Jasper. As part of their A Day for Pickens, a fundraiser that has raised over $30,000 since July 1st for Pickens County students who attend Reinhardt, the Shamrock Stroll is both designed as a celebration and recognition of Reinhardt University’s benefits for local students. 

“We wanted an event to raise recognition for Reinhardt and to bring together a group of people in the downtown area,” said Dale Morrissey, director of Development and External Relations at Reinhardt University. “We hope everyone comes early and shops and eats in downtown.”

Schools issue statement on national student walkout


National School Walk-Out - March 14, 2018

In order to clarify the events that will be occurring tomorrow pertaining to the National School Walk-Out movement scheduled for 10:00 a.m., March 14, 2018, Superintendent Carlton Wilson would like to announce that the following activities will take place at Pickens High School, Jasper Middle School, and Pickens County Middle School.

PHS will have a short assembly to honor those who have fallen victim to school violence. During this assembly, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a presentation challenging students on ways to prevent school violence and bullying.