Using a track-hoe, county employees tackle the mound of mattresses discarded next door to the Thrift Store when it is closed. The county says this situation must be brought under control, while the Thrift Store founder says it’s illegal dumping the county needs to address.
A massive pile of discarded mattresses left beside the Community Thrift Store looks just as nasty as you think they would.
“Worse,” said Thrift Store founder Don Russell of the mattresses that number somewhere between 200 and 400 in a mound on an empty lot on Samaritan Drive.
The mound was slowly eroding with the county employees using a track hoe to load the soggy mattresses one at a time into dumpsters and a county dump truck for removal to the Whitestone inert landfill, all at taxpayers’ expense.
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Ag Pro took first prize at the Jasper Merchant's Night of Lights parade.
By Max Caylor, Progress contributor
A large crowd of 1,500-2,000 people lined Main Street for the 13th annual Jasper Merchants Association Night of Lights Christmas Parade last Saturday night featuring 52 entries. Mayor John Weaver was the Grand Marshal and the Honorary Grand Marshal was city council member Kirk Raffield.
Ag Pro's float won first place, Inspire Entertainment was second, and the First Baptist Youth was third. The Pride of Pickens band was proclaimed "Best In Show."
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The Arbor Hills neighborhood, off Lumber Company Road, welcomes the community between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. through the holidays to view the lights they have installed at the entrance and on homes throughout the large subdivision.
Organized by Lea McMillan, the community has holiday light arches at the entrance (“quite a chore”) and McMillan volunteered her family to help any residents who couldn’t string outside lights.
This is a first-year effort to “promote Christmas spirit” locally McMillian said and hopes those
With Christmas still a couple weeks away, Toys for Tots’ Pickens chapter has already served over 1,000 children, which exceeds the 880 children who received toys through the program last year.
“Our main coordinator Amy Hamby’s goal is to serve 1,500 kids this year,” said Toys for Tots Assistant Coordinator Richard Wilson, “and I think we’ll make it.”
Donation boxes can be made at the Toys for Tots headquarters at 934 East Church Street in Jasper (in the same strip as Escape & Evade and next to the old Fred’s store) Mondays, Fridays, and
Recently updated data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) shows that per capita personal income in Pickens County grew by 4.35 percent from 2017, to $47,887 in 2018.
Per capita personal income is personal income divided by population and residents here saw their incomes grow by almost $2,000 in 2018 over the previous year. Ten years earlier, in 2008, Pickens County’s per capita income was $35,008.
Pickens’ $47,887 per capita personal income figure leads our 15-county Northwest Georgia region. Murray County is the lowest in the region at $29,968.