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Flapjack 5K virtual race underway now -- get started running

The annual Flapjack 5K run in Jasper is going virtual this week. Unfortunately, we were unable to hold an in-person race but hope to do so in June 2021.

If you would like to support your local Optimist Club, you can run this race between now and Saturday on your own and then go to a website to enter your time.  As a registered runner, you will receive a great Flapjack tee shirt in fall colors!

Read more: Flapjack 5K virtual race underway now -- get started running

Dragon football games cancelled


PHS Dragons vs. Ridgeland Panthers Game Canceled for this Friday (home)

PHS Dragons vs. Central Lions Game Canceled for the following Friday (away)

Out of an abundance of caution and given that a large number of the football team has been in contact with someone who tested positive, the next two football games scheduled for Friday, October 23, 2020 and October 30, 2020, have been canceled based upon health concerns related to COVID-19.

Read more: Dragon football games cancelled

Free food boxes to be handed out Friday, Oct. 23rd

Lions Club and First Baptist Church bring USDA’s “Farmers to Families Program” back to Jasper

lions food


     The Jasper Lions Club and the First Baptist Church of Jasper are teaming up on Friday, October 23 for their second food box distribution.  People can pick up their free food boxes from 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Jasper. This is a photo from the first food distribution this June.



Submitted by the Jasper Lions Club


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced last month that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Earlier this month, the Department announced it had entered into contracts with 50 entities for another round of food box deliveries, which include contracts for purchases of up to $1 billion.  

Read more: Free food boxes to be handed out Friday, Oct. 23rd

Good Samaritan nurse urges breast cancer awareness


By Elaina Averett

Nurse Practitioner, Good Sam Clinic


About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during the course of her lifetime. It is important for women to understand that having an abnormal mammogram does not mean they have breast cancer. When a woman has their very first mammogram they may "fail" or have it show up as "abnormal," because radiologists compare old mammograms to new ones and if it's a patient's very first one we have nothing to compare it to. 

Read more: Good Samaritan nurse urges breast cancer awareness

Pickens schools learning choice deadline is October 25

Parents need to select traditional or virtual model for all students



The Pickens County School System is urging parents to select which model - traditional or virtual – they want their student to participate in for the second semester. Parents will make their selections on a form recently sent to all families via email. The deadline for submission is Sunday, Oct. 25. 

Parents must fill out the form again this semester for every student enrolled in the system. Parents will choose the traditional in-person model or the virtual model in which students will again use the Pearson Connexus platform. 

Read more: Pickens schools learning choice deadline is October 25