Coach Chris Parker Steps Down as Head Football Coach of Pickens County Dragons

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FYN learned this morning the head coach of Pickens County Dragons, Coach Chris Parker, has made a decision to step down.  He has plans to remain as the District Athletic Director as indicated in his release below.  Coach Parker had a winning season this year which made history for the Pickens County Dragons.  TeamFYNSports will interview Coach Parker soon to discuss the future goals for the program.  TeamFYNSports and the entire FYN staff wish Coach much success in his continuing role with these young athletes and the Pickens School system.



ALL After School Activities will be Held as Scheduled Today

Community, Dragon's Corner

Jasper, Georgia — All after-school activities and extracurricular activities planned for today, December 10,
2018, will be held as scheduled.

Information will be posted on the Pickens County School District website at,
social media sites, and sent to local media.

Council progresses on City Manager at December meeting


JASPER, Ga. – With a review of city manager applications in November, the City Council was further updated at December’s meeting about accepted and Scheduled interviews for December 10 for candidates for the position.

With four interviews set for Monday, the candidate pool is shrinking towards a final decision to hire a full time City Manager. This position is currently being filled by former council member Jim Looney.

As the Council continues in executive sessions, they are to be advertised as meetings for the council to legally be in the same room for these interviews. However, the Council will immediately go into a closed executive session to perform the interviews.

After the interviews, it should not be long before the council makes their decisions and formalizes the personnel hiring at an official meeting.

Additionally at their December Meeting, the council officially adopted Sanitation Rate increases for six months of review. Council member Kirk Raffield noted in the meeting that during the six month period, he wanted a conversation and decision on the growth of the program and equipment. The new rates are as follows:

Residential – $20
Residential (Senior) – $18
Housing Authority – $14
Commercial (One Day) – $25
Commercial (Two Day) – $50
Commercial (Four Day) – $100
Commercial (Five Day) – $125
Restaurant – $150

City employees also saw a major change in Vacation Days and a Christmas Bonus for their careers in December’s meeting. Vacation policy changes were approved as proposed in the meeting by City Manager Jim Looney who stated, “Personnel Committee recommends that accrued vacation be changed from 40 hours per week to the scheduled hours that employees work. That would be a change for Firefighters to 56 hours, Police for 42, and Water and Sewer employees for 42 hours per accrued week.”

The bonus came later in the meeting. Looney also presented this proposal after a work session discussion. A motion was made to offer a Christmas Bonus and one-time Service Award for employees.

Less than one year of service – $150
One year to ten years of service – $250
Eleven to nineteen years of service – $500
Twenty or more years of Service – $750

Each of these amounts already have included within them a $100 Christmas bonus and the remainder is the one-time Service Award “to recognize the dedication of each employee.”


Jasper Annual Night of Lights 2018


JASPER, Ga. – It may have been at night, but there was no difficulty seeing the Jasper Merchants Association’s “Night of Lights” Christmas parade on Sunday.

Though the annual event is always scheduled for the first Saturday in December, this year saw the association postponed the festivities by one day due to rain issues. The one day made a major difference for the event according to the JMA’s report at the Jasper City Council. Reporting several phone calls thanking them for moving it, the report also noted that some citizens reported it was the best one they have seen so far.

The festivities kicked off a 4:00 p.m. with music, a nativity, Santa, and more as citizens gathered on a closed down Main Street to kick off Christmas.

As 6:00 p.m. drew closer the crowds huddled around the Pickens County Courthouse for the lighting of the Christmas tree ten minutes before the parade.

The parade also saw benefit from the delay as the JMA reported that they lost two groups from the delay, but gained the lit-up Semi-truck with Santa that originally was not able to join as it was in another parade on Saturday. They also noted the band and certain groups could not have participated in the rain.

The parade ended the night’s festivities, but FYN is proud to announce the JMA’s Night of Light’s parade float winners by judge’s decision.

The Best in Show Award went to Pickens High School as a whole for the Band, cheerleaders, and the 2018 6AAAA Football Region Champion Dragons.


Third place ended with a tie score between Talking Rock Realty and Devil’s Shadow Hayride.

Talking Rock Realty

Talking Rock Realty

Devil's Shadow Haunted Hayride

Devil’s Shadow Haunted Hayride










Second Place went to Angel’s on Horseback.















First place went to Trinity Tabernacle for their float “Jesus Rocks.”


Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 11/01 to 11/30

Arrest Reports

PCSO arrest report/photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.


Davis Henry Ellender: Obituary


Davis Henry Ellender

August 16, 1938 – November 21, 2018

Davis Henry Ellender, age 80, of Jasper passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at his home.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Jeremy Ruppenthal of Jasper; daughter, Monica Junot of Jackson, Mississippi; step-children, Barry Domangue and his husband, Kevin Welchel of Atlanta, Michelle Boone of Houma, Louisiana; ex-wife, Evelyn Ellender of Houma, Louisiana; grandchildren, Gavin Cook of Jasper, McKenna Cook of Jasper, McKenzie Ruppenthal of Jasper, Ansleigh Ruppenthal of Jasper, Jasper Ruppenthal of Jasper, Arden Ruppenthal of Jasper, Thatcher Ruppenthal of Jasper; step-grandchildren, Brandon Boone of Houma, Louisiana, Courtney Boone of Houma, Louisiana, and Zachary Domangue of Atlanta.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Ellender, seven brothers and sisters, and his parents.

Mr. Ellender will remain in the care of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory as he is cremated.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

Maurice Patterson Haynes: Obituary


Maurice Patterson Haynes

December 24, 1940 – December 1, 2018

Maurice Patterson “Pat” Haynes, 77, of Jasper passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in the company of his loving family.

Pat was a graduate of Cocke County High School in Newport, TN and attended Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN where he met his wife, Judy Mitchell.

His lifelong interest in electronics began as a hobby when he earned his amateur “ham” radio license at the age of 13. Recognized by his official call sign K4BEH, he was active on the air up to his last day. He was a founding member of the Jasper Amateur Radio Club and could be found with them in late June every year at Lee Newton Park as he enthusiastically participated in Field Day, an annual world-wide ham radio event.

His background in electronics opened doors to careers throughout his life beginning as a radio engineer and disc jockey in Chattanooga and Sevierville, TN before moving to Marietta, GA to begin a new career at Lockheed in quality control and as a flight line inspector. He left Lockheed and worked 25 years for GE Medical Systems as a Regional Service Engineer.

He and his family were members of the First Baptist Church of Marietta, GA until retiring to Jasper and becoming members of the First Baptist Church of Jasper. A deacon in both churches, his Christian faith was his foundation, giving him strength and assurance throughout his life but especially as he struggled with health issues in his later years. His Christian fellowship also provided him with lifelong friends that have been a blessing for his entire family.

A former member of the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary, he was instrumental in starting the courtesy cart, providing shuttle service for hospital patients and their families.

Pat is survived by his wife, Judy Mitchell Haynes; son, Edward Maurice Haynes; daughter, Michelle Haynes Pierce (Stuart Pierce); grandchildren, William Cassidy Haynes, Lauren Anne Pierce, Kyle Allen Pierce; brother, Dr. James H. Haynes (Mary Alice); sister-in-law, Susan Haynes; and many nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by his father, William B. Haynes; his mother, Josephine P. Haynes; his sister, Mary Jo Haynes Allen; and brothers, William E. Haynes and Charles D. Haynes.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Jasper in Pat’s memory. (198 East Church Street; Jasper, GA 30143)

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.

Online condolences can be made at .

George William Starsmeare: Obituary


George William Starsmeare

February 11, 1945 – November 28, 2018

George William Starsmeare Jr., age 73, of Ball Ground, GA went home to his heavenly Father on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

George is survived by his loving wife and constant companion of 52 years, Dollie Ann; his daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia Starsmeare Lee and Randy Lee of Charlotte, NC and Andrea Lee Cote and Eric Cote of Medway, MA; his grandchildren, Alyssa Brittany Cote, Kyle Zachary Cote and Derren Starsmeare Lee; and cousin, Beverly Stickland of the UK. George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Betty Starsmeare, Sr. and aunt, Marjorie Starsmeare Stickland of the UK.

George loved spending time with his family and friends; loved the water and boating, woodworking and watching football – especially his beloved NY Giants. George is a member of the United Methodist church and has served as the worship leader, Sunday School leader and sang for many years southern gospel revival concerts with his wife Dollie. George worked as a National Accounts Manager at W.R. Grace for 25 years, where he was a great leader and invested in the careers of those who worked with him. He also worked at Sherwin Williams for 10 years and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He is a founding member of the Etowah River Woodturners Club.

Services will be December 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at Roper Funeral Home and Crematory. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be planned for the spring 2019 in Hollywood, MD.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.

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