• UPDATE: Pickens Schools closed beginning Monday


    Pickens County Schools announced they will close all schools starting Monday, Oct. 26 through Nov. 6. Traditional students will transition to distance learning on Monday. The decision comes after the district had 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 584 students, teachers, and staff in quarantined. According to a press release from the system, the buildings […]

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  • Collins: “I enjoy waking up to the sound of freedom”

    Doug Collins, a contender for U.S. Senate in a field of 20, stopped in Jasper to talk to crowds and engage “in the sounds of freedom” at the Appalachian Gun, Pawn and Range. After voicing his support for the Second Amendment, farmers, and pro-life, the representative took time to try out the indoor range, even […]

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  • Next two football games cancelled for Dragons

    The next two football games have been cancelled for Pickens High School after “a large number of the football players” had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the school system. Friday’s home game against Ridgeland Panthers and the away game on Oct. 30 against Central Lions have […]

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  • “Alot of talk, no action,” Papdopoulos speaks about Barr

    George Papadopoulos pulled no punches on Attorney General William Barr’s actions when speaking to FYN at a campaign stop for Doug Collins on Wednesday. “What is William Barr doing? He’s been doing a lot of talking but there’s no action,” said Papadopoulos at the Appalachian Gun, Pawn and Range in Jasper. “Now we have (Hunter […]

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  • Early voting in Pickens has long lines but going smoothly

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    Early election Early voting is going smoothly  despite long lines and up to an hour wait. “The only issues we’ve had were with the state system.  The servers bogged down and we couldn’t process voters very quickly on the first two days, but the state had that fixed and the system works great now,” said […]

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  • Harmony to close after rise in COVID

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    Harmony Elementary will close this afternoon, after an increase in cases of COVID-19. The school will remain closed until Oct. 26. Parents were notified via email with a phone call scheduled to go out this afternoon. Students can ride the bus home this afternoon and the after school program will operate as normal today. Students […]

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  • UPDATED: State FFA president recognized at Pickens BOE meeting

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    The Pickens County Board of Education recognized senior Emma Long, a Pickens High School senior and state president of FFA. The daughter of Greg and Ann Long, she has been showing lambs and ewes since third grade and recently won in FFA’s national talent show, singing “Small Town Girl,” by Journey. She said her view […]

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  • Infant life-flighted, father faces multiple charges

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    An infant was life-flighted to the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with critical injuries and the father arrested for those injuries. According to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations: Scott W. Waters, 20, of Jasper,  was arrested on Thursday and booked into the Pickens County Detention Center on multiple charges […]

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  • Kemp tours Bodacious Foods, CAIRE Inc as economy perks up

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    Bodacious cheese straws Cathy Cunningham wanted her mama’s cheese straws to be to snack foods what Tabasco was to hot sauce-the name everyone knew. So, she launched Bodacious Foods in Jasper to produce Mama Geraldine’s cheese straws. The energetic Cunningham said she didn’t know anything about food, except she liked to eat it and that […]

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  • Aaron Holland selected to fill vacant BOE seat


    The Pickens County BOE heard about ESPLOST and named a new board member at Thursday’s meeting. New board member named Aaron Holland was selected to fill the vacant seat on the board of education. The unexpired term of Joeta Youngblood was left vacant after she resigned in late August due to a change of residency which […]

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  • Candidates discuss new chapter for the county


    Opening chapter The November election will start a new chapter for Pickens County, bringing in a new chairman of the board of commissioners. The debate opened with Shouse telling how he’d lived with a 100 families before being adopted at age 11 and starting a security company 22 years ago before trying contracting in 2011. […]

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  • Harmony places in top 12 of STEM Challenge


    Social media STEM Challenge Harmony Elementary School placed in the top 12 in the Georgia STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Challenge presented by Breaux and Associates Architecture Firm and received a check from the Atlanta-based firm. Doug Breaux said the firm initially started the challenge and shortly after, schools closed due to the pandemic, forcing […]

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  • “Freedom is why” Marjorie Green speaks to Whitfield GOP


    Protecting all freedoms, from faith to press, was Marjorie Taylor Greene’ told Whitfield County Republicans to cherish their freedom at Tuesday’s GOP meeting. Green is the Republican candidate for the 14th Congressional district. “Freedom is why we have so many people trying to come into America illegally,” she said. “It’s not for socialism.” She told […]

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  • Rezoning fees could increase in Pickens County


    Planning and Development is preparing to raise the cost of rezoning, by $350 in some cases. Justin Kilgore, Director of Planning and Development said the increase was neccessary because of the cost of doing rezoning. The rezoning process can range from between $725-$950 for paying the zoning commission legally required advertising and signage, and registering […]

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  • Pickens County BOE member Youngblood resigns

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    A member of the Pickens County Board of Education stepped down today. Joeta Youngblood resigned, according to a press release, due to a change in residency.  The board will select a person from the District Two where Youngblood served. The District Two area covers Talking Rock. She began serving on the board in January 2019 […]

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  • New VA Clinic opens and veterans respond to register

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    PICKENS COUNTY, Ga – The new VA Clinic in Jasper was busy on its first day with about 60 veterans registering for services by 9 a.m. The clinic will accept 500 patients starting out and plans to expand to 3,000 patients. “This place will be tremendous,” veteran Mike Menzel said after registering for services. He […]

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