Jordann Wood became the first Pickens County rodeo contestant to every take home the first place buckle at the state level last weekend.
Jordann Wood of Jasper won first place for the 2019 Pole Bending GA High School Rodeo Association State Championship. Last weekend, Jordann took home the average and yearly buckle at the State Finals in Perry. Jordann is a junior at the Mountain Ed. Charter High School.
Not only is Jordann the first Pickens County rodeo contestant to ever take home the first place buckle at the state level, but she achieved this riding the oldest horse in this year’s competition. Her amazing mare, Jessi, proved herself
2019 Legion of Character inductees and Optimists.
On May 20 the Optimist Club of Jasper announced the 2019 inductees into The Legion of Character. The purpose of creating the Legion of Character, now in its third year, is working together with the faculty of Jasper Junior High School in activities and programs throughout the year encouraging and supporting good citizenship and positive character traits in all PJHS students. Helping make all this possible have been Counselors Jana Champion and Elisha Roper.
Out of 743 students at Pickens Junior High School, 40 were selected from the 7th & 8th grades this year by the faculty to be inducted into the Legion of Character (LoC). During the induction at the school each of these students received a custom LoC T-Shirt and a pair of cool rubberized sunglasses. Among those on hand to congratulate these students were fellow Optimists Rob Jones, County Commissioner and Tucker Green, School Board Chairman as well as PJHS Principal Chadd Flatt.
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The man who reported a bigfoot north of Ellijay picked this sketch out of an online database as being most similar to the creature he saw.
Expedition: Bigfoot! [The Sasquatch Museum] Owner David Bakara takes Bigfoot sightings very seriously, and as head of the bigfoot reporting center for Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida he gets his fair share of sighting calls.
Since the Blue Ridge museum opened just over three years ago, Bakara has received reports of over 200 sightings in Georgia alone, which he documents on a map on public display at the museum/research center. On May 22, Bakara made a Facebook post about a sighting that had been reported to him earlier that week in Cherry Log, between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. As of the next Tuesday, the post had over 4,000 shares and 2,600 comments from both passionate believers and passionate skeptics of the controversial creature.
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Irrigation at work on the UGA Tifton Campus. It is May 23 and has been a couple of weeks since South Georgia has received substantial rainfall. With little to no rain in the forecast, farmers are utilizing irrigation to water their crops.
By Clint Thompson,
Georgia temperatures are rising, and the weather is only going to get hotter with little rain in the forecast. That’s not good news for Georgia’s cotton producers who are in the middle of planting this year’s crop, says Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.
According to the UGA Weather Network at www.georgiaweather.net, temperatures eclipsed 90 degrees Fahrenheit in most of south Georgia this past weekend and are expected to reach 100 F by the middle of next week.
A writing contest for Pickens County's military personnel is in full swing. This contest is for those now serving or those who have served in the United States Armed Services. First prize is $100. The contest has three categories: Combat; Non-combat and a special category for the immediate families of service men and women.
May is National Military Appreciation Month. Members of the military seldom are revered as they should be. Whether it be peace time or a time of war, the service is a great interruption in people's lives. And it comes generally at the prime of life.