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Winter Farmers Market ideal spot for gifts

farmers market indoors

Be sure and come the next market on November 24 at Pickens County Chamber building.


By Heather Giambra

Hooray for the holidays. Our first winter market got off with a real chill. An early freeze this year, however, it was a full market of crafts, cakes and coffee. Knitting, sewing, and crochet was well represented, including locally home-grown yarn. Hugs & Kisses by Antonia had plenty of knitted items like placemats, washcloths and even plant pots with sweater covers. A creative idea for indoors or out.

Two Daughters Bakery enticed the customers with slices of Cranberry White Chocolate cake. It was definitely, a holiday season flavor surprise, that had some licking their lips just thinking about it.

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Dec. 2nd Holiday Tour of Homes to feature Proctor house

Proctor house 513 S. Main snow

     The home of Dr. Sonny and Karen Proctor at 513 S. Main Street. The home’s rich history will add to its appeal during the upcoming Tour of Homes.


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Tour Committee


The ACES Youth Home will hold its first Holiday Tour of Homes in Jasper.  Presented by Piedmont Mountainside, this year’s walking tour will take place on Sunday, December 2nd from 2 until 7 p.m. and feature five decorated homes on South Main Street in Jasper.  

Our featured home for this week will be the home of Dr. Sonny and Karen Proctor.  The Proctor home at 513 S. Main St. is rich in the history of Jasper and Pickens County. Land deals, romance, shootings, and moonshine all are part of her history. Built in 1921, five years before the Tate House, and designed by Atlanta architectural firm Burge and Stevens for R.L. McClain, a local business man and entrepreneur,  the Colonial Revival home has architectural

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$1 million scratch-off winner in Jasper


Owners of the Marathon gas station on East Church Street in Jasper have a photo of the million dollar winning ticket displayed on their door. 


       Last Saturday was a lucky day for one mystery man, who a Jasper convenience store owner said won $1 million on a Royal Riches scratch-off ticket – top prize for the game. 

Mohammad Sohail, owner of the Marathon gas station on East Church Street, said the customer is a regular who drives a truck. Mohammad’s wife Nazia was working when the man bought the ticket. 

       See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

A Christmas Story opens next week at Tater Patch


photo/Maralie Thomas

Ralphie (Grayson Ludington) getting his mouth washed out with soap.


By Nan Nawrocki

Tater Patch Players


The team behind A Christmas Story is indescribably wonderful. There is the added delight in creating the  scenery and costumes for scenes that don't appear in the movie..... a safari, a rootin'-tootin' old timey shootout with the bad guys, and a visitor from Oz, just to name a few. 

The Tater Patch volunteers have built scenery (and changed some of it a couple of times). They hung new curtains and painted, painted, painted. They've built stumps for a certain stagehand/cowboy to sit on.  Costumes

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Tate is revitalized

New businesses bring back old memories for residents


photos/ Angela Reinhardt

Mimi’s Eats & Treats owner Sherry Schillaci, left, and John Bell assist customers during lunch. Mimi’s is one of several new businesses in Tate that have brought new foot traffic - and new life - to the Pickens community. 


      Rewind a few years and the heart of the Tate community, the intersection at highways 53 and 108 locals call “the Tate four way,” was a ghost town - a shadow of a place that once bustled with activity. The strip of buildings that housed the Allred & Jordan Drug Co. and soda fountain for a half a century, a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, a bus stop, and the old Post Office were vacant. The train depot was by most accounts an eyesore – dilapidated and succumbing to the elements.  

     But in what could be likened to the planets aligning in favor for the tiny unincorporated community, the area has been revitalized by builders and business owners who wanted to see it thrive again. A new soda fountain and drug store modeled after the old Allred & Jordan Drug Co. strikes a familiar, nostalgic chord, while it and other new businesses bring a renewed sense of pride for Tate residents. 

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