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Bigfoot sighting reported between Ellijay and Blue Ridge

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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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Heat, drought more than just uncomfortable for Ga. farmers


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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, 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.

Read more: Heat, drought more than just uncomfortable for Ga. farmers

Memorial Day schedule

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The Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Sunrise Memorial Gardens on Monday, May 27. 

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m, and include special guest speaker Jim Brescia, new commander for American Legion Post #149. 

The ceremony will feature Boy Scout Troop #836, which will place flags on gravesites, a singing of the national anthem, and welcome by Pickens County Commissioner Becky Denney. 

Read more: Memorial Day schedule 

Esport team takes PHS’s first state championship in 44 years



Taken just after the PHS Rocket League Team won the state title Thursday, May 16. Coach Wil Nix (second row from back, center) with team members (second row from back, left to right) Carter Logan, Mason Watkins, and Eric Robinson.  


     “The best way I can explain it is it’s like soccer with cars,” PHS student Mason Watkins explains before he plays a video of the night he and his teammates won the Georgia High School Association’s Esports Rocket League State Championship. 

     The short clip shows dozens of PHS students cheering on Watkins and the two other players, Carter Logan and Eric Robinson, after they clinched PHS’s first team state title since 1974.

Watkins and Logan briefly explain “Rocket League,” which they say is “much more than a video game,” as driving virtual cars and pushing balls into goals. For competitions, teammates play remotely from a computer

Read more: Esport team takes PHS’s first state championship in 44 years

Noise tests may be deciding factor for firearms range in Talking Rock

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Lee Heisman, one of the owners of Executive Firearms Training, addresses the Talking Rock Council about an executive firearms training range they hope to open in the town.


By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


The Talking Rock City Council held a called meeting to make up for the cancelled regular session. Only one council member, Caleb Gay, was absent for this meeting. 

The council heard a presentation from Executive Firearms Training. One of the owners, Lee Heisman, proposed using 125 acres of property that the company had purchased as a firearms training facility. The intention is to hold classes on firearms safety and the proper use of firearms.

Read more: Noise tests may be deciding factor  for firearms range in Talking Rock