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Deputy Defoor recovering after grim diagnosis


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Cassie Defoor, who is beating the odds in her recovery from brain damage caused by a routine surgery, enjoys a visit from her 10-year-old son at the Shepherd Center’s Secret Garden. Click here to go to her GoFundMe page to help with medical bills. 


Pickens Sheriff’s Deputy Cassie Defoor is defying the odds. 

The 30-year-old deputy is making miraculous strides after a routine procedure went awry and left her in a medically induced coma with grim chances of recovery in February.

“They told me this could be it,” said her mother Brenda Negrete. “She was in a vegetative state and they said this might be all we would get, and I’d have to decide at that point what we wanted to do with her. It was very scary, but I told them right there I refused to accept that. I knew she was going to get better. I held strong to God and faith.”   

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Last call for Jasper Lions onions; Order deadline April 27

Submitted by the Jasper Lions Club



     It’s grillin’ time!!  What could be better with those yummy grilled hamburgers and hot dogs than a sweet Vidalia Onion, straight from the farm?  They’re even good grilled by themselves!

This is the last week to order those sweet onions from the Jasper Lions Club.  Since the Lions started this onion sale many years ago, the prices have remained the same — 10 lbs for $10, or 3 10-lb bags for $25.  Deadline for orders is Saturday, April 25. The onions should be delivered next week.

Read more: Last call for Jasper Lions onions; Order deadline April 27

First Green Drinks looks at climate change

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        The Atlantic Coast Conservancy, located at 72 South Main Street, will host a Green Drinks social and education evening, Thursday April 25th, from 5-7 p.m. 

The featured speaker is Melissa Hopkinson, a Lecturer of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of North Georgia. She teaches courses on Weather and Climate, Physical Geography, and Oceanography. She earned her Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, where she studied past climate change. Her research involved the analysis of air bubbles in ice cores to determine climatic and oceanographic conditions during the last Ice Age.

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Monarch butterflies need you: Free symposium offered to help bring them back



By Suellen Reitz

Pickens County Master Gardener


     Spring is such a beautiful season of the year here in Pickens County.  Flowers are beginning to display their full splendor in color. And with the flowers, we see butterflies. Here in Georgia, there are over 160 different varieties of these winged beauties, but the one most easily recognized and studied because of it’s unique migratory path across North America is the monarch.  

Read more: Monarch butterflies need you: Free symposium offered to help bring them back

Community Day of Prayer May 2

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It is the hope of ministry leaders that all who can will join them in prayer at the annual event. Shown is last year’s Day of Prayer on the courthouse lawn.

By Ralph Barker

President of the Pickens County Ministerial 



Thursday, May 2nd, is the National Day of Prayer. Services will be held around the nation in thousands of local communities. We will be part of this great event.

The Pickens County National Day of Prayer service will be held at noon on Thursday, May 2nd. The service will be held  in front of the Pickens County Courthouse located on  Main Street, in Jasper.

Read more: Community Day of Prayer May 2